Negative Non-Verbal Body Language
Negative non-Verbal Body Language
Your ability to communicate effectively is key to your success in personal and professional relationships. However, it’s your nonverbal cues (or “body language“) that speaks loudest. The use of nonverbal communication, such as body language, is the use and expressions of your body to communicate, usually done instinctively, rather than consciously.
You are constantly giving and receiving nonverbal signals to others whether you realise it or not. Your nonverbal behaviour, such as your posture, tone of voice and eye contact, sends strong messages. These behaviours can help you build trust and ease people’s feelings. Or they can confuse and offend and derail what you are trying to communicate. These messages don’t stop when you stop talking. Even if you are silent, these messages continue to be communicated nonverbally.
Sometimes, the words you speak and your body language can be completely different. Your body language can be misleading. If you speak one thing but your body language is another, your listener may feel you are being dishonest. For example, if you say yes and then shake your head no. Listeners must decide whether to believe the nonverbal or verbal messages when confronted with mixed signals. Because body language is an unconscious, natural language that communicates your true feelings, intentions and thoughts, the listener will likely opt for the nonverbal message.
You can communicate what you mean and connect with others better by understanding and using nonverbal communication. This will help you build stronger and more rewarding relationships.
Nonverbal communication and body language
Communication tools include facial expressions, posture, tone, voice, gestures and facial expressions. Learn how to read and utilise body language to improve your relationships at work and home.
Nonverbal communication is vital
Nonverbal communication cues are the ways you look, listen, move and react. They tell the person you are communicating with if you care, if truthfulness is a priority, and how attentive you are to their needs. Your nonverbal communication cues should match the words you are saying. This increases trust, clarity, rapport, and trust. They can cause tension, mistrust, or confusion if they don’t.
It is important to be more sensitive to nonverbal and body cues, as well as the signals of others, if you are to communicate better.
Negative Body Language
Your credibility is damaged by negative body language when you speak in public.
It is a common interest for us all to understand the meanings of gestures, facial expressions and postures. These questions don’t require you to be an expert in body language.
- What does this gesture mean?
- Are they responding positively to my request?
- Do I see truthfulness or lies?
- Are these nonverbal behaviours reliable information?
7 examples of nonverbal body language in the workplace
1. Vocal Tone
Understanding the speaker’s speaking style, pitch, rate, volume, and voice all play a role in understanding them. Nonverbal cues such as changes in voice tone can also help you understand the speaker. You can take as much time as you want, but their tone changed from sweet and warm before they answered your question to sharp and cold after.
Do you shake your head, chew your nails, or play with your pen as another person talks to you in a meeting? This could indicate to the speaker that you are bored, nervous, or disinterested. Fidgeting can be a way to release your inner feelings and act as a displacement behaviour.
3. Expressions of facial expressions
Because facial expressions are directly linked to emotions, they can reveal our thoughts and may be our most powerful nonverbal communication tool in daily life. Imagine pitching a product to a client while looking anxious and fearful. This could convey to your client that there is little trust in the product. If you truly want to sell your product, you should show enthusiasm and positive energy with your facial expressions. Your excitement will get customers excited about your product.
4. Head movements
Head movements are a rich source of communication. They can also be one of the most easily understood nonverbal cues. Some head movements are cultural-specific. For example, nodding in agreement within western cultures. You may need to ask them if they have any questions or if they are confused.
5. Hand gestures
Hand gestures can be used to punctuate spoken words and provide context for the speaker and the message. Sometimes, hand gestures can give clues about the speaker’s emotions. A person could be anxious or lying if they tremble their hands.
6. Body posture
The participant’s level of involvement and attention can be determined by their body posture. Poor posture such as slouching or bending forward may indicate that the listener is not interested in the conversation. If the person you are speaking to is standing, sitting straight, leaning forward and standing, it may indicate that they are attentive, focused, and interested in the conversation. The body posture can reveal a person’s personality traits, such as their confidence, happiness, friendliness, and submissiveness.
7. Distance physical
The tone of a conversation can be set by the physical distance between them. If an employee is very close to you and wants to talk with you, it could indicate that they have confidential information to share. Sometimes, it could also be considered hostile or intrusive to touch or get close to someone while you talk. Physical distance can be misleading as different cultures need different levels of distance to communicate in the workplace.
This is what you’ve seen happen when speakers try to antagonise their audience rather than building influence. Negative facial expressions. They don’t want to answer the questioner, so they just nod in their direction. As you contemplate your momentous response, these actions seem to indicate that you don’t enjoy having this conversation with you. Soon, it will be the same for the audience.