Using Body Language at Work
What is Body Language?
You can read signs like this to understand what they are trying to tell you. You will be more aware of how people react to your words and actions. You’ll also be able adjust your body language to make it more approachable, positive, and engaging.
Here are some tips to be professional at work
Stop slouching. Stand straight up, lean forward slightly and have your shoulders back to make you more attractive and confident. Your shoulders should be relaxed so that you don’t appear tense. Avoid slouching into your chair or sinking into it. This can make you appear too casual and not interested in the interviewee. Good posture indicates that you are interested in the conversation and are alert.
Always lean forward. Leaning forward when you’re engaged in conversation indicates interest and attention. It can be tempting to keep your distance when you feel anxious or disinterested. However, this sends the message that you don’t care about them.
Face-to-face interviews are a great way to show interest by looking into the interviewee as a hiring manager would. The key to a successful video interview is to keep your distance from the camera. Your job candidate will be turned away if you are too close. The rule of thumb is to keep your arm from the screen and only lean forward a little bit when you are speaking with the interviewee. This is particularly important if you think you have a potential hire.
Your eyes convey powerful messages. Eye contact is important. However, you should not stare. If you make too little eye contact, it will be perceived as insecure and lacking interest. Too much can cause you to look strange. Eye contact is a great way to build rapport. Make sure you make eye contact at the least half-hour mark.
Treat the interviewer as a friend when it comes to eye contact. Keep eye contact with the interviewer as often as possible, but don’t look away unless it is natural. When shaking hands, keep your eyes open.
Keep your chin up. Are you looking at the ground while you walk? Is your head always down? Instead, keep your head up and look forward. Although it may feel awkward at first, you will soon become more comfortable with this pose.
You should match the speed at which you speak to the other people in the room. Talking too fast can make the other person feel pressured. If you speak too fast, they may feel pressured or think that you are being lazy. It is important to smile once in a while when you are listening to another person.
If you have your hands up and are rubbing them together, then you are probably excited. You are likely to be frustrated if your hands are tightly pressed together. You can keep your hands straight in front of or to the side, and relax with your fingers together. This will show that you are calm and cool.
It’s fine to gesture to communicate your points and make yourself heard. However, it shouldn’t distract from a video interview. You should practice pre-interview if you are worried about becoming too animated or moving too much.
Research shows that the brain is more attentive to our hands than any other part of the body. This is because we evolved to view them as a safety mechanism for us to avoid being attacked by others. If our brains can’t see the hands of others we will have difficulty trusting their message.
If you feel comfortable talking with your hands, you can do so. However, it is important to keep your palms open while you speak. Your palms should be facing upwards so you can show confidence in your words and that you don’t have anything to hide.
It’s all about how much pressure you apply to handshakes. You can be perceived as being domineering, ignorant, or too strong. However, if you’re too weak, it will make people think you lack self-confidence. It is important to try to mirror the handshake of the other person, as this will help you both get on the same page.
Do not put your hands in your pockets. It can be tempting to reach into your pockets and shove your hands in them, especially if you are concerned about your hands shaking. However, this will make you appear more anxious and less confident. To appear more confident, keep your hands from your pockets.
Do not touch your face. If someone is lying, they will be able to tell you by touching your face, covering your mouth, scratching your eyes, or rubbing your nose. Be careful with any hand to face gestures or movements.
These tips are intended to be a general guideline for understanding body language. However, they may not apply to all. People may come from different cultures, so positive actions in one place can have negative consequences in another.
Take a look at how your body language is used and don’t make assumptions. Ask someone if they are using mixed signals. Interpreting body language should not be considered a substitute for listening and talking attentively. To learn more call us for a tailored training session or course for your team.