Body language is defined as the non-verbal communication between two individuals or a group of individuals through physical behaviors such as limb movements, facial expressions, eye movements, other bodily gestures, and postures. With practice, you can learn to control your body language and project confidence to those around you.
Body language is an important indicator of your comfort, confidence, and interest for interviewers.
The Importance Of Body Language In Communication
Popular media often portrays body language as something using which you can “read other people like a book”. Human beings use body language in communication along with verbal communication. In the business world, your body language illustrates your confidence and commitment in more ways than you realize. Body language comes into the picture not only during normal conversations but also during formal discussions, interviews, group discussions, panel meetings, etc. Proper body language not only conveys the right message to the recipient but also attracts or repels the recipient.
Body language with employees or consumers can regulate a conversation. For instance, in a group meeting, various non-verbal cues indicate when one person can start speaking after someone else finishes. The use of body language in communication is often unconscious. If a person is yawning in the meeting room or tapping their fingers on the table while the boss is talking about the monthly sales goals, chances are that they will be perceived as disinterested and stressed. Improving your posture will give the impression that a person is interested and focused.
The importance of body language in business communications can’t be overestimated. The way you present yourself, both to your consumers and your employees will change how they feel about you.
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Certain facial expressions have universal meaning
A positive body language helps the person to be more assertive and assists in putting his or her opinion forward more easily than the others. Positive body language is liked by other people and hence, the person carrying positive body language gets more attention and favor in any discussion.
There is good evidence that the basic facial expressions of anger, happiness, sadness, disgust, surprise, and fear are displayed similarly across cultures. We can recognize a happy face on just about anyone in the world. In some cases, our facial expressions may reveal our true feelings about a particular situation. While you say that you are feeling fine, the look on your face may tell people otherwise. The problem is that it is very hard, without training, to be able to distinguish a “genuine” display of happiness from a “fake,” or posed, smile.
A smile accompanied by lasting eye contact, a long glance, or a head tilt can suggest attraction. Touching the face or cheek occurs when a person is nervous, irritated, or concerned. The face is rich with nerve endings, activated by the touch. With a true, genuine smile, the corners of the mouth turn up, and the eyes narrow and wrinkle at the corners.
Smiling is really important. It just brings so much positive energy into any conversation, be it personal or professional. Always keep a welcoming smile on your face which will show warmth and sincerity.
The Eyes Says Alot
When a person looks directly into your eyes while having a conversation, it indicates that they are interested and paying attention. However, prolonged eye contact can feel threatening. Glancing at something can suggest a desire for that thing. For example, if someone glances at the door this may indicate a desire to leave. Glancing at a person can indicate a desire to talk to him or her. When it comes to eye behavior, it is also suggested that looking upwards and to the right during conversation indicates a lie has been told while looking upwards and to the left indicates the person is telling the truth.
Maintain good posture
Once you are in the actual interview, keep your posture upright. Choose a straight-backed chair if possible, and keep your chin up and shoulders down. Great posture displays confidence.
The term posture refers to how we hold our bodies as well as the overall physical form of an individual.
Sitting up straight, for example, may indicate that a person is focused and paying attention to what’s going on. Sitting with the body hunched forward, on the other hand, can imply that the person is bored or indifferent.
Gestures can be some of the most direct and obvious body language signals. Waving, pointing, and using fingers to indicate numerical amounts are all very common and easy-to-understand gestures. Pointing, waving, and using fingers to indicate sizes or numerical amounts are all common ways for people to supplement information. Just remember that some gestures are cultural, so it’s important to research your habits before you engage in conversations with people from overseas.
There are three types of hand movements: Give, show and chop
- The Give gesture shows options (Keeping your hands open),
- Show is just like showcasing
- Chop gesture (Just like we chop vegetables in the same manner if we keep our hands) shows a stronger opinion either by using it with one hand or both the hands. Your hand movements and communication should link. Eg: If you are saying the inflation is increasing and taking hand in downwards direction.
Watching the arms and legs
Crossed arms and legs are physical barriers that suggest the other person is not open to what you’re saying. Even if they’re smiling and engaged in a pleasant conversation, their body language tells the story.
Crossed arm: Crossed arms can also indicate anxiety, vulnerability, or a closed mind. If crossed arms are accompanied by a genuine smile and overall relaxed posture, then it can indicate a confident, relaxed attitude. If a person crosses their arms while interacting with you, it is usually seen as a defensive, blocking gesture.
People often cross their arms when feeling:
- vulnerable, anxious, uninterested in considering another perspective
The arms can also give someone a sense of protection. Keep an eye out for behaviors like:
- holding something against the chest
- bringing an arm to rest on a chair or table
- putting an arm out to create distance
- using one arm to hold the other behind the back
These gestures subconsciously suggest that a person doesn’t feel entirely comfortable with the situation and needs to steady or protect themselves in some way.
Crossed legs: Crossed legs can indicate that a person is feeling closed off or in need of privacy.
Feet can also reveal information. Note the direction a person’s feet face during a conversation.
If their feet point away, they may feel more like leaving the conversation than continuing it. If their feet point toward you, the person is likely enjoying the conversation and hoping to continue it.