Body language in business communication

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Published on September 30, 2015

Author: NaazSheikh


1. BODY LANGUAGE IN BUSINESS COMMUNICATION GROUP MEMBERS Sneha Chouhan, Amreen Pathan, Nazneen Sheikh, Shivani Sahu

2. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY BODY LANGUAGE? • Body language is a kind of nonverbal communication, where thoughts, intentions, or feelings are expressed by physical behaviours, such as facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space.

3. What's your body telling you? • Body language: The gestures, poses, movements, and expressions that a person uses to communicate. • 7 % VERBAL (Conveyed through words) • 38 % VOCAL (intonation , pitch, pauses , etc) • 55 % NON VERBAL (body language)

4. • In today’s hard world you don’t just have to be able to “TALK THE TALK” you’ve got to “WALK THE TALK” • How to trigger positive emotions • How to ensure you are not interrupted • How to create instant rapport and trust • How to know when someone is lying • How to deal with rude and aggressive people

5. Types of body language • Facial expression • Body postures • Gestures • Handshakes • Tone of voice

6. Appearance and physique “The impression people make on one another is based 60% on their appearance, 33 % on on the way in which they speak and 7 % on what they say” • INCOME • STATUS • PERSONALITY • OCCUPATION

7. How to be attractive • eye contact • facial expression • head movements • gestures • postures • proximity • body contact •Appearance & physique •Timing & synchronization

8. The 15 Biggest Body Language Blunders

9. Leaning Back too much — you come off lazy or arrogant No: 1

10. Leaning forward — can seem aggressive. Aim for a neutral posture No: 2

11. Breaking eye contact too soon — can make you seem untrustworthy or overly nervous. Hold eye contact a hair longer, especially during a handshake No: 3

12. Nodding too much — can make you look like a bobble head doll! Even if you agree with what’s being said, nod once and then try to remain still No: 4

13. pointing with your hands — feels aggressive No: 5

14. Crossing your arms — makes you look defensive, especially when you’re answering questions. Try to keep your arms at your sides No: 6

15. Fidgeting — instantly telegraphs how nervous you are. Avoid it at all costs No: 7

16. Holding your hands behind your back (or firmly in your pockets) — can look rigid and stiff. Aim for a natural, hands at your sides posture No: 8

17. Looking up or looking around — is a natural cue that someone is lying or not being themselves. Try to hold steady eye contact No: 9

18. Staring — can be interpreted as aggressive. There’s a fine line between holding someone’s gaze and staring them down No: 10

19. Failing to smile — can make people uncomfortable, and wonder if you really want to be there. Go for a genuine smile especially when meeting someone for the first time No: 11

20. Stepping back when you’re asking for a decision — conveys fear or uncertainty. Stand your ground, or even take a slight step forward with conviction No: 12

21. Steepling your fingers or holding palms up — looks like a begging position and conveys weakness No: 13

22. Standing with hands on hips — is an aggressive posture, like a bird or a dog puffing themselves up to look bigger No: 14

23. Checking your phone or watch — says you want to be somewhere else. Plus, it’s just bad manners No: 15

24. So, what should you do? Aim for good posture in a neutral position, whether sitting or standing.

25. Stand with your arms at your sides, and sit with them at your sides or with your hands in your lap. Pay attention so that you naturally hold eye contact, smile, and be yourself.

26. If you discover you have a particular problem with one or two of the gestures on the list, practice by yourself with a mirror or with a friend who can remind you every time you do it, until you become aware of the bad habit yourself.


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