Communication plays a very important role in professional life and we all need to make sure that we have learned all the aspects of proper communication so that we can progress in our careers. When it comes to communication, we put a lot of emphasis on speech and written communication but we often fail to realize that body language is one of the most important means of communication which tells more about us than the way we speak or write emails. Body language can send a lot stronger signals than words or written text.
Since the body language is primarily controlled by the subconscious mind of every individual, so it can actually reveal if there’s difference in what you are saying and what you are actually thinking. However, like everything else you can control you body language and practice it to make sure that your words are in accordance with the body language at all times.
You need to make sure that you know which gestures you need to avoid while talking to someone at work and what kind of gestures can make you appear more positive and confident. You can also learn to show your disappointment and disapproval with your body language rather than expressing yourself in words.
When you are communicating with someone your facial expressions and eye movements can play a very important role in conveying your personal feelings. For instance if you are heading a meeting and you concentrate your attention only one or two people, the others will get bored and their attention will not be focused on you for long. So it is extremely important to make sure that you have the appropriate body language that can help you in conveying the right message.
Important Aspects of Body Language:
When you communicate with others, if you are relaxed and comfortable it shows in the way you move and conduct yourself. So even when you are stressed out or nervous, make sure that you do not move stiffly as it will give away your nervousness to the other person. By forcing yourself to appear relaxed you can make a better impression on the other person.
Avoid, When in Doubt:
You need to avoid body language which can be misunderstood or might appear to be unprofessional to the other person. For instance some people have a habit of winking whenever they make a joke, which might be ok when you are sitting with your friends but can be interpreted as a negative signal in a professional set up.
Make Eye Contact:
A steady and constant eye contact is a significant part of communication and without establishing eye contact you cannot make your point.
Many people have a habit of fiddling around while they are talking as it helps them avoid being nervous but the fact is that appear to people as a sign of nervousness and not only does this distract their attention from hearing what you are saying but also makes a poor impression.
Know what it Signifies:
Every part of the body can signify a different expression or thought while you are talking or listening, for instance nodding when someone else is talking means that you are in agreement with what he is saying, biting your nails is an indicative of nervousness.
Look at the Speaker:
Most people have a habit of looking somewhere else when someone is talking to them. This is a very bad habit as it indicates that you are not interested in what the other person is saying and is considered as arrogant behavior.
You body language can help you a lot in communication as people observe your body language almost as much as they listen to what you are saying and the end result is that they believe your body language more than what you are saying. You can practice on your body language to make sure that you are sending the right message across.