What Is Your Body Language Saying?
Have you heard people say that it’s “not what you say, but how you say it?” When giving a presentation or having a conversation with someone, the words you are speaking have less importance than what your body language is communicating. If you’re body language is defensive and uncertain, it is difficult to convey to someone else that what you’re saying actually has value! Here are some body language indicators for you to keep in mind so that your words can have the powerful impact you want them to have:
Communicate Confidence with Your Body Language
If you’re not communicating confidence, then why should anyone else have confidence in what you’re saying? Your body language can help to portray confidence when you open yourself up to your audience. Keep your chest open, your arms out, and your back comfortably straight.
Don’t Forget to Smile
When you smile, you are helping people to feel more comfortable with you and what you’ve got to say. It really is one of the most powerful weapons that your body language has to offer! If you’re concerned about the appearance of your smile or maybe having some bad breath, some mouthwash can quickly alleviate any problems you may have.
Look People in the Eye, But Do Not Stare People Down
People pay more attention to those who aren’t afraid to look at them. A failure to make eye contact not only communicates a lack of confidence, but it can also be an indicator of deception. On the other hand, too much eye contact can seem intimidating, so make a conscious effort to make brief eye contact with everyone and then continually cycle through each person as you speak.
Vary Your Gestures Without Being Too Dramatic
Someone who speaks in a stiff monotone and just stands at the podium will lose someone’s attention quickly. So will someone who has extravagant body language and gestures all over the map! Be in control, vary your gestures, and you’ll be able to keep your audience engaged.
Pointing At Things is Always Effective
Do you need to get someone’s attention to focus on something specific? Then point at it! When you direct someone’s attention, they will naturally focus not on your body language, but what your body language is indicating to them is important to know. A little emphasis in your pointing will indicate more importance, but be careful – being too dramatic with your pointing will turn your audience off.
Use Positive Gestures Frequently
Each conversation and presentation is telling a story. To encourage people to buy into your story, it helps to use positive gestures throughout your story. A simple thumbs up can go a long ways to communicating to people that you have confidence in what you’re saying and you’re positive that your story can help them.
With the right body language, you can exude confidence like never before. Utilize these tips in your next conversation or presentation and see how much more engaged your audience will be thanks to your new body language!