In the 1960s, UCLA professor Dr. Albert Mehrabian concluded that at least 55% of communication is non-verbal. To truly master communication, you need to polish up your physical eloquence. Harnessing your body language is an incredible tool for projecting confidence, competence, and good character. With these expert tips, you’ll be able to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk.
- Take your hands out of your pockets and put them in plain view. Pocketed hands project uncertainty, and people are less likely to trust you, if they can’t see your hands.
- When making a presentation, use movement to your advantage. Engage your audience by moving forward when you are trying to make a point, and take a step back when you are pausing or switching between talking points.
- Leaning forward and resting your hands comfortably on a table, palms showing, facilitates warm, open communication. This is an excellent way to get potential clients or partners more engaged and help employees feel more comfortable.
- If you need to convey a strong point, gesture with your palms down and fingers slightly spread. It underlines your opinion without making you seem closed off.
- Learn how to walk and stand tall. Roll your shoulders back and relax them. Square your feet beneath you, pull your core in and hold your head straight. This projects confidence and makes you seem more dynamic.
- People subconsciously mirror the gestures and posture of people they agree with. You can let someone know you agree with them without saying a word by subtly mirroring them, or see if they agree with you by examining their posture.
Working on your physical communication cues will help you solidify business relationships and get your point across with finesse. Once you can conduct yourself with confidence, you may find that you start feeling as good as you look!