Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Positive Body Language

        Positive Body Language

Till now we have come to know the introduction, properties, benefits and consequences of BODY LANGUAGE. But, from this post, we are going to learn how to apply the techniques detailed in earlier posts and apply them in our day to day life.
The secret to success is to act like you are already a success. Sending out good and positive body language not only describes your personality but also is like having two voices showering praises on your instead of only one. In addition to this, people are always more likely to remember what they see and a few seconds of body movement can be worth an entire interview of words. It is said that "action speaks louder than words" and we have already discussed about this topic in previous posts. But, how does one go about getting better positive body language?
Following are the tips which give a better idea of how to project or sell yourself using posture and expression:

(i) Stand Straight::
Slouching or hunching gives the impression that you have something to hide. Keep your head up and smile as you walk. Relax and let your arms hand at your sides. This walk will give people  the impression that you have nothing to hide and you are used to being listened to.

(ii) Be Animated:
Make use of your hands while you speak. Making hand motions and gestures increases the chances that will concentrate on what you are saying. Being animated also helps someone get excited about a project or story that is being described to them. Excitement spreads, if there is someone to spread it. But be cautious, over using of animation can effect negatively and seems fake.

(iii) Pay Attention:
 One of the key aspects of good body language is paying attention to someone and also looking like you are paying attention and not get distracted and lose concentration. Nodding the head and making positive remarks will let someone know that you are interested in what they are saying. Take notes, if that is appropriate.

(iv) Make Eye Contact:
To show another person that you are confident, look the person in the eye. Because this look is traditionally challenging, it sends the message that you are not afraid to stand up for your goals and will not get intimidated by the person next to you. Try not to meet the eye for too long. Maintain eye contact for as long as you feel is necessary and then look somewhere else. If you keep looking for a long period of time, it becomes looking to staring and can sends negative body language.

(v) Scale the Invisible Wall:
People often keep an invisible sphere of personal space around themselves. Stepping into this space for a minute help gain confidence. Touching the hand, shoulder or shaking hands with a firm grasp are all signs of confidence and strength and helps break the wall.

(vi) Use Decisive Movements:
The more a person appears to be in charge, the more people will approve of you. Keep your movement spirited and succinct and you will appear to be able to have many things to do and to get many things done at once.


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