Your body language will speak volumes about you. Whether you make it speak in your favor or against you depends solely on you.
It is common knowledge that first impression is cast based on body language because the way you present yourself speaks before you form any words. We all want to cast a lasting impression but one bad movement or one bad pose can tick things against you pretty fast. That is why here are a few tips on improving your body language even when times are not in your favor.
Dial it Up
Be more enthusiastic during meetings and conferences. Of course, you may say that you were highly energetic but others in the same room may disagree. Therefore, as a general rule, no matter how energetic you think you are, try giving 20% more than that. Don’t go overboard, though. Increase it slightly when compared to how you normally are. That is all.
Smile Through Tough Times
Frowning, scowling, glowering, and grimacing are highly negative expressions and can make you feel even worse. The best way to tackle tough times is to smile so that your brain does not get more stressed than it already is. You may find it difficult but you should try smiling not just to yourself but to people around you as well. Remember that people will mirror you; you will get what you give them. Smile, thus, and get a smile!
Change your Stance
When someone stands face-to-face you may be intimidated. However, you don’t need to feel confronted and back away. You just need to change your position on the stop. Simply turn to an angle so that you are almost side-by-side. [Imagine a supermodel striking a pose. Models never stand such that their bodies completely face the camera. They always stand at an angle.]
Use your hands when you talk. Use the right gestures to coordinate with what you are saying and you will cast a positive impression on the listener. This will also help you feel more confident and in tune with the moment. This is probably the easiest way to rest your nerves and to speak to someone.
Every body language guide advises you to make eye contact. However, you really can’t make eye contact when you are thinking. Therefore, when you have to think about what you must say next, the best thing to do would be to gracefully look away and appear thoughtful. Once you have gathered your thoughts, you can make eye contact again and continue.
Body language is very powerful and you must not take its impact lightly.
Body language can work wonderfully in your favor or it can crumple your impression in seconds. Ergo, you should be careful about your facial expressions, your hand movements, and your way of standing while talking to someone.