Do’s and don’ts of body language

Posted on Nov 5, 2012

Folded Arms

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our body language says a lot about us. You don’t want to send the wrong message. Here is a practical list of things to avoid:

Slouching – Usually shows a low energy level, lack of confidence, or poor self esteem.

Folded arms – There are many reasons for doing this, but most people think it means you are not interested and closed off. (I’ll talk about this more in-depth too)

Avoiding eye contact – Can be a sign of deception or a lack of respect. (I’ll talk more about lies in another post)

Looking at the clock – Our eyes show where our interest is. Looking past the person you are talking to will show a lack of respect.

Touching your face or hair – This can show an extra energy, which may come from from being anxious or uncomfortable.

Leaning away from other people – If you lean away from the people you speak with, it shows distrust, a lack of comfort, or a lack of interest.

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