Body language is the non-verbal communication you use more often than you realize. You are expressing your thoughts, inner feelings, even your intentions through your physical actions, and often, without being aware.
Reading and interpreting the body language of others is something we all learn to do. From a very early age most of us begin to recognize the variety of emotions conveyed through:
- Facial expressions
- Body posture
- Hand gestures
- Eye movement
Often, you can tell whether someone’s attitude is positive or negative without them ever speaking a word. It can be as subtle as how they present their hand to you – or as dramatic as the turning of their back.
Likewise, truly great communicators know the power of causing an audience to ‘experience’ what they are saying, by connecting with them on an emotional level through the use of their bodies.
Consider this: Slapstick comedy is so popular because physical comedy connects with viewers on an emotional level, something much harder to accomplish through dialogue alone.
You Come Well Equipped
Your voice, eyes, face, and body provide you with unlimited ways to express yourself. When it comes to the right tools for successfully communicating, you come very well equipped. You just need to take advantage of the equipment!
In her article, The Secret to Interviewing: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It, Rebekah Crawford, founder of Jobinnerview.com, says that only 7% of what we communicate is through words. Only 7%! That means that a whopping 93% of our conversations are non-verbal.
When you’re perfectly qualified for a position, but your body language is screaming, “I have no confidence in myself or my abilities!” what can you expect the interviewer to take away from the encounter?
When speaking to a group, how will you connect with them if you’re eyes are glued to the floor, and your face is frozen?
In either case, you won’t be remembered for the depth of knowledge you possess or your level of experience. You’ll be remembered for what you caused them to feel – whether positive or negative.
Before any interview or presentation:
- Check in with yourself
- Honestly assess your feelings
- Have a confident conversation with yourself
- Visualize how you want the event to go
- Focus on positive thoughts
- Practice relaxation
The Unspoken Truth
Remember, whether in business or personal communication, your body can’t easily hide the truth. For more success when interviewing, speaking, or giving a presentation, expressing how excited you are to be there, to be involved, will have the greatest impact if your body language easily backs up the words you are saying.
Be true to yourself and send your message with confidence, through your eyes, facial expressions, and strong gestures.
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