Believed by many to speak more than words or facial expression, body language is an essential tool of communication.
When your body says something and your words say something else, the recipient often tends to pick up what your body language says more than your words.
Learning how to use your body is also an effective tool for communicating to crowds or more than one person.
Here are ways that will help you to learn to use body language to improve everyday communication and to improve the quality of your life:
Identify your body language patterns
Make a conscious effort to think about what your body is doing when you interact with people. Use a mirror to examine your facial expressions and posture. Observe on your body movements when you feel angry, happy or anxious.
Increase your attractiveness
Presenting yourself in a more positive way also increases your attractiveness. Better posture, more controlled and focused body language tends to attract more people towards you. Monitor your social behavior and speak politely when you attend important meetings or job interviews to create a good impression.
Keep eye contact but donâ€™t stare
When you are interacting with a group of people, give them all eye contact alternately to create a connection with the whole group. If you donâ€™t maintain eye contact with the group, it will come across as insecurity, and result in a negative connection with the group. If you are not used to maintaining eye contact, practice gradually until you feel more confident.
Donâ€™t lean too much
If you want to show that you are interested in what others are saying to you, try to lean towards the person talking to you. If you want to show that you are confident, lean back in a relaxed way. Donâ€™t lean too much, or you could create an impression that you are arrogant and distant.
Relax your shoulders
If you feel anxious or tensed, it can be easily picked up in your shoulders as they move up or forward. Try to relax and practice simple breathing exercises that help alleviate anxiety instantly.
Smile, but donâ€™t laugh too much
If you receive any criticism or negative feedback, donâ€™t take them seriously. Never show anger or tension in your face. Simply smile or laugh and accept the criticism in a more positive way.
Understanding the importance of body language and facial expressions to improve your communication can only help your interaction with others and give a more positive impression of you.