Be it business conversations or casual interactions; how your body responds is as important as how your word.
- Positive body language plays a very important role in personal as well as professional life.
In business communication, key to making a good impression is not just how you talk but also how your body responds to the conversation.
Avoid these seven common mistakes and ensure a lasting impact on people who connect with you.
1. Poor Posture and Gait:
Bad posture and walking style might harm you more than underperformance at a workplace. Ground yourself by squeezing your glutes and widening your stance to appear confident.
2. Hands in your Pockets:
Hands tucked in pockets during a formal conversation reflects a casual attitude, marring your impression. Keep your hands on the sides, or folded behind your back or crossed afront the chest.
3. Touching your Face:
Touching your face or facial hair while engaging a person is a bad habit. Keep your hands away from your face and avoid any scratching – anywhere.
4. Shrugging Your Shoulders:
Shrugging during an interview or any professional conversation will never have the desired effect. You’d come across as short on knowledge or disinterested.
5. Avoiding or Prolonging Eye Contact:
Avoiding eye contact reads as dishonest. On the other hand, making too much eye contact is awkward. But all aside, good eye contact conveys confidence, leadership, and strength.
Sitting rather casually during a business communication will undo any impression you’ve created. Don’t sit like in a public place with legs wide apart or your body all over a chair.
7. Checking your messages:
Switch off your phone or put it on silent mode. Don’t check your phone during any business communication or discussion. It shows how much interest and dedication you have for the conversation.