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Why body language is the key to success

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Why body language is the key to success

How do you make a connection with others right from the get-go? Making the right connection and building good rapport can be tricky especially when you are without immediate feedback in front of an audience, as a public speaker or when giving a presentation or hosting a meeting.

Most of us understand that the key to success in both personal and professional, lies in your ability to communicate well, it’s not the words that you use but your nonverbal cues or “body language” that speak the loudest. Body language is the use of physical behaviour, expressions, and mannerisms to communicate nonverbally, often done instinctively rather than consciously.

Body language is a natural, unconscious language that broadcasts your true feelings and intentions, they’ll likely convey the nonverbal message much clearer than words ever could.

Body language accounts for over 60% of communication and is the driver of how others will perceive you, whether you are seen as withdrawn and shy or outgoing and knowledgeable, entertaining and likeable.

So what are the three major body language signals you want to become more mindful of in one on one but also one too many conversations?

Facial expressions. The human face is extremely expressive, able to convey countless emotions without saying a word. And unlike some forms of nonverbal communication, facial expressions are universal. The facial expressions for happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust are the same across cultures.

Body movement and posture. Consider how your perceptions of people are affected by the way they sit, walk, stand, or hold their head. The way you move and carry yourself communicates a wealth of information to the world. This type of nonverbal communication includes your posture, stance, and the subtle movements you make.

Gestures. Gestures are woven into the fabric of our daily lives. You may wave, point, or use your hands when arguing or speaking animatedly, often expressing yourself with gestures without thinking. However, the meaning of some gestures can be very different across cultures.

Next time you find yourself in a situation where you need to speak in public or need to connect with others fast and effectively remember those three lifesavers for good conversations.

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