Body Language is a large part communication that has a significant effect on your message whether you want it to or not. Being aware of your body language can turn it into a powerful tool.
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.
Credit: Amy Cuddy | Your body language may shape who you are
15 Body Language Blunders Successful People Never Make
Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren’t always kind. TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). These people know the power that unspoken signals have in communication and they monitor their own body language accordingly.
What follows are the 15 most common body language blunders that people make, and emotionally intelligent people are careful to avoid.
- Exaggerated gestures
- Watching the clock
- Turning yourself away from others
- Crossed arms
- Inconsistency between your words and facial expression
- Exaggerated nodding
- Fidgeting with or fixing your hair
- Avoiding eye contact
- Eye contact that’s too intense
- Rolling your eyes
- Weak handshakes
- Clenched fists
- Getting too close
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