Body language: it’s a difficult one to get right, and something many people (understandably) struggle with. The team at Girls in Charge want to make sure that anyone who interacts with us can glean some simple, no nonsense tips if this is something you find difficult. In many different environments, whether that be networking or a job interview, body language is key. Read on to find out some best practices…
If you can, try and give someone as much eye contact as possible. We know this can be difficult for some, so even minimal eye contact will be beneficial to important conversations you’re having.
Take Up Space
Leaning forward, instead of slouching back, can show interest and engagement. Another one to show this is by working on your posture: straighten your back and uncross your arms and legs. These small changes can make a world of difference in what you’re conveying to the world around you. You’re allowed to take up space, so let your body mirror this sentiment.
It’s tempting when you may feel anxious or worried in new situations to speed everything up, including your movements. It’s okay to slow down and give yourself time to digest a situation. Then, your body language becomes more natural as you respond to both verbal and non-verbal cues.
Use Your Hands
You have probably been told at least once in your life how important a firm, confident handshake is, but have you thought about using your hands in other situations? Using natural hand gestures can increase the impact of what you’re saying, and if you’re giving a presentation, facing your palms towards your content can show you’re confident and transparent.
The Chameleon Effect
The Chameleon Effect, known as mirroring, is simply just mimicking other people’s movements. Mirroring a few gestures of someone you’re interacting with can show them once again that you’re interested and attentive. If you’re networking, doing this may create a useful relationship.
Are we missing any top tips? Let us know in the comments. If you’re looking for even more practical advice concerning body language, why don’t you sign up to our upcoming online workshop on Wednesday 8th November, 6pm GMT.
We hope to see you there!