The body posture creates a significant impact on our personality. It is also known as kinesics. Knowledge of kinesics is essential in both our personal and professional fields. Most of us are unaware of what we are conveying to others through our body language. The body gesture, attitude, and voice modulation make our body language.
Here are some essential tips that will help you to rectify wrong gestures.
Firstly, you need to observe how you usually stand. Secondly, try to understand what is wrong with your standing gesture. Also, try to learn how to properly stand. To learn more about it, you can watch tutorials online. Now, rectify your standing position so that you look more confident.
Standing straight and tall conveys confidence. When someone slouches, he or she carries a lack of confidence and carelessness. Standing with the feet together expresses hesitation. To try the perfect gesture, stand with a gap of about 12 inches in between your feet. Avoid planting your feet too wide apart as that may convey aggressiveness.
Just like the standing position, the position of our hands indicates various messages. Hence, you need to figure out how they must be used. Though we are blessed with speech, some specific body parts take an active role in expressing our thoughts. Hands are a prominent part it. The speech center in our brain is connected with our hands. Using our hands while speaking helps us express our thoughts more clearly.
When you stand or speak crossing your arms, it conveys that you are hiding something or you might not be open-minded. On the contrary, when your hands are free with palms facing upward, it carries that you are approachable and carefree. Clenching your fists or holding your hands close to the body may suggest that you are nervous.
Keep Eye Contact
Eyes play an important role in expressing our thoughts. Some grew up learning not to make eye contact with people. Some of us may also feel shy or uncomfortable so we cannot keep eye contact properly. However, we need to improve it as soon as we figure out how. Eye contact conveys that we are honest and confident. In your professional life, you might get into trouble if you do not keep eye contact while demonstrating a product to people or speaking with your boss.
Try to make positive eye contact at least 50 to 60 percent of the time you interact with people. Also, you need to remember that there are different types of people surrounding us. Some of them won’t meet your eyes, as well. Do not lose hope and keep it up. Be careful not to stare at them directly for a long time during a conversation though.
Other Positive Gestures
Firstly, if you are in a meeting where you have an option to choose between sitting and standing, prefer standing. Secondly, smile when you shake hands to greet other people. Finally, respect your personal space and try to maintain the same with people you interact with.
It’s not too late to correct your body language now. Change them and enjoy a better outcome from interacting with other people in the future.