We are always communicating, it’s part of being human. The thing that many people don’t realize is how significant their body language is to interactions with others. Especially in high-importance situations such as interviews and business meetings, maintaining good posture is extremely beneficial. At Eagle Eye Events, we strive to control and deliberately leverage our body language.
There are a few bad habits that you should definitely avoid, such as having a weak handshake, slumping in your chair, and not standing straight. Similarly it is important to avoid fidgeting or idly playing with hair, clothing, or jewelry.
If you use your gestures and mannerisms to your advantage, you will convey confidence and even be more likeable. Make strong eye contact, smile a lot, and maintain an open stance. All of these things are both welcoming and suggest that you are self-assured. You may be surprised by how much good these simple habits can do in a business meeting.
Of course, forming good habits is not always easy. Try practicing how you sit and carry yourself. This may feel a little silly at first, but the benefits are definitely worth it. You may even want to try recording yourself so you can see what you’re doing from a different perspective.
Another important step in controlling your body language is to make sure you are fully prepared for every meeting or interview. Many of the worst habits are brought on by anxiety, so be sure to do your homework.
If you stay on top of your body language, you will undoubtedly find yourself building more influence.