Communication is a central aspect of business dealings, and perfecting your communication skills can significantly boost your connections with professionals and customers, refine how you want to be perceived, and help you get further in your career. Studies have shown that at least 60% of face-to-face communication is nonverbal, making your body language a key component of your interactions. Here are some of the most recognisable positive forms of body language you can employ in your professional life:
Having a slouched posture can often indicate traits like insecurity, inferiority, laziness and guilt. You can appear more dominant and open by having a straight spine with your shoulders back, with your legs slightly apart.
Closed stances include having your arms or legs crossed, or having your body turned away slightly, which can be read as defensive, detached, or isolated. Research shows that people tend to be more attracted to those with open stances, which means no crossed limbs, a straight posture, and toes pointed forward rather than inward.
Little or no eye contact can indicate deception or inferiority, while frequent eye contact (but not staring) can show honesty and engagement. Keeping eye contact, especially when you’re talking, can also significantly strengthen your persuasiveness.
If you are in a noticeably different position from the person you’re talking to, it can make them feel less comfortable and open. When we match someone’s tone, posture, or movements, it can indicate likability and comfort.
Showing a smile when appropriate can indicate openness and establish a more friendly connection between parties. Smiling can also portray confidence and warmth. Smiling can also encourage the other person to return the gesture, which can cause them subconsciously feel more positive.