Use of Body Language in Communication
Did you know that while in India or America a Fantastic or an OK sign is demonstrated by forming a circle with your thumb and forefinger.
In Tunisia the same symbol means I will kill you and in Japan it means money?
Kinesics or study of body language must be understood by all. Whether it is an interview or a presentation, one must be aware of how to use body language effectively.
Read on to understand more about various non verbal components of communication...
- Eye Contact: Always maintain eye contact with your audience. However, a person must ensure that he/she should not fix his gaze at one person for more than 5 seconds. Too much fluttering of eyes could indicate lack of confidence. Staring at a person could be daunting and hence is not such a good idea.
- Hand Shake: While shaking hands especially in a professional environment, the hand shake should be firm and not loose. An iron handshake [very strong handshake] can indicate that a person is trying to dominate.
- Crossing your Arms: Crossing your arms could imply that a person is not open to new ideas/opinion especially in case of giving a presentation. However, in a one-on-one interview if the interviewer has his/her arms crossed, the candidate could do the same.
- Sitting Posture: Leaning on a chair is not a good idea. One must sit upright though in a relaxed position. Sitting back in your chair implies lack of interest or rejection.
- Gesture: Gesture refers to a type of non verbal communication which uses a part of the body with or without verbal communication. Gestures include facial expressions, nods [which is a sign of approval in most cultures], head bobbling/shaking.
- Facial Expression: The face is a best reflection of what a person feels. More often than not it is easy to recognize if a person is happy, sad, anxious, irritated, or excited.
It is very important that in a professional scenario a person must control his/her facial expressions.
For e.g. If a presenter gets a feel that his presentation is not going on very well, he/she should not show the sign of losing of hope and instead try for a greater involvement from the participants.
Enjoy working with kinesics. Good Luck!
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