We’ve all witnessed the experts tearing Donald Trump’s body language apart over the past few weeks, but have you any idea what body language signals you’re sending?
Here are a few handy body language tips which you should be able to apply to your everyday/professional life:
If at all possible, don’t do this.
Having your arms folded portrays a negative attitude and depicts that you’re not interested in the person that is communicating with you.
A study sited in ‘The Definitive Book of Body Language’ by Allan and Barbara Pease revealed that people are 38% less likely to learn and retain information presented to them if they are observing with their arms folded.
If you are delivering a presentation and you notice an audience member sitting at the table with their arms folded, a good way of getting this person to ‘open up’ is to ask them for their input or hand them something relevant.
Finger Pointing / ’Palm Down’ Gestures
Finger pointing can be considered aggressive and rude. This is not what you want when presenting to audience you want to impress. In general, any sort of ‘palm down’ gesture airs a feeling of hostility.Open palm or ‘palm up’ gestures are construed as much more open and honest so people are more likely to warm to you and be receptive to your argument.
Do you think you’re a ‘palm down, finger pointer’? Fix it by touching the tip of your index finger against the tip of your thumb. This naturally raises your palm to ‘palm up’ and creates a ‘circle’ instead of a finger point. This will come across as much less threatening and go a long way in keeping your audience interested.
Hands Together Behind Your Back
Want to portray confidence? Job done. This one is all about ‘fake it ‘til you make it’. People often don’t know what to do with their hands and end up fidgeting, but with this quick fix we can quite easily portray an aura of confidence.
While the above three tips are handy, there’s so much more you can learn with a little self-education on this topic. The web is full of information on this subject and it can go a long way in helping you understand what people (or you) are really saying.