Body Language Secrets
From getting a first date to landing that perfect job, body language is essential to communication and a great first impression. Even without opening your mouth and uttering one single word, an opinion can be formed and judgment can be passed. This is all due to positive and negative body language. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that 50 percent of communication is based upon body language. So the next time you are about to meet someone new, keep these few simple tips in mind about effectively interpreting and communicating through body language.
- When it comes to interpreting body language, eye contact is a good place to start. Direct, sincere eye contact shows that the listener is interested in hearing what the other member of the party has to say. It illustrates confidence and helps create a bond. Looking around or nervously shifting your eyes to the floor, or some other far off fixed point, illustrates that you are either inattentive or nervous and flighty.
- While it may not be as obvious a sign as eye contact, hands and arms are another great indicator about a person’s mood and interest level. Crossed arms are typically a sign of discomfort. People who cross their arms are seemingly creating a barrier between themselves and every one near. On the other hand, if hands and arms are held up higher, typically at angles, and a person’s palms are open, this is generally a sign of openness and acceptance.
- Another body language sign to be on the lookout for is excessive nodding. Excessive nodding does not indicate that the listener is in one hundred percent agreement to what they are hearing, it is an indication that they have zoned out. The other person is talking too much, and there is no chance to get a word in edge wise.
- Feet and hands are also dead giveaways about feeling and emotions. When a person is constantly tapping their fingers or wiggling their feet, they are most likely nervous or fidgety. However, be on the lookout for body language signs of affection or acceptance. If a person is continually touching you, or there feet are angled toward you, chances are they feel a bond and connection.
- If you are looking for a great body language example of how a person feels directly about you, pay attention to the angling of their head or body. Leaning towards the member of the other party, indicates a strong interest. Leaning away indicates aversion, or lack of comfort.