Whether you’re looking for a job of just hoping to spread the word about your business or your brand, your body language can make an enormous difference in the level of success you achieve.
This probably doesn’t come as news to you. People have been talking about the science of body language – how to read it, as well as how to effectively use it to their benefit – for decades. So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already studied up on the right kinds of body language you should be using, now’s the time. In a tough economy, it could make all the difference in the world. It might even change your life.
The great news is that learning to use the right kinds of body language is simple. You won’t have to buy any books or spend thousands of dollars on any seminars. All you’ll need is a mirror, and to remember the following three critical body language factors: eye contact, facial gestures, and body stance.
If you’re the kind of person who finds yourself staring at your shoes more often than looking right into the eye of the person you’re talking to, you’re a perfect candidate to work on your eye contact skills. But don’t worry, nobody expects you to hold a staring contest with the people you’re trying to win over. Learning how to make and maintain eye contact can accomplish a number of positive things. First, it tells the person you’re speaking to that you have their full attention. Second, it has the effect of making them feel valued. Finally, mastering the fine art of eye contact gives the person you’re dealing with the impression that you are honest and trustworthy. What better way to sell yourself than that?
Second to maintaining eye contact, paying attention to your facial expressions and gestures is critical to making a positive first impression on others. If you’re making good eye contact but you look completely bored, you’re not going to impress anyone. On the other hand, learning how to use your facial expressions to show someone that you’re interested in what they have to say – smiling and nodding instead of looking like you’d rather be somewhere else – can work wonders.
Were you ever chastised as a child for not sitting up straight? Don’t be afraid to admit it, we’ve all been accused of slouching at some point in our lives. But as a professional, it’s imperative that you carry yourself with an upright sense of pride. It’s also important to remember that it’s not just holding your head up that gives others a positive impression of you. Breaking the habit of folding your arms and taking on a friendly, open stance can also pay off. People who fold their arms are usually seen as standoffish. Likewise, throwing your hands on your hips makes you look defiant. Relaxing your arms at your sides in the manner of someone who’s got nothing to hide makes you look friendly and approachable – two things you’ll definitely want to convey to people you’re hoping to do business with.
If you want to learn more about how to ace an interview and get the job you’ve always wanted, Artisan’s talent representatives can help you polish up your skills and put you in touch with high-profile and hard-to-reach business leaders. Contact us today to learn more.
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