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    • 10 Simple Yet Powerful Body Language Tips http://goo.gl/Qy6Pbx COMPILED BY – GIRISH CHANDRA ANANTHANARAYANA CDPRESOURCES.COM
    • Body Language  Body language – clues of unspoken intentions or feelings revealed through physical behaviour  body postures, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements – mostly subconscious  Unintentional gestures have been found to convey useful information in specific contexts  eye rub, chin rest, lip touch, nose itch, head scratch, ear scratch, crossing arms, finger lock and so on
    • The World of Gestures!
    • Managing the Body Language  First step towards understanding Body Language is BECOMING AWARE of how our Body Responds to situations  Aware,  Observe, Learn, Change In the following slides are 10 body language tips (based on Carol Kinsey Goman’s article on Forbes)
    • Body Language – Tip 1 1. Breathe, and Relax!  Before an important meeting or presentation, it is natural to be tense and the body exhibits it for others to see  Breathe slowly and deeply; take a deep breath and exhale through your mouth  This releases the tension in your neck, shoulders and jaw that can make you look rigid or aggressive  Consciously relax and be observant of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors – relax!
    • Body Language - Tip 2 2. Use your body: Move, Pause, Stand  Human beings are drawn to movement and change  Moving when speaking will attract people’s attention, but too much movement can create distraction  Move toward the audience when making a key point; move away when you want to signal a break or a change of subject  Use space when referring to different ideas  When presenting three issues, talk about each of them from a different physical position  Present “bad” and “good” news from different sides of the stage  Don’t move while making a crucial comment  Stand absolutely still to highlight your most important points
    • Body Language – Tip 3 3. User Your Palms to display authority  To look decisive, face your palms down  Palms exposed (facing up) show you are open and willing to negotiate  Palms turned down indicate you are closed to negotiation A definitive gesture of authority is placing both hands / palms down on the conference table
    • Body Language – Tip 4 4. Take Your Time, but Speak Up Early  Speak up early if you want to be taken seriously  Offering opinions toward the end of the conversation is more likely to be discounted  By speaking up early you are someone who is “at the table” and ready to participate
    • Body Language – Tip 5 5. Watch others’ body language  People signal their emotions and thoughts through body  When they are ready to leave, they often take the position of someone ready to rise  moving to the edge of the chair, or leaning forward with hands on the arms of the chair or hands on knees.  Respect  Learn the signal and finish what you are saying from the signals that others offer to you, and adapt it in your vocabulary
    • Body Language – Tip 6 6. Make or Build Rapport  People respond to our postures, gestures, and language  When seated for negotiation or discussion, push back from the table and lean away from your counterpart  The counterpart often reacts by backing away too  Now lean forward, put your hands on the table (palms showing), look him or her in the eyes and smile  Interaction  Your warms up and is much more friendly / open body language can help you build or break rapport
    • Body Language – Tip 7 7. To sound dynamic, widen your stance  Voice comes from your entire body, not just your mouth, use your body to become a more dynamic speaker A broad stance keeping feet planted firmly on the floor, hips-width apart, with weight evenly distributed calms the nervous system, allows you to breathe with ease, and amplifies your voice  It also signals confidence to yourself and people seeing you
    • Body Language – Tip 8 8. To stay in control, take a step back  When stuck or feel you are losing control, back up – take one step back and assert yourself  Backward motion is a powerful way to enhance cognitive control  According to a research, people in difficult situations improved the ability to cope by simply taking a step back (literally)
    • Body Language - Tip 9 10. Increase team productivity, keep your body language open  “emotional contagion” - People monitor for emotional cues; if your body looks closed, depressed or angry, people subconsciously pick up and mimic your state  Keep your posture relaxed, inclusive and open, your team will respond by being more cohesive, positive and productive  Your team reflects your state
    • Body Language – Tip 10 10. Smile, without a reason  Whatever the situation – smile  Smile induces a lot of positive energy in you and in people around you  If you are feeling tensed – smile  If you are feeling ignored – smile  If you are feeling fearful – smile  If you are feeling anxious – smile  Smile your way to success, and keep smiling!
    • You are gifted with mind, body and emotions. Use them to your benefit. Girish Chandra Ananthanarayana girish.cdp@gmail.com /cdpresources.com Reference: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolkinseygoman/2014/01/02/10-simple-and-powerful-bodylanguage-tips-for-2014/2/