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Body Language
What are Soft Skills??
            
 A cluster of skills that ‘influence’ how we interact
  with one another.

 Ability to relate and connect with people.
Soft Skills : Importance of
       Body Language
                        
 To Keep people’s attention,

 To create a good atmosphere,

 To create more impact.
Soft Skills : Body Language
               
  How you stand,

  How you move,

  How you appear to people,

  How you look at people,

  How you sound.
How you Stand
               
 Stand Straight
   - Stand on both legs
   - Don’t lean against anything

 Stand where everyone can see you
   -Face the audience directly.
How you Move
               
 Avoid nervous movements
-Don’t walk up and down,
-Keep your hands down except for gestures,
-Don’t fidget, scratch, jiggle your legs etc.

 Use gestures for emphasis
-Practice appropriate gestures,
-Don’t overdo it,
-Avoid arm- waving.

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Body Language

  • 2. What are Soft Skills??   A cluster of skills that ‘influence’ how we interact with one another.  Ability to relate and connect with people.
  • 3. Soft Skills : Importance of Body Language   To Keep people’s attention,  To create a good atmosphere,  To create more impact.
  • 4. Soft Skills : Body Language   How you stand,  How you move,  How you appear to people,  How you look at people,  How you sound.
  • 5. How you Stand   Stand Straight - Stand on both legs - Don’t lean against anything  Stand where everyone can see you -Face the audience directly.
  • 6. How you Move   Avoid nervous movements -Don’t walk up and down, -Keep your hands down except for gestures, -Don’t fidget, scratch, jiggle your legs etc.  Use gestures for emphasis -Practice appropriate gestures, -Don’t overdo it, -Avoid arm- waving.
  • 7. How you appear to people :Look Energetic  Why  -Energy holds people’s attention. Lack of energy puts people to sleep.  How -Stand Straight, Put energy into your eyes, voice and movements.
  • 8. How you look at people :Look Relaxed  Why  - If you can relax people will have more confidence in you. - If you are not relaxed people cannot focus on the content  How - Smile - Make it informal - Use humor- enjoy yourself!! - Slow down - Breath Slowly - Let your arms hang loose. - Don’t make nervous movements
  • 9. Look Confident   Don’t say sorry,  Don’t make excuses,  Don’t be afraid of the audience,  Don’t be too modest,  Be prepared for problems.
  • 10. Points to Remember for Discussion Forums & General Interviews  Do’s  Walk in Confidently  Deliver a firm handshake  Sit up Straight  Keep eye contact  Smile  Watch your hands (no excessive movements)
  • 11. Points to Remember for Discussion Forums & General Interviews  Don’ts  Be overconfident  Offer a weak handshake  Slouch (lazy posture)  Stare  Play with pen/hair  Fidget (small movements of hand or legs caused by nervousness)
  • 12. Few Body Postures  Keep it in Mind : o During Presentations. o During Group Discussions & Interviews. o During Open Forum Discussions/Conferences. o During Daily Interaction with seniors/colleagues in office.
  • 14. Don't fill the air with um, ah and you know. It is natural to pause when you speak; it gives you a chance to breathe. What's not natural is to fill the silent pause with sounds. Verbal pauses are distracting. 
  • 15. Don't use the fig-leaf pose. By placing your hands to cover the groin region, your body says, "I'm harmless," or, "I'm afraid." 
  • 16. Do use hand gestures systematically. The visual reminder created by gestures allows the listener two ways to remember: auditory and visual 
  • 17. Don't put your hands in your pockets. You want to convey that you are confident in yourself and those around you. 
  • 18. Don't hide your hands behind your back. Depending on the situation, grasping your hands behind your back can be interpreted as, "Geez, I hope you like me," or, "You better fear me." 
  • 19. Don't cross your arms. This stance is most frequently understood to indicate discomfort. 
  • 20. Do know when to put your hands on your hips. This is a ready-to-take-action gesture. Yet, it is often given negative labels by others, such as meaning you are annoyed. 
  • 21. Do remember the eyes have it. Of all the nonverbal messages one can use, the eyes are the most expressive. 
  • 22. Do stop fidgeting. Even though fidgets can calm us, those anxious behaviours often make others uneasy. 
  • 23. Territory  Intimate 0.5- 1.5 feet Personal Close - 1.5 to 2.5 feet Far – 2.5 to 4.5 feet Social Close - 4 to 7 feet Far – 7 to 12 feet Public Close - 12 to 25 feet Far – 25 feet or greater
  • 24. When You Invade My Space  Reactions to an invasion of your space o Feel troubled o Get defensive o Become Aggressive
  • 26.