Everybody knows that good communication is necessary for any relationship to succeed. But did you know that there’s more to communication than just ordinary conversation? Body language has as much of an impact on communication as verbal speech. In some situations, it even matters more than the things people say. Studies have shown that body language and tonality may be more accurate indicators of meaning and emotions than spoken word.
Considering that nonverbal communication creates a deeper impression on others than verbal communication, mastering the ability to understand and use nonverbal communication, or body language, is a powerful tool that can help you connect with others and express yourself authentically. Paying even the slightest attention to body language can be of great bene! fit to the quality of relationships we build. Here are five tips on how to master body language in order to enhance your communication skills.
1. Pay Attention: Make a habit of observing your own, and other people’s body language. For example, take notice of things like posture, stance, and general movements as emotions fluctuate during conversation. The more you notice, the more you can read.
2. Use Your Body Language: Once you understand how and when nonverbal gestures occur, try to modify your own movements in order to convey intentional messages during interaction. For example, always stand tall to project confidence. Or smile to make yourself approachable. Practice makes perfect.
3. Do Some Research: There are an infinite number of movements and gestures when it comes to body language, and each of them have multiple meanings in different situations. Don’t just rely on guesswork and assumptions to interpret nonverbal communication. Read up on it and you’ll discover plenty of valuable insights.
4. Don’t Get Carried Away: As you discover new skills and knowledge about nonverbal communication, don’t forget to be natural and organic as you interact with others. If you become too manipulative about using body language, you’ll end up communicating like a robot instead of an average person.
Like all human abilities, mastery of body language can only happen with consistent practice. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Progress may be slow, or even difficult, but in the long run the benefit of being able to develop sound relationships and interactions with others makes this transformation well worth it. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.