Make Body Language Your Superpower

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We are often told to be well prepared for what we’re about to say; whether it’s for interviews, meetings, presentations and so on. However, most of us forget that we not only converse vocally, but also “speak” with our body language. We all know first impressions are very important to any relationship. Body language is the first thing we notice before starting a conversation. Studies have shown that non-verbal communication has more influence than verbal communication. Therefore, the body is definitely another essential language that we need to learn.

1. Personal Space: An Invisible Bubble Around You

Have you ever felt uncomfortable when the person standing beside you is too close? That’s because your ‘personal space’ is being invaded. The distance of your personal space can affect the relationship between you and the person you’re having a conversation with. For example: 1 ½  to 3 feet for good friends and family, more than 3 feet for casual school mates or colleagues, more than 4 feet for strangers and more than 12 feet for speaking to a large group of people.

2. Lean Forward To Show Interest

Always remember to lean forward as it lets others know that you’re showing interest in either the conversation or the person you’re having the conversation with. However, remember to keep your distance. This is to avoid you from invading other people’s ‘bubble’.

3. Point Your Foot To The Right Direction

Have you ever noticed that sometimes in conversations, people will automatically point their foot outwards? That’s a subconscious action when people are feeling bored or annoyed with the conversation and wanting to leave. Keeping your feet pointing inwards shows your interest in having the conversation with the other party.