5- The Art of Office Body Language

Inspired by the 2016 presidential candidates, John and Mike discuss the importance of nonverbal communication through body language. Reading and understanding people’s body language is challenging in the office, but it doesn’t have to be. With heightened self awareness and practice, you can present yourself as confident and capable young professional.

Some notes to augment your experience

80% of all communication is nonverbal
Don’t underestimate the value of a genuine smile
Attitude is contagious
Be genuinely happy
Talk to your staff 1 on 1
Be aware of your body language – Be genuine
Make sure your body language is purposeful to your mindset
Be self aware in your body language
Don’t be a distraction during a meeting
Find trusting friends in the office to call you out for strange body language gestures
Think about the message you’re sending when not focused on subject
Everyone’s watching, whether you realize it or not
Show that you’re paying attention
Practice your body etiquette
Power Stances – Superman Pose
Vince Lombardi
Practice facial inflections
Practice your thinking face
Watch your “Ums”
Don’t start a sentence with UM or SO
Don’t say “Like” all the time
Open hands mean open minded
Point with all 5 fingers, not just 1
Sit and stand up straight
Vocal tones can be perceived differently from men and women
Steeping pose
Bad habits to avoid- Screen starring, clenched fists, jaw
Deep breaths and lips smacking can be perceived as disrespectful
Don’t just turn your head, Turn your body to focus on someone
Bring other people into the conversation – Be a moderator
Show people you’re listening – Point your toes and belt buckle
Eye contact – Know how much is enough and too much

5 Takeaways

  1. Be as self aware as you can
  2. Know that 80% of communication is nonverbal
  3. Practice your body language mannerisms
  4. Be an active listener
  5. This is an art, not a science, skills may not work for everyone

Links for further reading

Forbes– 10 Simple and powerful body language tips

Science of People — Master office Body Language

American Express —4 ways your body language can project confidence

Black Enterprise– Body language tips and office confidence

Womanitely — Women- Office Body language rules to follow

INC — 15 Body language secrets of successful people

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