Body Language Tips to impress others
Body language is a primary factor in making a strong first impression. The aim is to be perceived as relaxed, confident, and comfortable.
If you remember from previous issue, shaking one's head shows disagreement. Nodding (moving your head up and down) is the opposite. It expresses that you agree with someone. Therefore, make sure to nod your head when you say, "that is an excellent idea" to show your friend that you genuinely agree with her or him.
Smile with a purpose
When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. Great, right? Perhaps. Smiling too frequently might give off the wrong impression.
When you ask for feedback about your project, add a smile to this question: "What do you think of it?" You will come across as being confident about your work and willing to hear any feedback.
Gesturing with hands
Move your hands widely and decisively, and you will show others your ownership of the space and the topic. For example, you can extend your arms to the sides and turn the palms up, moving them slightly left and right in sync with the rhythm of your speech. This movement is particularly helpful if you are presenting something to your team. However, avoid doing it too extensively as it might distract from the content of your presentation.
Standing/sitting up straight
It is essential to stand or sit up straight. It makes you look taller and seem more important. So make sure you stand up straight when you introduce yourself with this sentence, for example: "My name is Misha and I am the your new classmate."
An open stance in your shoulders and arms indicates that you are open to suggestions, ideas and even constructive feedback. Do not crouch or bend-this makes you look insecure.Make sure to stand with an open position when you search for input from someone with a question like, "What do you think we can do better?"
Have eye contact, but don't stare
If there are several people you are talking to, give them all some eye contact to create a better connection and see if they are listening. Keeping too much eye-contact might creep people out.