The art of communicating through sitting body language has been known for thousands of years. It is not something new, but only recently has it been recognized as a powerful communication tool. People have been using body language all their lives to tell each other what they feel, think or even think of. The way people sit and hold themselves may just be the starting point to help you communicate better. Learning more about sitting body language will not only help you to understand others better but also to understand yourself.
The beauty about positive sitting body language is that it can easily be learned and you could become quite natural at it, especially if you learn some effective ways to start. For instance, when you are making a speech it is very important to start with an eye contact and smile. While reading it is also important to keep your gaze on the text and avoid looking at the paper or the audience. If the research says that the nonverbal signals reveal your deepest level of understanding, here are some ways to make sure yours is as positive, especially when you’re making a presentation: * Don’t ever look down to show your audience your fatigue or exhaustion. As you look up, the eye contact will come automatically and your audience will get the idea and be comforted by that.
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* To increase your non-verbal communication, never eat or drink before you speak. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book and has worked for hundreds of years. When you look uncomfortable, your body language also becomes uncomfortable and your message doesn’t get across effectively. You can change this by taking a quick sip of cold water or by chewing on a piece of gum.
* Practice your facial expressions so that you look natural and not forced. The problem with forced facial expressions is that they are unnatural and make you look desperate and like you don’t care about your message. Make sure you have plenty of room in your face and that your nonverbal skills include a wide range of gestures. That way, your facial expressions can portray more naturally the intended meaning behind what you’re saying.
* Pay attention to the way you sit as well. Not only does sitting in the right posture convey confidence, it also shows other people your willingness to listen and be engaged. There is something about the way you sit or the way you stand that says, “I’m open to feedback and I’m willing to try new things.” The gestures that follow that indicate that you are interested in them. So it’s important to take note of how you sit or stand, and use these gestures as part of your nonverbal communication. Then the body posture will follow the direction of the gestures.
* If possible, bring more than one hand to your face and maintain eye contact when you speak, or keep your gaze fixed on your hands or some other area. When we talk, our eyes follow the action of our mouth. So that is why when nonverbal communication is part of the equation, keeping your eyes on the things you’re talking about people, your hands will automatically be where your eyes are looking. That makes eye contact easier to maintain and easier to read. It also says to the person that you are interested in them and their needs.
* Use more demonstrative statements and less descriptive ones when communicating with others. In Amy Cuddy’s book, “The Human Condition,” she recommended using demonstrative statements versus descriptive statements. In fact, she said that most people tend to overdo the descriptive words and under perform the demonstrative statements when nonverbal communication is an issue.
The bottom line is, the way to communicate with others isn’t just with words. It’s also with nonverbal communication, such as eye contact, gestures, and the voice qualities of your speech. Keeping these in balance is essential. When you use these techniques with full awareness, you’ll have a much more successful business career.