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This video is from our body language pod, which covers the ways in which the way we present ourselves, physically. can have a big impact on our relationship with others

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body language

There are a number of ways in which we impact on other people, and one of the major ones is how we display ourselves through our body language. This pod explores the variety of ways our face, gestures, and posture can make all the difference…
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Q: how would you use your body language to create a positive impression with the other person or group?

face

  • always have your head facing the speaker, full on; turn your whole body to create a full face, rather than one that is ‘over the shoulder’.
  • establish warm, open eye contact
  • nod whenever appropriate,
  • have an appropriate, empathetic facial expression

head

  • be level-headed; this literally means ‘level’ a in parallel to the ground; don’t look down – will look intimidating; don’t look up – will look dismissive

body posture

  • turn to your whole body to face the speaker – which mean adjusting your body posture if a different speaker is speaking.  Looking over your shoulder at someone will seem dismissive
  • if sitting, lean slightly in towards the speaker -as if they are drawing you in by what they are saying; sitting or leaning back can look disengaged, and lazy (when we are tired we tend to sit back in a chair, rather than lean forward)

gestures

  • this will mainly be to do with your hands.
  • keep them visible; historically we have learned to unconsciously mistrust people whose hands are hidden – they could be carrying weapons
  • either keep them still, so they are not a distraction; or, if you want to use hands expressively, which is fine, then keep all hand gestures within your shoulder line (imagine two vertical lines, one from each shoulder to the ground; all hand movements should be within those two imaginary lines)

body position

generally speaking, it is more helpful to be sitting than standing.

  • one key reason is that sitting equalises heights, which makes it less intimidating for whoever is smaller
  • sitting reduces the likelihood of aggression; it is just harder to be aggressive when sitting (not impossible – just harder!)
  • whether sitting or standing, make sure you are not backlit – eg by having a window or strong light behind you.  That will make your face more difficult to see, so less easy for the other person to ‘read’, which they will find uncomfortable, plus they may be uncomfortable looking at such a strong light source
  • if you are both sitting, then it is better to sit at a 45% angle to each other, not directly across from each other, which is regarded as adversarial
  • if you need a table, have a low and ideally circular ‘coffee table’ you can sit around; avoid a traditional table or desk, which can form a barrier

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