Don’t forget to smile

by. Anthony Demangone

We’ve all heard that non-verbal communication is often more important than what you say. Your body language, tone and eye contact speak volumes.

Bernard Marr does a wonderful job of highlighting the 15 body language mistakes (Linked-In) that many of us make. Here are the ones that caught my eye.

  • Chopping or pointing with your hands — feels aggressive.
  • Crossing your arms — makes you look defensive, especially when you’re answering questions. Try to keep your arms at your sides.
  • Failing to smile — can make people uncomfortable, and wonder if you really want to be there. Go for a genuine smile especially when meeting someone for the first time.
  • Standing with hands on hips — is an aggressive posture, like a bird or a dog puffing themselves up to look bigger.
  • Checking your phone or watch — says you want to be somewhere else. Plus, it’s just bad manners.
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