Body language is important way of communication. According to reasearch, humans convey 55% of their feelings and thoughts through body language. Our body postures and facial expressions can create a feeling of warmth or rejection. Nonverbal messages are the primary way that we communicate emotions. Our face is perhaps the most important conveyor of emotional side.
Lets understand top 10 Body language facts you must know.
- Use mirroring body language when talking to somebody. I’ve used this in interviews and have had great outcomes. Copying someone else’s gestures in a subtle way makes you more understanding and likeable.
- When People Crossed arms during conversation, it helps them shut themselves off from other people. We often use this gesture when we are irritated by something. Crossed arms are a clear sign that a person is not feeling good about something.
- People blink faster when they are either lying or under stress.
- When people find themselves in confrontational situations, their feet and legs will splay out, not only for greater balance but also to claim more territory looking more self assured and more confident. They typically will not cross their legs while standing because it puts them slightly off balance.
- If they repeatedly touch their face or their hands, they’re probably nervous.
- When talking to somebody, looking anywhere other than his face is the most powerful “I’m lame and unconfident” message emitter you can use.
- If someone leans on the back of their chair, they show that they are tired of the conversation. Perhaps they feel uncomfortable in the presence of the other person.
- If a person is biting the arms of their glasses, that indicates that they are definitely worried about something at a subconscious level.
- A woman tends to play with her hair and lips and if you are sat near her engaged in conversation she will tend to point her feet at you or her legs (knees) or point them away if she is not that keen.
- A Negative offensive gesture is finger pointing. It has negative connotations all around the globe.
“Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.”–Deborah Bull