It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. Body language is a crucial part of communicating. The way you act can warp the entire meaning of what you’re saying.
That being said, bad body language habits are the often hardest habits to break. We become so accustomed to slouching, averting our eyes, or folding our arms that we barely even notice what we’re doing.
Here are several body language mistakes that are going to be tough to ditch. Still, if you’re able to quit them, you’ll definitely thank yourself later.
If you’ve gotten into the habit of fidgeting, it can be difficult to snap out of it. But it’s important to take steps to reign in this nervous habit.
Fidgeting demonstrates nervousness and a lack of power.
Leave your hair alone. Constantly running your hands across your scalp and twirling your locks is pretty distracting. Plus, it can damage your hair over time. It can be hard to quit, so try playing around a stress ball instead of your hair.
2. Adopting a defensive pose
Many people naturally cross their arms or hunch over a bit just because they don’t know what to do with their hands.
However, this posture can make you look uncomfortable, defensive, or untrustworthy.
You should always keep your hands in view when you are talking. When a listener can’t see your hands, they wonder what you are hiding.
3. Shuffling instead of walking
Humans are pretty judgmental creatures. We think we can tell a lot about someone based on snap judgments over something as simple as their manner of walking.
BBC reported that how we walk can actually determine our risk of being mugged. Criminals are less likely to target people walking with an air of confidence.
It can be hard to change up your walk once you’ve fallen into bad habits, but it’s important to walk with confidence and coordination. Don’t shuffle through life.
4. Forgetting to smile
Smiling demonstrates confidence, openness, warmth, and energy.
It also sets off the mirror neurons in your listener, instructing them to smile back. Without the smile, an individual is often seen as grim or aloof.
5. Appearing distracted
There’s nothing more irritating than talking to someone who’s clearly not paying attention to you.
Some people are just naturally distracted or busy, so it can be tempting to check your phone or watch at every available moment. Still, you’ve got to keep this impulse in check when you’re around others. Otherwise, you’ll just come across as a rude and uncaring person.
Stand up straight. Terrible posture is easy to develop, especially if you’re slouched over a desk for the majority of the day.
Slouching doesn’t just make you look un-confident, it’s also bad for your back. Improve your health and the image you present to the world by standing up straight.
7. Being too still
It’s definitely good not to be jumping all over the place, constantly. However, you don’t want to be too eerily calm during conversations. This may make people feel uneasy, or that you’re not interested in what they’re saying.
Instead, try to mirror the person you’re speaking with. Don’t mimic them – they’ll probably get offended by that – but subtly copy some of their gestures and expressions. Mirroring will leave people perceiving you as positive and persuasive.
It can be tough to break out of your poker face, especially if you’re just naturally not that expressive – but it’s worth trying since it can improve how you’re perceived.
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