Do you think that communication can be only verbal or via emails or texts? Well, NO! The fact is that your body gesture and mimic play a very critical role in communicating with the other person. Well, that’s why you should be extremely sure of your body language specially at your workplace, unless you don’t care about all those unnecessary conflicts in the professional network. Let’s all the common mistakes which we all make and should be worked on at the earliest.
- AVOID EYE-CONTACT
While conversing with a colleague, having those discussions with the boss or during a presentation, it’s very important to keep an eye-contact with the other person. Let’s look at the possible interpretations of not doing this – you lack confidence, you want to hide something, not sure of the facts, not interested – which makes it really unprofessional.
That’s how the other person develops a perception about you, no matter you didn’t intend to do that. Always make an eye-contact with the person you are talking to and wherever required, while listening, do nod your head when the other person is speaking. This shows that you are interested and listening to them carefully.
- POWER OF A HANDSHAKE
Everyone has their own set of things which turn them off. This is, I must admit, one of those things for me. A handshake, must be firm because it reflects a couple of things which certainly have a long-lasting impact on the other person. One, it shows lack of confidence. Two. You don’t care. Well, either of these cases aren’t good. Right? An over firm handshake also could be seen as an aggressive behavior. So, try to find the perfect balance between the two.
- LOOKING AT THE CLOCK
If you are in the middle of a meeting, it is very disrespectful to keep looking at the time every now and then. It shows that you are not interested and eager to leave. AVOID THAT!
- NOT GREETING
Always try to develop the culture of greeting your colleagues when you are at work. It doesn’t mean that you have to go to each one of them and personally greet them. Just that if and whenever you come across colleagues in the morning, it’s always a good gesture to shake hands with them and greet. When you pass by and don’t greet, it shows unprofessionalism and arrogance.
No matter what your excuse is, none of the employers would want a lazy or a less energetic employee around. Right? Standing while you are drooping down that wall or sitting in manner when you forget it’s not a bed, are examples of slouching. Studies show that people in firm poses, like standing tall or sitting straight, not only felt more energetic and in control but also were 45% more likely to take greater risks. Moreover, Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School also talks about how your posture can actually change your hormone levels and standing or sitting straight makes you more powerful. So, always try to sit straight or stand tall, if however, you feel like drooping, go for that extra dark coffee shot or may be a walk break.
- CROSSING YOUR ARMS
I have seen a lot of people who do this without even realizing that crossing arms might act as a physical barrier instead of putting the colleagues at ease. It might often reflect that you are not open to what the other person has to say. Even when you are sitting in a meeting, you could probably put your hands on the table or keep your hands down.
“Until we get to know someone,” Marr says, “our brain relies on snap judgments to try to categorize the person, predict what they will do, and anticipate how we should react.”