Most individuals, upon meeting someone new, worry whether or not they will make a good first impression. The focus is on being nice, confident, and savvy or a host of many other feelings, depending on the interaction.
If you are like most individuals, this is true for you, as well. Did you realize, however, that this is most likely true for the individual you are meeting, too? Just about everyone wants to have someone like them or need them in one capacity or another.
Sometimes you meet someone who may be a potential significant other, while other times you may be meeting your newest and best client. Did you know that body language plays a significant role in all of this?
What is Body Language
For most us, body language is not something we pay too much attention to on a daily basis. Body language, believe it or not, is another way of communicating; however, it is a nonverbal form of communication.
For example, an individual may be telling you one thing, but his or her body language speaks differently.
If someone is telling you verbally that he or she is not angry, yet he or she has crossed arms with a furrowed brow as a facial expression, chances are this person is still upset.
Sometimes body language can convey a message better than the spoken word. Sometimes, the expression on your face says more than words could ever say.
Body language is not limited to facial expressions, however. The lips, arms, hands, and your posture are also body parts used to express what is known as body language.
For example, lips parted open showing teeth represent someone who is relaxed, while pursed lips will express someone who is uptight or unresponsive.
Someone who leans toward you while engaging in conversation may be an individual who is a bit more on the aggressive side. Moreover, someone who leans back with his or her feet slightly parted may indicate someone who is a bit more passive and open to meeting new people.
Why is Body Language Important
It is important to learn how to read body language for two reasons. One reason is to read the signs and signals of others and the other reason is to display the appropriate message you wish to send to others.
When it comes to business or personal interactions, you want to decipher what is really going on in the mind of another individual. By learning to read body language, you will gain the advantage of interpreting what someone else is thinking.
If someone is closed to what you are saying, indicated by folded arms and a tight stance, that is your cue to change tracks. You can then go on to be more relaxed and friendly and gain that individual’s trust before speaking further to your prospect on your product or idea.
Once you learn how to read body language, you can utilize this skill in relationships with any individual, whether business or personal.
Learning to use body language appropriately, and to read it as well, will help you communicate better and build rapport socially and in business.
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