Some people may not be verbal, but you can know what they’re thinking or feeling. How? Body language. We just need to read their body which is continuously giving signals to us. Body language includes gestures,posture, facial expressions etc.
The main two types to know about body language are ‘Positive Body Language’ and ‘Negative Body Language’.
They are very important to know for personal and professional lives. This article is here to tell about these two types in detail to benefit you in future.
POSITIVE BODY LANGUAGE
To project positivity from your body language, you need to remember some points which will decide your impression on others. So to leavestrong, positive impression, these are some points to learn.
- FIRM HANDSHAKE
When we meet someone, the first thing we do is shake our hands. So it is the very important to know the right way of shaking hands. A Little firm handshake makes you look interested and warm.
But make sure you don’t make it too strong or it will be painful for others and it will give a negative impression.
The next important thing is time duration. Do not be too quick and make yourself look like you are uninterested or in a rush. But do not make it too long to make it awkward or desperate.
- OPEN POSTURE
Your posture is the most important thing in showing whether you are interested in somebody/something or not. So make sure you give off the right welcoming posture.
To do that, just stay relaxed but make sure you are not slouching. Sit or stand straight. And if you are standing, put your hands by your side in a relaxed way. Do not put your hands on your waist/hips because this posture makes you look angry.
It will come off as you are aggressive or trying to take control and be dominating.
- EYE CONTACT
A little glance here, a little glance there and people will think you are not being dishonest or uninterested. No one is asking you to hold a staring contest.
Just make sure you hold a few seconds of eye contact from time to time. This will show that you are sincere with them and your attention is completely on what they are saying.
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE
Some people keep touching their eyes, hair, ear etc while having a conversation with someone. This gives off a dishonest and unconfident impression.
So especially when you are giving an interview, do not touch your face or fiddle with your hands. This will make sure you come off as a confident person who can bare the hardships of the job.
NEGATIVE BODY LANGUAGE
It is very important and beneficial to know negative body language. You can know what someone is thinking or feeling, when can’t say those harsh words to you. So here are some points you really need to know.
- FOLDED ARMS
If someone is listening to you with folded arms, they are most likely not happy or even angry with you.
- SLUMPED SITTING POSITION
One way to know negative body language is seeing their posture. If you see that someone is sitting slumped or their head is downcast,know that they are not interested.
- GAZING INTO SPACE
Eye contact is very important in a conversation. So if someone is just looking here and there or gazing into space, it is a sign of negative body language.
Even if they are saying that they are listening to you,through this sign, you can know if someone is attentive towards you or not.
When people are not paying attention to something or are nervous, they tend to fiddle with anything they can get a hold of. Like their shirt, a pen, cell phone etc.
So if you do not want to give off this impression, always remember this sign.
We often find ourselves in a situation when we are doodling or just writing anything on paper or sometimes our hand in office meetings or class lectures. This is a sign of boredom.
When someone or something is just too boring, we often tend to engage ourselves in something minor. We can’t say it but our body language shows it perfectly.