Body Language

Recently we have been discussing how to become an emphatic listener. However,  notably a huge amount of communication is done through body language.

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If 80% of what we say is communicated through our body – it does well to remember how we hold ourselves when communicating with someone.


A big one for those who communicate while sitting down these are a few postures which may give away how you’re feeling without you realising. (Especially at parent teacher meetings!)

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Are you at fault of any of the above?

If so here a few tips on how to have positive open posture

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  1. Maintain eye contact – but be careful not to stare.
  2. Beware of blinking too much – it may communicate that you are uncomfortable or nervous about the conversation topic.
  3. To increase participation in a conversation, look like you’re interested!
  4. Smile
  5. Don’t cross your arms and legs!
  6. Nod when your talking.
  7. Lean in but not too close – remember personal space when talking to someone!
  8. Mirror the language that people use when talking to them – it shows your listening and allows them to reflect on what they have been talking about as well.
  9. Have confidence – don’t look nervous – it will come across as disinterested.
  10. Keep your head up high.



If you want to know learn more here a few readings to start you off:

  1. James Bong, Body Language: 7 Easy Lessons to Master the Silent Language (Peasrson Education: Sep, 2009)
  2. Patti Wood, Snap: Makinig the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma. (New World Library , 2012)

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