Non-verbal communication or body language, accounts for more than 50% of how people perceive you and what you are trying to communicate.
There are 15 common body language blunders that people, make that have been highlighted by Dr. Travis Bradberry in a recent Huffington Post article.
- Slouching – is a sign of disrespect and that you are uninterested.
- Exaggerated gestures – may imply that you are exaggerating the truth
- Watching the clock – is a sign of disrespect and impatience
- Turning yourself away from others – shows lack of interest and respect for others
- Crossed arms – show that you are defensive and not interested in what another is saying
- Inconsistency – between your words and facial expressions sends different messages
- Exaggerated nodding – signals anxiety about approval
- Fidgeting – indicts you may be anxious or self-conscious and distracted
- Avoiding eye contact – makes you look like you are hiding something
- Eye contact that is too intense – may be perceived as aggressive
- Rolling your eyes – shows a total lack of respect for others
- Scowling – sends a negative message to and about those around you.
- Weak handshakes – signal that you lack authority and confidence
- Clenched fists – can signal you are not interested in others points
- Getting too close – signals a lack of respect for their personal space
For further discussion of these important points, see Dr. Bradberry’s article at the Huffingtonpost.com
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