Body language at work

A person need not always has to speak to convey your feelings. Most of the time person’s body gestures are doing the talking which is even mentioned by cricket commentators while the game is going. While verbal communication has its own impact, it’s the gestures and involuntary movements of body parts or non-verbal communication that convey the strongest messages. The person or persons receiving the communication remember the body gestures (language) more than words. It is true as concluded by many experts in the field.

This is the reason why it is very important to have the right body language when you plan to make an impression or do not wish to be interpreted wrongly in an office environment.

It gives them an insight into the confidence or discomfort of the person communicating. It tells them about how much the person believes in what he is saying and whether he wants to be offensive, defensive or a partner.

What is conveyed through gestures is important because people who don’t know the communicator very well are likely to misinterpret the silent messages the body sends out. That’s why it helps to be aware of and control one’s hand and eye movements and facial expressions.

Facial expressions reflect emotional side – a smile on the face with some relevant content is an effective weapon.

Here are some tips to train your body to- give the right message:

What you say and how you say is important. Conviction and depth in voice assures one’s determination and interest in the subject.

Be confident and relaxed in an office meeting. However, don’t appear to be too relaxed as it gives the impression that you are not interested in what’s going on.

If you are in an interview and want to talk about your achievements, look your interviewer in the eye while talking otherwise the interviewer may doubt your claims.

In prolonged meetings, make sure that your body language doesn’t convey your is like of boredom with the proceedings.

Greet your interviewer or a prospective client with a firm handshake. Limp and clammy hands convey your nervousness.

If you are in a meeting and the other person gets a call, try and look away or appear busy as it gives her a sense of privacy. But do not ask if you should go out of the room.

Beware of using too many hand gestures as they lead people to believe that you are angry or are getting aggressive.

An assertive behavior, go-getter tactics and pleasant appearance is always preferred over a blunt looking, difficult to figure out behavior.

  • Avak

    Here are some more important body gestures with their implcations.I hope they prove useful .

    Arms crossed over chest – Defensiveness or anxiety

    Swinging arm – Want to walk away from a situation

    Eye blinking – Fast blinking signals stress

    Downward gaze – Feeling defeated

    Taking notes – Shows interest or involvement

    Hand over mouth – Can mean boredom

    Arms behind head and leaning back – Looking for power or control

    Unbuttoning coat – Openness

    Buttoning coat – Feels trapped and wants to leave

    Standing with hands behind back – Confidence

    Clearing throat – Nervousness

    Rubbing back of neck – Defensiveness

    Hands flat on table – Ready to agree

    Stroking chin – Evaluating or thinking

    Foot tapping – Impatience

    Rubbing the eye – Doubt or disbelief

    Rubbing hands – Anticipation

    Tilted head – Interest

    Pulling / tugging ear – Indecision

  • Meghna


    Nice post on body gestures at work……………..