Body language for business, at work and during any business dealings–especially subconscious moves–could be self sabotaging. Nonverbal communication is part of your professional image.
Whether you’re in a setting up a screen share, in a private meeting, giving a presentation, or simply walking to your desk or cubicle, you are sending non-verbal messages with your body language. Here are several ways:
Holding hands out in front of you in a “stop” motion when speaking with colleagues, coworkers, and supervisors could be interpreted as unwillingness to listen to what others have to say because it appears that you are trying to stop them from speaking.
In the photo on the left, we’re not sure if Quentin Tarantino is waving hello or wanting the viewer to back off, especially with that scowl on his face.
When speaking to a group, everything about your message needs to be clear and in alignment. Do your posture, hand placement, gestures, and movements convey confidence and expertise, or do they communicate fear, distrust, or uncertainty?
Pursing lips, looking upward and squinting face and eyes before speaking or answering can be interpreted as low confidence, uncertainty, or confusion about the question or how to answer. The same interpretation can be assumed from bad posture, while sitting, standing, or walking: lack of confidence, apathy, or stressed.
Thumb and forefinger on chin might be interpreted as judgmental, lording over the listener.
Sitting with legs and arms crossed, hunched over; you appear to be closed off, have low energy, are apathetic and want to be left alone.
Hands over the mouth could be seen as disbelief, hesitancy, or reluctancy to speak.
All of these subconscious moves, mannerisms, and positions may be undermining your career advancement without anyone being able to identify and communicate the specific problem that’s holding you back.
If you would like an honest assessment of your body language, professional image, and personal brand, give me a call. Let’s just have a conversation to see what any challenges might be. No obligation. Then you can proceed with some coaching if you’d like, to increase influence with clear communication.
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