You might notice when you walk into someone’s office and begin to talk that they fold their arms or lean back in their chair. Perhaps they lean closer or place a hand under their chin. These are the big cues that indicate whether you’re likely to get a positive or negative response.
But there is more you can do to give yourself the edge in the workplace.
Here are 4 body language strategies that do just that. If you’re ready to up your game, then read on.
Keep your fingers together – People who keep their fingers closed and their hands below their chin when they talk command the most attention. Using open fingers or having your hands held above the chin is perceived as less authoritative.
Keep your elbows out – Sitting with your elbows on the armrest of a chair is perceived as a position of power and conveys a strong, upright image. Humble, defeated individuals let their arms drop inside the arms of the chair and they keep their elbows close to their bodies to protect themselves. They are perceived as fearful or negative, so avoid sitting like this.
Keep your distance – Respect the person’s personal space, which will be greatest in the opening minutes of a new meeting. If you move in too close, the person may respond by sitting back, leaning away or using gestures that reveal their irritation, such as drumming their fingers or clicking a pen. Sit closer to familiar people but further back from new ones.
Mirror their body language – Mirroring the other person’s body language and speech patterns builds rapport quickly. In a new meeting with someone, mirror his sitting position, posture, body angle, gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice. Before long, they start to feel that there’s something about you they like. They describe you as easy to be with.
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