ePaper

Monday, June 25, 2018

Body Language

  • Print

Saira Aziz

Our bodies are constantly speaking for us whether we want or not. Famous Scottish Mathematician John Napier has wisely put body language in one sentence, "If language was given to men to conceal their thoughts, then gesture's purpose was to disclose them."

Have you ever been to a party/event where you didn't know anyone? Did you make the appearance - diffidently, so no one can notice you, or did you walk straight ahead to the host, nodding and smiling back at the other guests?

In both the situations you have thrown a storm of signals, through your facial expressions, body movements and posture. This is the power of non-verbal communication, commonly known as body language.

Do you know human communication is 20% verbal and 80% non-verbal; and hence it is a no brainer that it just takes a quick glance, maybe three seconds, for the other person to evaluate you when you meet for the first time.

These initial few seconds are incredibly important, while what meet the eyes, the other person is forming a quick opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, and your demeanor.Be the best version of yourself by self-consciously becoming aware of your strengths in 5 simple tips.

1. Just be Yourself

There is nothing like being comfortable in your own skin, if you are feeling edgy, your body language is going to speak the same for you, creating wrong first impression. Even if you are feeling nervous, try to stay calm, take a deep breath, appear relaxed, stay focused and confident.

2. A Winning Smile

Nobody, not even you would like to meet a person with a big frown and a 'don't bother me' look plastered all over the face. You smile and the world smiles with you. A warm and confident smile will instantly put you and the other person at ease. So smiling is a sure winner when it comes to creating great first impressions.

3. Be Open, Relaxed and Confident

We all have heard, actions speak louder than words; this goes with all the social interactions we come across within our daily lives. Use positive body language at your advantage to radiate confidence and self-assurance. Don't slouch, stand tall, relax your muscles, make eye contact and greet with a firm handshake.

4. Winning Over Your Butterflies

We all feel nervous when heading for a job interview, entering an exam hall, or meeting someone for the first time, which can unconsciously lead to nervous habits or sweaty palms. Be positively aware of your nervous habits, so you can keep them in check. There is nothing wrong in being candid in a light hearted way about your anxieties, this will give you confidence and help you put at ease.

5. Mirror the Other Person

When in conversation try to mirror other person's body language without making it too obvious. This creates a sense of familiarity and we instantly become more comfortable and accepting, when someone looks or sounds like us. But use mirroring technique discreetly, only when appropriate, or you might end up irritating the other person.

More News For this Category

4 ways to level up your casual style

| By
Your casual clothes are the ones you wear on your own time.It's hard to put boundaries on what pieces of clothing count as "casual" and which ones don't.
4 ways to level up your casual style

Get the Luxe Look

| By
Marble is a stone that's been around for centuries. Widely used in buildings, sculptures and monuments, it graces some of the world's most beautiful structures including the Taj
Get the Luxe Look

International Day of Yoga 2018 celebrated

| By
The International Day of Yoga was celebrated on June 21 with the participation of more than 7,000 yoga enthusiasts in the capital's Bangabandhu National Stadium. Organized
International Day of Yoga 2018 celebrated

Fashion don'ts for Eid that you need to know

| By Feature Desk
Putting together the perfect outfit for Eid is not always an easy task. When heading out to meet your family, friends, distant relatives (that you only meet once
Fashion don'ts for Eid that you need to know

Tips to revamp stale interiors on a limited budget

| By
Natasha KhalidMonotony can be lethal, especially when it comes to home d├ęcor. Just as life demands a change every now and then, our humble dwellings also
Tips to revamp stale interiors  on a limited budget

Body Language

| By
Saira AzizOur bodies are constantly speaking for us whether we want or not. Famous Scottish Mathematician John Napier has wisely put body language in one sentence,
Body Language

Stay radiant in Ramadan

| By
Keeping your skin healthy is as important as having a healthy diet during Ramadan. These tips will help you detox your skin during the holy month.1. HydrationDrinking enough
Stay radiant in Ramadan

Is public primping considered rude?

| By and Kathrin Ziegler
Most people follow a routine of grooming to look their best each day. However, there are some things you need to consider before you commit an etiquette faux
Is public primping  considered rude?

Try a little luxury with a beautiful bed

| By and Mary Carol Garrity
Investing in beautiful bedding can seem like a luxury. We are happy to fix up all the public spaces in our house but not so much our personal
Try a little luxury with a beautiful bed

Top Muslim wedding dress to look like a dream bride!

| By
So you think getting married these days is the same as her grandparents' for girls? There are so many details and elements that need to be combined to
Top Muslim wedding dress to look like a dream bride!

© 2018 The Asian Age