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Body language first impression

Updated: May 4, 2022

These tips can help you to adjust your body language so that you make a good impression.

  • Smile. Smiling is important when making connections with others. A fake smile can be detected easily so practice a natural smile.

  • Have a good posture. Sit or stand upright and place your hands by your sides. Hands placed on your hips can be a sign of aggressiveness. Crossed arms can indicate defense or closed-off.

  • Use a firm handshake. But don’t get carried away! You don’t want it to be to much pressure for the other person.

  • Maintain good eye contact. Use frequent but direct eye contact with the person to show that you’re engaged. Staring at the floor makes you appear insecure with lack of confidence.

  • Lower you’re vocal. In the workplace, the quality of your voice can be a deciding factor in how you are perceived. People that speak loudly are judged to be less empathic, less powerful and more nervous than speakers with lower voices.

  • Avoid nervous gestures. When we rub our hands together, touching our face, play with our jewelry, twirl our hair or fidget we can lose credibility.

Finally, make a good habit to adopt a strong body language and soon you will be doing naturally.

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