Welcome to Episode #95 of The Daily Interaction podcast. Today’s episode is all about your non-verbal communication with focus in the workplace.
How are you presenting yourself through your body language? Are you even aware of the message you are sending? Do you like the message? If not, how do you change it to fit your ideal of what you want to say to the world about who you are and what you are all about?
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First, a self-examination. What do you think your body language is saying about you? In other words, if you don’t say a word with your mouth, what is the conclusion someone may draw about you? What words might they use?
Confident? Timid ? Smart? Knows what she is doing? Acts bossy? Ignores people around him? Feels like she is better than the rest of us? Really in charge?
Your homework: write down the top 3 things you think people might say about you – alright.
Then ask yourself: Do I like these descriptions of myself? Are these the words I want them to use to describe me?
If not, what do you want them to say about you? Let’s match up your body language to what they will say.
I am going to take a guess here. You want them to say you are confident, a leader, smart and in charge, on top of things, someone who delivers results, listens well, a kind helpful resourceful person.
And yes, they can say all of that about you just by watching and observing your body language.
How does your body say this? How can your body say this?
Posture first: Let’s start with your posture – how you carry yourself? Are you stooped? Do you hunch over? Or are you standing tall – shoulders back – head over shoulders – chin back – hands at your side?
Eye contact next: Focus on making eye contact. You don’t have to stare. If you have trouble with this, at the very least, avoid looking up or away or at the floor.
Your work is to observe, observe and observe. Never judge. Never grade. Never be harsh. Just watch what is happening!
The process: first you become very conscious and aware of yourself, then you pay attention and might get a little uncomfortable, then you begin to change and then it becomes comfortable and second nature.
So how did you do? How is your body language? And what changes do you now need to make to get that message precisely right?
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