An employee giving an important presentation in his office cannot stand in front of everyone with his hands inside his pocket with shoulders slumped. Instead, he should use his hand movements to present his idea effectively as well as he should maintain a steady and confident posture. Body Language plays a major role while communicating with someone. They give cues to the person you are talking to about your mood and your interest in the conversation you are having with that person. It is said that your body language, gestures and facial expressions consist of about 60% of the interpersonal communication you have with someone. Therefore it is important that you maintain the right type of body language so as to avoid a bad and wrong impression of yourself in front of others. Likewise, you should also have the talent of reading the body language of people to know the nonverbal viewpoints of the person you are talking to. Here are some tips on how to read body language.
How to read body language
A smile is the most beautiful expression adorned by human beings. People should smile more often as it secrets the happiness hormone inside your body, improving the mental well-being. However, a person who is genuinely smiling has his lips going in an upward direction with fine lines and wrinkles at the side of their eyes and cheeks. If you do not see those wrinkles along with the lips curled upwards then that person may be faking a smile.
A person who is anxious has his lips stretched into a thin line with the increased amount of eye blinking. They may be unable to keep their hands and fingers in one place and therefore they might fiddle or fidget with it moving them continuously. They may also have shivering legs and may tap their feet continuously due to their restless behaviour.
Embarrassment can be defined as feeling shameful or humiliated due to some situation. It can be seen when the person tries to avert his eyes and avoids an eye contact with the person he is talking to. He may also give a tensed smile or a fake smile to hide his embarrassment. Normally the person stares at the ground timidly when he is shy and thinking about the unpleasant moments and emotions which had put him into this situation.
4. Showing interest by eyes
It is seen that people maintain an eye contact with the person they are conversing when they are really interested in talking to them. This can be seen when they maintain eye contact approximately 80% of the time during the conversation. The person may move his gaze to the partner’s eyes, lips and nose but rarely averts his eyes from his partner’s face. Dilated pupils of the person show that the person is genuinely interested in what is going on. Soft and humble eye contact can be good and encouraging whereas an aggressive and strong eye contact may send out wrong signals to your partner.
A person who is confident enough about himself will have a slight smile on his face with his back arched straight and steady. He may also have an authoritative yet confident edge to his voice and tone in his conversation. He will have a relaxed face without any worries which give out positive signals to everyone around him.
A person can show dominance over someone by having a firm handshake with his palm placed in an upside position. He can also stand tall and confident and talk in a way which is quite intimidating. Their mere presence makes you feel alert and scared. Sometimes they even talk by pointing their fingers to show a stronghold and dominance. He will also avoid smiling and maintain a firm facial expression.
7. Showing interest through body posture
A person who is sitting and having his arms behind his neck or head is simply stating that he is open for discussion and he is ready to listen whatever the person has to say. Whereas if a person has his arms crossed in front of his chest, it deciphers the meaning that the person is closing himself from another person mentally, physically and emotionally. However, when you sit with your legs crossed, it shows that you are quite comfortable with the person you are talking to.
So, these were some tips on how to read body language. Reading Body language and gestures not only helps you to estimate the feelings of another person but it also assists you in carrying these expressions while you are talking to someone who is important to you. This can be of a great help in public and corporate places where you need to maintain your behaviour and posture so as to emerge as a confident and determined person