While it’s important to be articulate when speaking in a professional setting, it’s equally important to pay attention to what your body language is signaling to your audience. Crossing arms, licking lips, little-to-no eye contact—each is a form of nonverbal communication that can surface when you feel nervous, influencing how you and your company are viewed.
To get your audience, coworkers, and employees onboard with you as an industry leader, own what you say by how you say it. Work through any reservations by harnessing positive body language moves in your everyday life. This can teach you to be present in the moment and help you gauge how you’re being received so that you can confidently represent yourself and your business.
3 Body Language Power Moves
>Radiate Confidence. Stand up straight, articulate for message clarity, take deep breaths, and engage with your audience.
>Smile. Studies show that smiling can trick your brain into positive thoughts—an easy way to banish nervousness and self-doubt. It also helps your audience connect with you.
>Mix Up Your Gestures. We all have certain ticks when speaking. Learn yours and find alternate ways to move and speak. This will ensure that your audience focuses on your message instead of your movements.