You constantly communicate to people using your body and in this article we look at 5 things you should avoid to give off a negative image…
- Looking at the Ground:
- You should avoid looking at the ground when you speak to people…
- … as doing so makes you appear shy and lacking self esteem and confidence, which can give a negative self image.
- Even moreso, it could make you appear to be disinterested, which could be perceived as being rude behaviour by the other person.
- So look at people, show affirmative actions such as nodding and engage in conversation.
- Ingenuine Smile:
- People are extremely perceptive and will know when you are faking a smile so it’s best to avoid it altogether
- A genuine smile comes from more than just your mouth and can be seen in your entire face, particularly in your eyes.
- There if you smile, make it genuine and think of happy thoughts when doing so…
- …because while a genuine smile is an attractive feature, a fake smile comes across as ingenuine.
3.Checking the Time:
- Avoid overtly checking the time when youspeak to someone, unless you have a clear reason to do so, such as you’re both headedsomewhere for a set time.
- Looking at your watch signals that you donot want to be there and that you have more important things to be doing, which can comeacross as being rude
- If you are on a schedule or need to be somewhere, it’s best to be honest…
- …and politely let the other person know that you have an engagement and excuse yourself.
- Touching Your Face:
- It’s normal to feel a little itch you need to scratch now and again, but this should be infrequent.
- This is because repeatedly touching your face while speaking with someone is an indication that you are lying.
- Which can make it appear that you’re feeling discomfort during the course of the conversation…
- …or that you are ingenuine in what you say, making people more distrusting of you as an individual.
- Appearing Nervous :
- People can be put off when you appear nervous or agitative during a conversation and may exhibit similar behaviour themselves as a result .
- This can be you constantly tapping your foot throughout a conversation…
- …or sitting on the edge of your seat and constantly shifting and fidgeting with your hands.
- Instead, it’s important to try and stay calm and relaxed, as again, the other person is likely to reciprocate similar behaviour and emotions.
Randall C. Schneider is the founder and owner of ANTOCAT. he is been freelancing for many years and now focusses on WordPress development and blog design for small businesses and online publishers