Body language is such a HUGE part of communication, that we dug up some more intel for you.
Here are some tips to make people more receptive to you and the messages you’re sending.
Rather than staring at someone straight on, rotate your focus to something slightly to the right or the left of the person you’re talking to. Constant eye-contact can make someone feel uncomfortable and nervous.
If you’re naturally a hands-on person, keep in mind that touching the back of a person’s hand, wrist or forearm is the gesture that’s least likely to offend them.
And if you want to seem powerful and assertive, don’t cross your legs. Instead, take up some space. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, or sit with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Even if it means you need to sit forward a bit.
And a final bit of body language intelligence:
If you find yourself standing too close to someone, make a joke and say something like, “Sorry – I’m a little in your face, aren’t I?” and move back. Experts call these maneuvers “the sign-language of success.”