It is found that only 7 percent of communication comes from spoken words, 38 percent is from the tone of the voice, and 55 percent comes from body language (non-verbal). Are you good at reading body language? Body language messages are sent automatically and unconsciously.
Know how unconsciously you are sending signals through your body language.
Wiping Sweaty Hands onto Your Clothes
A sign of frantic nervousness. If your hands are sweating, just let them sweat. Take a few deep breaths and try to relax.
Sitting On The Edge of Your Chair
A clear indication of being mentally and physically uncomfortable. It’s an apprehensive stance that will make others around you feel uncomfortable as well. Keep your rear end firmly planted on the surface of the seat. When you lean forward, use your back without moving your bottom.
Foot and Finger Tapping
Usually indicates stress, impatience or boredom. Monitor your habits and practice keeping your limbs at rest.
Using Your Hands to Fidget with Small Objects
A pen, paper ball, etc. This is another sign of anxiety. It can also be interpreted as a lack of preparedness. It’s always best to keep your hands comfortably at rest when you’re in the presence of others.
Repeatedly Shifting Body Weight from Foot to Foot
This is another gesture that usually indicates mental and physical discomfort. People may also see this and assume that you’re ready to abandon the conversation, especially if you’re not directly facing them. Don’t shift your feet around more than once every 2 to 3 minutes
Mirroring is another common gesture. If someone mirrors or mimics your appearance and actions, this is a very genuine sign that they are interested in you.
If someone brushes his hair back with their fingers, his thoughts are about something conflicting with yours. They might not voice this. If you see raised eyebrows during this time, you can be pretty sure that they disagree with you. If the person wears glasses, and is constantly pushing them up onto their nose again, with a slight frown, that may also indicate they disagree with what you are saying. If they are playing or fiddling with their hair (a girl may twirl a lock of her tresses around a finger), they are feeling self-conscious and possibly uncomfortable.
The eyes play a very important part. Dilated pupils mean that the person is interested. Keep in mind, however, that alcohol or any intoxicant may cause pupils to dilate.
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