Body Language Tips before your Next Big Meeting

By | August 31, 2019

Body Language is very crucial, especially when you have a big meeting and you are the hero. If you do not seem to be confident while giving a presentation or explaining the facts, then you might look insecure, unreliable, or unimpressive. When you enter into the room, you should look very confident, full of positive vibes and with the right body language.

Not only an appropriate body language is essential in a big meeting, but it should be perfect everywhere- be it an interview, training sessions or a meeting. Body Language includes everything beginning from your outfit, your hairstyle, accessories that you wear and how you are carrying your documents.

From the time you enter the room, you are judged by people with different kinds of opinions. So it is imperative that when you enter the room, your shoulders should never be droopy instead should be upright, greet others well, good eye contact is essential, hand gestures should be positive, etc. There are many things that you would have to be diligent about before entering the meeting room. Listed below are few points to assist you so that you look confident and convincing

Stay at a particular spot

Do not move too much as it would make noise, distract people, and would seem that you are getting bored in the meeting. Ensure that you make a balance between a formal posture and movement. You should keep your legs still and do not wiggle in the chair too much. You should neither lean back too much as it seems that you are too casual, nor should you lean forward as it gives an impression that you are aggressive.

Always sit straight in the meetings or interviews and show that you are at ease, but not at all lazy.

Eye contact

Let us come to another significant element, which is eye contact. You have to be very diligent in the meeting when it comes to maintaining eye contact. You should try and keep a natural smile on your face and strive to maintain eye contact diligently, as it shows that you are confident and sure about what you are talking. Once you lose eye contact, it shows that you are not interested, dishonest, or insecure. Not to forget, that too much eye contact can also turn into staring, so ensure that you do not cross the thin line between eye contact and staring. Just make sure that you have eye contact with everyone present in the meeting. It depicts that you are paying attention to everyone present in the meeting.

Hand gestures

At times, with your hand movements, you would not even know while others would have already make presumptions about you. Playing with your hair, jiggling with a pen, crossing your arms and sitting, etc. all these factors show that you are not interested in the meeting and getting bored; try to avoid such things. Never cross your arms and sit as it depicts that you are feeling uncomfortable. You should positively use your hands. The hand movements that you can use are using palm which represents positivity and honesty. One more point is that do not again and again touch your face or neck as others present there would understand that either you are nervous or feeling uneasy, so avoid it.

Monitor your tone

If you talk to people in a clear and crisp voice, it portraits that you are confident and have complete knowledge of what you are talking.  Breathe and take a pause when someone asks you a question. It would benefit you by giving some time and preparing for the tone that you should use. Also, ensure that you let the question finish first before you answer it, else it would seem very rude and would represent you as a bad listener or impatient. Your tone should not vary too much as sometimes very low and sometimes too exciting. Your rate of speech should also be taken care of as if you speak too fast, people would not understand your point and would also look as if you are afraid. So, the best solution to it is that you should not be apologetic or defensive; interact with the interviewers as an equal.

Mirror the body language

Mirroring others body language mean sitting like others, but that does not mean that you intentionally just start copying every movement. You should try and match with other positive body movements; it would give an excellent impression and would not make you look awkward. Do not let them know that you are precisely copying them. Just nod if everyone is doing so, smile on the positive and good points, etc. The art of mirroring is doing it naturally by not letting others know, as it can create an unpleasant situation. Hence, only do it when it seems appropriate else do not do it.

Hand shake

‘How is your handshake’ matters a lot when you are going for a big meeting. You would have to connect to many big delegates of the company and would have to handshake with them. So it is imperative for you to understand its importance. A weak handshake depicts that you are not confident and may appear that you are nervous. On the contrary, a very strong handshake would portrait you being too aggressive and would leave a negative impact on others.

So, be careful and work on your handshake. It should be firm, and the other person should instantly feel the enthusiasm, positivity, and endurance in you.

These were a few points that you need to be watchful about so that others do not know what is going on inside you. Here is the gist of the above points-

  • Do not move unnecessarily and avoid making noises from the chair or by playing with the pen.
  • Maintain healthy eye contact with all the people sitting in the room.
  • Do not fold your hands and sit; it shows that you are not comfortable.
  • Both high and low pitch should be avoided.
  • Nod the head when everybody does if you agree to the point and sit as others to refrain looking awkward.
  • A firm handshake with a natural smile leaves a very positive impression.

Hence, follow all these particulars to make your meeting successful and to look presentable. Last but not least, always respect every individual in the meeting and have a professional attitude.

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