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Positive Body Language

It’s quite true that what’s on your mind is manifested by body through movements and actions. Moreover, the way you make your body to move or act definitely shift your feelings, perceptions and thinking. It’s exactly like nutritious - balanced diet, exercise and optimism assuring health, improved immunity and sense of well being.
When it comes to communication, every step or action directly affects on outcome. Communication strongly affects on personal, social and professional relationship and rapport. How effectively and comfortably we can express ourselves is the crux of good communication.

Positive body language can help us to making worthy what we want to convey or communicate to others. It’s not only about how you feel about others but how much you are comfortable and positive with yourself while interacting with others in given situation or environment.

1) Posture: Posture means how you stand or seat in front of the others. It’s directly related to energy, curiosity, acceptability and sense of comfort with any physical - social environment or people around you. If you really want to encourage other to interact with you comfortably, do adopt open posture because it expresses open, attentive and acceptance mode.

Astonishingly, straight and barrier free posture greatly improves grasping.

2) Greeting: Greeting is an inevitable part of human communication. It makes other feel safe with your friendly intentions. Unless you don’t make other notice about your approach or advance towards them, they would hardly take it as safe encounter because they are not prepared for it at any clue. Be polite, enthusiastic, open and compassionate while greeting. 

You can see how most effective leaders or personalities drive surge of overwhelming welcome and good will with greetings.

3) Distance: How close you stand or seat also affects on how others perceive or likely to think about you and accept your exchange. If you meeting first time with any person - group or being introduced to, maintain socially safe and comfortable distance. Social distance or zone might vary in different societies and cultures across the globe.

Do avoid touching to any body parts other than engaging in hand shake (only if it’s a social norm). After getting acquainted with same person, you may enter or let other enter into personal zone at convenience and social norms.

4) Eye contact: Eye contact is the most important aspect of face-to-face interaction. It affects on level of confidence, interest, intimacy, trust and sympathy other cultivate in their minds about you. Do maintain considerably steady eye contact with person you are talking or interacting with. Don't look away or down instantaneously and jerk your neck in front them. Avoid glare or prolonged gaze.

If you are talking to or interacting with more than one person, look at each of them in repetition. Comfort level with steady eye contact might vary in different societies and cultures across the globe.
5) Smile: Smile is powerful tool to help other easily and freely accept your opinion and thoughts. Smile with steady eye contact can bring magical effect during interaction and also invoke interest of other. Smile improves you face value. Avoid continuous and frequent smiling otherwise you would be perceived an emotionally vulnerable, liar or crazy. Exercise genuine, warm and lingering smile.

6) Gestures: Gesturing is truly magical for exemplifying and illustrating. Gesturing can turn dull or discouraging interaction into dazzling deal. Gestures also controls the flow or pace of exchange. They can also convey message or information with greater effect, accuracy and speed that cannot be achieve by words easily. Don’t put your hands into pockets or hold them behind your back; do utilize them for skillful gesturing.

Avoid exaggerated and repetitive gestures or such gestures other may not understand. Align facial expressions and posture with gestures you make. Open palm gestures are ideal for making other feel trustworthy and safe about you.

Most crucial thing above all to remember is that faking doesn't last longer. Reflecting positive body language outside starts with becoming more and more positive from inside.

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  1. Hello, I was watching a YouTube video where a person walked directly to the front of the person. The proposed this was to blunt, they propose to make a person feel comfort we stand at an angle to the person, not directly in front, unless maybe we want to give them a command. However, for comfort, maybe stand next to them and talk. What do you think? I am working on making people feel comfortable.

    1. Standing alongside of any person is good but it's more appropriate when both of you are attending something together, posing for photo or walking. Standing at an angle with somebody is always best.

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