10 Tips and Tricks for Improving Body Language In the Workplace

Before people learned to speak and share complex emotions and thoughts, body language was the main way you communicated. 

It is a very primitive language that we unconsciously understand, but when used properly, it can be the key to failure or success. Your body language can make others look at you in a positive or negative way and influence their motivation to work alongside you, or for you. 

In fact, it can even influence how your boss thinks about you and how open he is to your suggestions, and that's true of the customers you work with. Here are 10 tips that will improve your body language, make you feel confident and make you much more charismatic.

people interacting at the workplace

Stand upright and take control of as much space around you

People who are in a position of power feel that they deserve more and naturally they perceive more space around them. You can fake this feeling and make others feel that you have strength by simply standing up with your shoulders back and your head up, but that's not all. 

If you are giving a lecture or presentation, do not stand in one place and instead try to walk on the stage or floor, but remember to do so calmly and reasonably. When you are standing there, keep your feet on the ground in a wide position, but not too wide - you should feel like a large rock that is hard to move - and move your hands in large movements that are hard to miss. If you sit, put one elbow on the armrest and stretch your legs forward, showing you that you control a large area around you.

Prepare yourself by remembering your successes 

Before you need to talk to people, get into an important meeting or even make a meaningful phone call, you can raise your self-confidence and improve your presence by remembering your past successes. 

These do not have to be memories of the past, but anything that can make you feel valuable and capable of succeeding in the things you do. Imagine what you looked like in those moments. When you do this, your body will automatically work the same way, and you can look more successful and more impressive.

Speak with a low voice 

While we are talking about body language, your voice also has a role, since your pitch can affect how others perceive you in the workplace. People who speak in a high voice are perceived as less empathetic and strong, and at the same time more stressed than people who speak in a low voice. 

Note that it is not about lowering your voice so that they will not hear you, but rather turn it into a sound closer to bass. A simple technique taught by a speech therapist is to hold your lips together and say "Hmm" - it helps you calm your vocal cords and get used to speaking in a low voice. Do this before you start an important phone call with a customer, manager, or audience.

Stand or st in a position of strength 

A study at Columbia University's Business School found that there are several powerful positions that can change the way you feel within minutes of sitting or standing. Some of 

these poses include:
Sitting on a chair, leaning back with hands behind his head
Lifting your feet on the table
Standing with your legs and hands as stretched as possible to the sides
Do these poses for 2 minutes before you go to talk to your boss or client, raising your testosterone levels - a hormone linked to a sense of power and control - and reducing levels of cortisol - the stress hormone. In addition to changing hormone levels, these positions increase your will to make decisions without hesitation, and are therefore important, even before a staff meeting that relies on your judgment and demands creative solutions.

Keep eye contact 

Even if you are shy, or you have learned in childhood to avoid a long eye contact, you have to maintain eye contact with your client or the person you work with for more than half of your conversation. If this is difficult for you, try to notice the color of the eyes of the person in front of you, or try to see what you can glean from their reflection. If this is still difficult for you, try to look at the area between the eyes, where the bridge of the nose begins - but do that to a degree - if you keep eye contact nonstop it may cause the opposite result and deter the other side.

Talk with your hands 

In studies which scanned people's brains, it was found that a brain area called the Broca area, which is responsible for language processing and speech, The Broca area is active not only when we speak but also when we wave our hands. Because hand movements are unconsciously associated with speech, they can improve our thinking ability as well as the way we convey the message we are talking about. When you use hand gestures, the content of your words improves, you speak less hesitantly and avoid the use of syllables that fill an empty space, such as "um ..." and so on.

Keep your body open 

Relax your body, open your hands, let others see your palms and let them know you have nothing to hide. Once you conduct your conversations like that in the work environment, other people will see you more positively and be more open to your suggestions, such as a product you want to sell or an idea you are promoting. At the same time, avoid putting your hands in your pockets or hiding them behind your back so as not to cause the opposite result.

Avoid movements that show stress

When we are stressed we make involuntary movements without noticing it automatically, for example:

  • One hand rubbing the other 
  • Jump on your heels 
  • Finger tapping on the table 
  • Tinkering with jewelry on our bodies 
  • A playing with our hair

When we do these things, we automatically make our words appear less powerful, less reliable and meaningful. If you notice that you are talking in one of these ways, take a deep breath, feel the weight of your body on your feet and the ground, put your hands flat on the table and convey that you are calm and confident.

Pin your fingers 

If you need to deliver a lecture or a presentation or just talk to a group of people, use a method that many politicians and CEOs have learned and applied, hold the fingers of one hand to the other while the palms themselves do not touch one another.

Do not forget to smile 

A smile has such a powerful effect, our brain prefers to look at a smiling face and can see it from a distance of 100 meters. Looking at a smile makes us feel better and increases our confidence in the person in front of us. Duke University researchers have shown that it is also easier for us to remember people who smiled while talking to us, and more important - the smile changes the way other people react to you; When someone smiles, they almost always get a smile back, which shows that this little movement has a big impact on the feelings of other people, so when they see you they will connect you with a positive feeling and be more receptive to your suggestions.