Body Language Businesspeople Use to Build Better Relationships

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Body language is a way of communicating with people that is not verbal. If you’re an effective communicator, you should know this important tool.

To begin with, body language is non-verbal communication. It is about as subtle as it gets and many people think that it’s not important.

In the business world, this is often the case. Some people think that it’s not important to know what they’re saying and doing.

Some people believe that this is just a phase of life that will pass. However, to be effective, you must know how to communicate effectively with others.

In this article, we will look at some of the common body language signals that people use to communicate with each other.

By the end of this article, you will have a good understanding of how you can improve your communication skills and build better relationships with others.

1. Handshake

This is a universal sign of greeting in most cultures throughout the world. It shows respect and concern for the other person and respect for them.

The handshake is also used to show sincerity and friendliness towards someone whom one does not know very well.

When using the handshake in business situations, we should keep several things in mind:

Always shake hands firmly, but not too hard when meeting someone for the first time. Be careful not to be too aggressive when shaking hands, especially if you are meeting someone for the first time.

It is always polite to shake hands when leaving a meeting or a party. This shows that you have enjoyed your time with them and want to maintain a good relationship with them.

2. Head Movement

This is one of the most important parts of communication and it is an extremely powerful tool that should be used as much as possible in business situations.

When using this tool, it is important to make sure that you are doing it in a way that conveys what you want to say without making people feel uncomfortable or worried about your intentions.

3. Facial Expressions

Facial expressions are a very important part of communication. They show a lot about what someone is thinking and what they are feeling, and this is especially true in business situations.

For example, if you are smiling, it shows that you are happy with what you’re saying and that you want to make the other person feel good about it as well.

On the other hand, if you look like you’re unhappy or angry, it can be difficult for people to feel relaxed around you.

When using facial expressions in business situations, we should keep several things in mind.

Be careful not to look too serious when meeting someone for the first time. This can make people feel uncomfortable and may cause them to have doubts about your intentions.

When talking to people for a long duration, it is polite to smile at them now and then to show that you are truly listening to them.

This shows that you’re interested in what they are saying and this will help to build a good relationship with them.

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4. Avoid Frowning

Avoiding frowning is an important part of communication and it shows that you are happy with what you’re saying.

In business situations, this is very important because when you look unhappy, people will not believe what you’re saying.

Frowning can also make you look angry or disappointed. It can also give you negative emotions, even though no external factors are causing it.

5. Using Gestures

This is another very important part of communication, and it is especially true in business situations. Gestures are a way of showing that you are communicating without using words.

Gestures are usually slight movements that people make with their hands, such as pointing or touching someone on the shoulder.

They can also be infinitesimal movements with their head or shoulders, such as nodding or shaking their head to show that they agree with what you’re saying.

6. Show Interest by Leaning Forward

When you’re listening to someone, it is important to show that you are interested in what they are saying.

This is one of the most important things that you can do in business situations and it shows that you want to hear what they have to say.

When using this tool, several things should be kept in mind. When meeting someone for the first time, avoid leaning back and avoid crossing your arms.

This can make people feel uncomfortable and may cause them to feel you are difficult to approach. If you’re at a networking event, this gesture will make potential investors avoid you instead of coming to you.

It is always polite to lean forward when listening or speaking with someone, especially if you are in a business setting.

This shows that you’re interested in what they have to say and this will help build a good relationship with them.

The Bottom Line

Body language is a very important part of communication, and it is something that you should be aware of.

When you’re communicating with someone, it is important to use the appropriate gestures and facial expressions to show that you are interested in what they have to say.

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Alexander Lim

Alexander Lim

Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.