We all know that what you actually say is a small part of what you communicate. This is important to remember in relationships with significant others, friends and family, but it can also play a huge part in your career. We picked out four aspects of nonverbal communication to bolster your career, regardless if you’re a new professional or a seasoned leader:
Nothing says interest, engagement and confidence quite like good eye contact. When we’re nervous, unsure or uncomfortable, it’s too easy to look elsewhere, but that is a bad habit that needs to be broken! Who would you trust more; the employee who looks you in the eye or the employee who stares at his/her hands when talking?
Tone of Voice
The way you say something is more important than what you actually say. As a professional, you never want to come off as bored, frustrated, immature or incompetent, but your tone of voice can give all of this away if you’re not careful.
There is so much communicated through a smile! A smile is positive, warm and inviting; it makes people feel comfortable and more open with you. It also builds trust and bonds between people. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why smiling can help your career at every stage!
According to the Wall Street Journal, taking a more powerful stance can lead to, “better performance and more confident, assertive behavior.” These poses can also reduce stress and improve test scores. What are power poses? They are when you stand tall, lean slightly forward and place your hands on a firm surface. Check out the linked Wall Street Journal article above to learn more.*
Regardless if it’s your first day on the job or if you’re establishing yourself as a leader, nonverbal communication will play a huge role in your career. Stay cognizant of your eye contact, tone, facial expression and pose to make sure your messages are correct.
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*Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal, “How ‘Power Poses’ Can Help Your Career,” Aug. 20, 2013