10 Worst Body Language Mistakes

8 years, 11 months ago - December 13, 2012
10 Worst Body Language Mistakes

Avoiding Eye Contact

When you don't look someone in the eyes, it can signal deception or a lack of respect.

Slouching

Bad posture signals to others that you lack confidence and have poor self esteem or low energy levels.

Weak Handshake

A handshake that isn't firm will signal a lack of authority. One that is too firm could make you seem overly aggressive.

Folding Arms

This stance creates a sense of being closed off and may signal to others that you are disinterested in them or don't buy into their message.

Looking Down

If giving a presentation, when you look down while making a point, it loses all of its power and can may you look weak. In everyday interactions, it can make you look uncomfortable or self-conscious.

Angling Body Away From Others

Too much physical distance, angling the body away from the person you're speaking with or not leaning into a conversation shows that you are uncomfortable, distrustful or disinterested in the subject.

Fidgeting And Touching Hair

Fidgeting and playing with hair or clothes can reveal an excess of energy, which signals discomfort or anxiety.

Invading Others' Space

When you are closer than 1.5 feet away from a colleague or you treat their possessions and office space as if it were your own, it signals disrespect and that you don't have a clear understanding of personal boundaries.

Glancing At The Clock

Glancing at the clock or at your watch or even looking past a person who you're speaking with will communicate disinterest or arrogance.

Frowning Or Scowling

Scowls and frowns, often unintentional and unconscious, communicate unhappiness and disagreement.

Text by Forbes

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