Published On: Thu, Oct 20th, 2016

Subtle Ways Body Language Impacts Your Life

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You may already know some of the ways your body language can impact your life if you’re in an interview trying to land your dream job or you’re part of a negotiation process for a pay raise, but it’s not just these make-or-break situations where the impacts of your body cues are significant.

Whether you’re a manager who wants to influence your employees, you’re a business owner who wants to connect with customers, or you’re a client who intends to get the best possible deal on a product or service, so much of the results of your interactions depend on your body language.

Below are some ways body language may impact you throughout your daily life.

Feelings About Yourself

What’s important to realize about your body language is that it not only affects how other people see you, but it has a significant impact on how you feel about yourself. This can in turn influence how you handle yourself in certain situations.

If you’re working to market your products or services to a customer in-person and you’re not demonstrating positive body language, you may find that you eventually lose your confidence and resolve, and that leads your prospective customer to begin to feel that as well.

You Need To Be Able to Read Other People

As Firmex.com points out in their video guide “Body Language for Dealmakers,” a big component of body language in the world of marketing, business and just daily life relies not only on being cognizant of what you’re doing but also being able to read other people’s body language. Are your customers becoming more closed off to what you’re saying?

If so, they might start crossing their arms or looking away, and that would indicate that they’re losing interest. If you’re on the customer side of an interaction, you should be able to read the body language of the person you’re speaking to regarding whether they’re being genuine and honest. Taking cues from other people in terms of their non-verbal communication is key to successful interactions.

Think About Your Face

No matter what situation you’re in during your daily life, your face is the primary way people are going to read what you’re saying and try to connect with you, but too often we forget about the influence our facial expressions have regarding non-verbal cues. When you’re in any situation in your life, whether on a personal or professional basis, try to remember to keep your face relaxed and positive for the best impression.

Comfortable Familiarity

Finally, this is something many retailers are familiar with, and it’s the use of body language to convey a sense of warmth and familiarity. If those are your goals in your daily life, try to keep a relaxed but engaged posture, and stand close to the person you’re talking to (although not uncomfortably close).

You’ll often see salespeople utilize these behaviors on the sales floor, and they’ll come in front of counters and registers to create an even more familiar experience. You can replicate these concepts in your daily life, even if you’re not a salesperson.

Body language isn’t just for people in the business and marketing world to master. If you want better interpersonal interactions, realizing the ways your body language impacts your life is important.