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Reading Body Language During Business Meetings

Being able to spot and interpret the meaning behind people’s body language can help you interact better with people especially when it comes to the workplace.

Business people discussing in a meetingThe fact is that even if you are someone who just wants to finish his or her work without much concern in your environment, it is necessary for you to at least have a basic sense of how people are viewing you, particularly your supervisor. The last thing that you want to happen is for your boss to get a bad impression on you or get the enmity of a jealous c-worker. So what are the things that you should watch out for?

  • Crossed Arms: This is perhaps one of the most common and easiest body language to read If you are on stage or in this case, in a business meeting and is about to make a proposal on how to go about a particular marketing strategy. If you see some of your audience or business partner or maybe some of your co-workers with their arms crossed on their chest and the thermostat is not blowing a cold wind then chances are that they are disinterested with what you are about to say. People who are listening to what you are saying and have their arms crossed are generally inclined to disagree with what you are saying.
  • Head Positioning: If you want to know if your superior trusts you or a co-worker then observe how they position their heads as you converse. If their heads are tilted to one side then they are showing you that they are open to your ideas and receptive to what you are trying to propose or share with them. Exposing their neck in such a manner when it is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body is a subconscious behavior that they are comfortable with what you are saying.
  • Nose Itch/Touch: Would you believe that liars tend to scratch their noses? The root of this behavior is a chemical called catecholamines which are released by the body which causes blood pressure to increase and tissue in the nose to swell. The fact of the matter is that when someone is lying, this chemical tends to get released thus causing that person to experience this itch. Of course, this is not always the case with everyone and it could just be an allergic reaction caused by something in the environment. However, knowing about this can help you figure out who is lying to you in the work place especially if you already have noticed inconsistencies on what that person is saying or doing.

Learning what each body language is interesting and fun even though there are occasions where you experience or discover something unpleasant because of your knowledge to identify a body language.

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