Do you know the 7 gestures you should never make when speaking to someone in order to avoid making a bad first impression? Learn how these five body language gestures reveal some aspects about your personality.
NIO Desk, July 31
Your body can help you emphasise what you are feeling and emotions you are going through, and make your points more clearly in public speaking. The most effective way for people to express confidence, attitude, and get that message across to the other person is through body language. Nonverbal communication accounts for interaction and is also way of communication and helps the other person have an idea about your personality. It makes impression on the other person.
#1 crossing your arms while talking to someone
Talking to someone while crossing your arms may give them the wrong impression non-verbally. You might come across as trying to break off the conversation or as arrogant and rude (unless it is your intention to come across like that). This could also imply that you don’t believe what the other person is telling you. According to psychologists, it tells someone you are unsure of them by crossing your arms. If you tightly clasp your hands and hold both of your arms, one might assume that you’re trying to hide something when you’re being questioned during an interaction.
#2 Not looking into the eyes of other person
When you talk to someone and you do not look into the eyes of other person while talking, you could unintentionally give them a negative impression. During a conversation or interview, not making an eye contact is a very weak gesture. You are displaying symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, lack of self-control, and insecurity. It is one of common gestures that turn people off and make a negative impact while you are speaking. This implies that you are constantly thinking about something and demonstrates a lack of attention to the conversation at hand. Remember that making eye contact typically indicates affection and confidence, whereas not doing so suggests covering up your true feelings.
#3 Looking at phone while talking to people
When you talk to someone while looking at your phone or things to distract yourself, you might be unintentionally giving them a negative impression. Many people may looking at phone technique to avoid talking or avoid attention to something. However, because it appears rude and aggressive, it is NOT a good gesture. You might come across as being arrogant or giving the other person a lecture. The other person may become offended if you use your phone while talking to them. Being on phone while talking to someone is also seen as being impolite in educated societies.
#4 moving or shaking your legs or playing with keys or something
When you shake your legs when speaking to someone, you might be sending the wrong message nonverbally. You might come across as unconfident in what you have to say. This is NOT a good posture if you shake your legs or are playing with keys or any other object. Your confidence is undermined as a result, and your words lose some of their impact. Shaking your legs while speaking or presenting yourself can give the impression that you are being reserved, afraid, or stressed. When a person is standing among strangers in a place, they are more likely to notice such gestures. However, shaking your legs in the middle of a conversation may be interpreted as being defensive or distant.
# 5 not smiling enough while talking or making a straight face
When you talk to someone and you do not smile enough or radiate a positive energy by slight smile and nodding, you might be unintentionally giving them a negative impression. Yes, despite the fact that many people might believe that having their face expressionless gives them a powerful and authoritative look, the exact opposite is true. During a conversation, not smiling conveys nervousness, insecurity, trepidation, and anxiety. It may indicate a lack of preparation if you find yourself repeatedly making nervous face while speaking or presenting. Additionally, it is a sign of tension, stress, and frustration.
#6 weak handshake or too strong handshake
People frequently form their first impressions of you through handshakes. A handshake that is too weak suggests that you are unprofessional and possibly new to your field you are working in. A handshake that is too firm, however, might signal to the other person that you are hostile.
Depending on their traits, handshakes can mean different things. If the other person gives you a firm, quick handshake and displays friendly body language, it might indicate that they are genuinely interested. Strong handshakes can signal attempting to control the conversation. Handshakes that are closely may cause feelings of awkwardness or discomfort. A weak grip may indicate disinterest or nervousness.
#7 Talking too fast
Speaking quickly sound that you are not that prepared and it looks like as if you’re trying to sell someone something rather than sharing your knowledge or expertise to assist them in making a decision. Your audience might not understand your presentation’s well-planned and exquisitely crafted message if you speak too quickly.
Additionally, it can give the impression that you are impatient, aggressive, or lack listener empathy. You might come across as someone who is only concerned with themselves and trying to complete a meeting as quickly as possible by just putting forward your own opinion. It also tells that you lack confidence in your own thoughts and do not want to take up space.
On the other hand, speaking quickly can be taken as nervousness or a lack of confidence.
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