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Body language and nonverbal communication can have a huge impact on your career, as well as creating or ending a deal, a business relationship, and even your financial success. “In business, one of the most important things is the impression you make on people,” says Elliot Hobby, author and body language expert.
Body language includes body movements, facial expressions, and gestures, as well as tone of voice. Write down Hoppe’s tips to improve your likelihood of success:
1) position: Hoppe says that people make assumptions about others in the first four seconds. “At work, you have to remember that when you enter a room, people have already made a decision about you before you even sit down.”
To ensure that you go to a business meeting with peers, you must have good posture. “Stand up straight and walk fast, because you want to show your willingness to be there and your confidence,” Hoppe says.
2) Handshake: Physical contact is an essential part of body language, so doing it wrong can lead to rejection, while doing it right can be the first step towards a successful business deal.
“In most parts of the world, a business handshake is the norm, and from there you can get an idea of whether a person is dominant, aggressive, or passive,” Hoppe says.
Important Warning: Watch “Play the power.” Notes such as a weak or firm grip can be easy. But you should also check when greeting someone if the other person is trying to move the fist so that their hand is raised. “This is a power game,” Hoppe says. Although most of these reactions are unconscious, sometimes they are a sign of what the person wants from you.
You should also note what the free hand does during the salutation. Does the other person use your second hand to apply pressure to your hand or to apply pressure to the other arm? The higher the free hand, the higher the playing power according to Hoppe.
George Bush and Tony Blair were a classic case of the power game touch. “Who raised their hand or entered the room first was always a problem,” Hoppe says.
Another tip: Don’t hold a drink in the hand you use to greet people. “All the other person will feel is a cold, wet hand,” Hopi says. “And you don’t want to give that impression.”
3) Touch your face: Never touch your face. This indicates distrust and dishonesty, while touching your lips can be a sign of disagreement. “When you see someone touch their face, you immediately don’t trust them,” Hoppe says.
4) tone of voice: The tone of voice plays a very important role in communication. “If you are trying to convince someone of something, pay attention to your tone of voice. If you are making a statement or making a command, your voice should lower it at the end of each sentence. So if you are trying to persuade someone, make sure you do it.”
Also, be careful: someone trying to frustrate someone tends to raise their voice at the end of each sentence.
5) clothes: Red and yellow are the colors of power. Be careful when you wear it because it can show confidence or make you appear arrogant in front of people.
6) appear weak: Look at your colleagues’ items like pens and glasses, do they have chewy edges? How do they keep their books or wallets? These behaviors indicate how a person conducts negotiations, as well as their confidence at work.
“When we feel weak we protect our neck area. When someone feels weak, they try to protect themselves (holding books or papers in front of their chest or touching their neck), which is a technique to show self-confidence.”
7) standing position: If you want to get the best face-to-face impression with someone, take a small step to the left so that your right eye goes directly to the colleague’s right eye.