I’m finishing out the year with a back-to-basics 5-post review of the fundamentals of body language. In this era of #metoo, it’s incumbent upon all of us to be aware of our body language — what we’re projecting, what other people are receiving — our intention, in short. If you were thinking of making 2018 the year you finally got conscious of your unconscious behavior, now is the time to review what’s going on and what’s at stake. Enjoy!
To sum up this review of the basics of body language, here’s a final checklist of what we’ve discussed.
The Face-to-Face Communications Checklist: How to Make a Great First Impression
Put down the mobile phone and stand up straight
Pull your shoulders back, tuck your stomach and pelvis in
Lift your head, keeping your chin level
Lead with your heart
Open your eyes; don’t narrow them
Raise your eyebrows
Keep your hands open, not closed in front of your stomach
Give a firm but not crushing handshake
Don’t groom your face or hair
Take a deep belly breath before you speak
Don’t ask questions unless you want to ask a question – no uptick
Don’t swallow your voice
Don’t speak from the back of your throat or from your nose
Move toward people, but don’t get too close – eighteen inches in the West, eight inches in the East, is close enough.
Keep your torso still, but relaxed
Focus on your solar plexus
Here’s to an intentional, conscious, clearly communicating you in 2018!