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07/01/15
Nonverbal elements in communications
Filed under: Interviewing, Networking, Mentoring
Posted by: site admin @ 7:06 pm

You realize that a larger fraction of your communication
are the nonverbal signals.  They are noticed more than
the words we use and ideas we express.

1.  Posture- stand tall lifting your solar plexus so that
breathing is fuller and easier and head straight with ears
over the shoulder.  This demonstrates and aids your confidence.
2.  Open stance- avoid closed stance, with head down or
your body shrinking in your space.  However, respect
others’ personal space.
3.  Nervous tics-  Have a mentor help you by noticing your
nervous tics.  Everyone has them.  Then, replace them with
a subtle outlet.  Hold a folder, hold a pen, pointer;  avoid
hands in pockets and giggling coins.
4.  Eye contact (especially in US, Canada and most of
Europe)- engage your eye brows to aid your expression.
5.  Slow your movements down– hands, pointing, listening
smiling, gestures.

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