Just as a picture can say a thousand words, the way you use your body to express yourself says a lot about who you are and how others perceive you. Are you guilty of any of these 10 bad body language habits?
Crossing Your Arms
It may be a no brainer but crossing your arms is like sending out a signal for people to stay back. Even if you don't mean to, you will look closed off and unapproachable. Instead, try to let your arms casually hang at your sides or loosely tuck them in your pockets.
Few things are more annoying than someone who constantly has their nose buried in their smartphone. Not only is it rude but it sends the message that your mind is elsewhere. Do yourself a favour and put down the cellphone when you're with other people.
There's a reason your teachers used to bug you about slouching in your chair at school. Poor posture makes you look lazy like you couldn't care less about anything. Instantly look more professional and engaged by straightening up and expressing your confidence.
We all have our nervous ticks. Whether your bite your nails, play with your hair or have a tendency to rapidly tap your foot, make a point to take notice of it and then try to stop it. Exposing your nerves makes you seem unreliable and less in control.
Mismatched Body Language
Like any language, the best results come when everyone is on the same page. Though good posture is always good practice, be conscious of other people's body language and try to align yourself accordingly.
There is nothing worse than talking to a blank stare. Express your interest by using your face with the appropriate smile, frown or look of shock. Try not to go overboard or you'll end up looking disingenuous.
Rolling Your Eyes
The quickest way to get sent packing to your room as a kid was to roll your eyes at your parents. This childish move sends out 'whatever' vibes and shows just how little you value someone else's opinion. Even if it feels warranted, never let anyone see you roll your eyes.
A Weak Handshake
How you shake someone's hand can tell a lot about who you are. You want the shake to be firm and confident, not flimsy or bone-crushing.
Avoiding Eye Contact
Looking someone in the eye tells them that you are engaged and interested as well as forces them to look back at you which will give you better control over the conversation.
Forgetting to Smile
There are very few occasions where a smile is inappropriate. Remembering to smile will not only put people at ease but will also make you look more approachable and likeable.