Body Language for Effective Business Communication

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You can improve your business standards by adopting the following business communication skills and body language. In business or daily life, communication should be strong, clear and positive.

Eye contact

Make sure the people or person is more interesting than what is on the floor. Make an eye contact with the person most of the time. But do not stare at people more than 15 seconds at a time.

Body posture

Body posture play an important role in business communication, try to face the person while communicating. Stand or sit up tall. But, don’t be a rigid board.

Distance/ physical contact

If you smell or feel the other person’s breathe, you are probably too close. Keep a comfortable distance of 3-4 feet at least. Gestures: Use hand gestures to add to what you are communicating, but remember that you are not conducting an orchestra.

Facial expressions

Your face should match your sentiment and what you are communicating. Don’t laugh when you are upset and don’t have a scowl when you are happy.A calm, pleasant face is the best when you are happy. A calm, serious face is best when you are upset.

Voice tone, inflection, volume

When you are making an assertive message, you want to be heard by people. In order to be heard you have to concentrate to the tone of your voice (happy, whiny, upset), the inflection of your voice (emphasis on syllables), and volume of your voice (whisper to yell).

Fluency

It is significant to get out your words in an efficient manner. If a person stammers or rambles on, the listener gets uninterested.

Timing

When you are communicating negative feelings or making a request of someone, this is especially important. Perfect timing wins the situation. If you are communicating at the right time you will be successful in your business communication.

Listening

An important part of a business communication. If you are making statements that express your feelings without infringing on the rights of others, you need to give the other person a chance to reply. Content: What person communicates is one of the most important parts of the assertive message.

Depending on what a person is trying to accomplish, the content is going to be diverse. I hope this article will give you some idea about business communication tips and techniques and what should be the body language, facial expression, timing, tone of voice, etc.

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Suit or No Suit – What is the body language saying for men?

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When a man wears a suit in a business meeting what message does it convey? … and is it appropriate and in what type of situation should he wear one?

If it is a formal meeting for a special purpose (such as presenting a business proposal to a board of decision makers) and there is an underlying expectation that everyone should be dressed in a suit, the answer is most likely yes. It often also signifies power and authority, especially a dark suit and a white shirt with a strong coloured tie such as red. The subtle aspects of covering of the body such as the tie (covering the lower neck) and long sleeves (covering the lower arms) provides a non-verbal message of ‘hiding something’ or ‘masking’, possibly linking in to the concept of ‘not putting all cards on the table’.

What about another type of business meeting where the relationships between the people are more established, relaxed and connected? Is it appropriate to be wearing suits? What if men had no jacket, no tie and a soft coloured shirt? This would convey a more relaxed approach, and if sleeves were rolled up slightly this would indicate a more open and honest approach (not hiding anything) and ready for action towards being useful and productive.

Ultimately, it comes down to what the purpose, values and culture are for the meeting. Is it a matter of power and persuasion or is it more about openness, honesty and helping others? It could be one or the other … or maybe somewhere in between.

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