How to Gesture Your Way to Success

TalkShop success tipsNot many people realize that body language accounts for 60% of communication, 33% for tone of voice, and only 7% for words used. One knows this instinctively and picks up signals in the communication process. Hence, one can gauge how interested the other party is, whether one made a favorable impression, or whether a meeting will turn out well.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO asserts , “There is power in body language that should be mastered as a skill . Indeed, every movement can give away one’s innermost thoughts. It will therefore serve one well to learn the positive body language to adapt in business and social situations as he becomes more calculated in reading others as well.

Viesca shares the following tips to project confidence, send the right message, and become successful in communicative settings:

1. Use territory. The space you occupy adds to the impression of power. This is why speakers move around.

2. Stand tall or sit up straight.

3. Smile. A genuine smile reaches the eyes, a frozen smile shows one is insincere and manipulative, while a tight-lipped smile conveys disapproval.

4. Lower your voice pitch. A high pitched tone hints at anxiety and tension.

5. Use open arms gestures with your arms and palms. These show honesty and credibility.

6. Perfect your handshake using the right amount of firmness. A limp one manifests a wimp, while a hand-crushing grip reveals the nature of a bully.

7. For presentations, use the steeple – tips of fingers touching with palms separated projects conviction. This pose is often used by newscasters to convey sincerity and conviction.

8. Respect others’ space. Keep a decent distance. Standing too close discloses a pushy nature, while standing too far away sets one as standoffish.

9. Use your ears. Ears stay put, but should be used to advantage by listening more than talking.

10. Take notes to show you are attentive.

11. Have a positive demeanor. Facial expressions cut across races. They are universally understood. There is meaning to the tiniest movements in the eyes and mouth corners.

The silent language of gestures speak volumes. Learn to impart the right message, read micro expressions, and assess behavior. TalkShop, the leading ISO-certified training provider situated in Makati shows you how with Professional Profiling, an innovative course offering for top executives, HR, and Sales executives, as well as executive headhunters. Enroll today and learn to identify characteristics and behaviors by being adept at observing and using proper body language.


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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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