How your body language can boost your career
You body language says a lot about you; more than you probably realize.
Whether your gestures are intentional or not, the way you present yourself could actually boost your career.
Research has found that a simple power pose can change a person’s hormones and behavior, just as if he or she had real power, according to the Wall Street Journal. Another study, led by Amy J.C. Cuddy, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, found that your stance before an interview can help you get the job.
There are other types of body language that can benefit you at your job each day, such as smiling, handing out your business card, and mirroring a client’s posture, according to Business Insider. This can boost your negotiation skills and help you complete difficult assignments, as well as show others that you are engaged.
It’s also important to be cautious about your body language because poor poses, such as standing in a room with your arms folded and looking down, could hurt your career.
Business Insider spoke with business coach and author Dr. Carol Kinsey Gorman about the best body language for workplace success. A simple handshake and nod could mean all the difference in the world. Here are some of the tips:
1. “To reach an agreement, send engagement signals.” Certain engagement signals, such as smiling, nodding and gesturing, can help groups reach agreements faster. ”Interestingly, that positive result is the same whether the display was the product of an unconscious reaction or a strategic decision,” Gorman says.
2. “To make a difficult task seem easier, smile.” If you’re stuck in the middle of a difficult task, a simple smile could trick your brain into thinking you’re actually enjoying the work, which could boost your productivity.
3. “To encourage collaboration, remove barriers.” Gorman recommends to remove anything that forms a barrier between you and your colleagues to make you seem more open to communicating.
4. “To show agreement, mirror expressions and postures.” If you’re talking to someone who is unconsciously imitating your body language, that shows that they like or agree with what you’re saying, Gorman says.