6 reasons to improve your body language

by Henrik Edberg

When we’re in school or at work, we’re taught to improve our words. We learn to improve our language and words to impress. We learn to construct clever chains of words to gain an upper hand and to communicate more clearly. But when we grow up we learn very little beyond improving our words. A bit strange since…

1. …words are only 7 percent of your communication.
The rest is your voice tonality (38 percent) and your body language at 55 percent. That’s according to research done by Albert Mehrabian, currently Professor Emeritus in psychology at UCLA. These numbers may vary depending upon the situation and what is communicated (for instance, talking over the phone is obviously different from talking face to face) but body language is a very important part of communication.

2. Increase your attractiveness
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. A better posture, a more open body language, a more controlled and focused body language will make everyone more attractive. And not just in a sexual way but when talking to new friends or in job interviews and business meetings.

3. Emotions are linked to your body language
Emotions work backwards too. If you feel good you’ll smile. If you force yourself to smile you’ll feel good too. If you feel tired or down you might sit slumped down. If you sit slumped down you’ll feel more tired and negative. Just try to sit straight up for 5 minutes and feel the difference in energy from half-lying in your chair.

4. Reduce mixed messages
If you’re in a job interview and you talk with a steady voice and say all the confident things you should but your body language tells your maybe-employers that you are very nervous or guarded then you are incongruent (and perhaps without that job). What you want is be congruent, that is for your words, your voice and your body language to say the same thing.

5. Improve your communication skills
If you improve your body language you can get your thoughts across in a more effective way. You can create a connection to another person more easily. When using more powerful and appropriately balanced body language your communication skills become more focused and better.

6. Better first impressions
Everyone stereotypes everyone on first impression, even if we are reluctant to do it. We all get a first impression of a new person that creates a mental image of his or her personality in our minds. That image of you often lasts. Having a better body language will consistently give people a more positive mental snapshot of you.

Be on the lookout for the follow up-article on how to improve your body language tomorrow.




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{ 30 comments }

venkat July 30, 2007 at 3:01 pm

sir

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and share them with my friends.

venkat

Puba October 3, 2007 at 12:38 pm

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maz October 10, 2007 at 6:22 am

it was ok, but u need 2 go in2 more detail.

Sanjay December 9, 2007 at 9:00 am

Very good reasons are given. really learnable.

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Ahmad Adli February 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm

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Sahil February 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

I have been googling articles on Body Language…

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thank you so much

Arifur Rahman March 9, 2008 at 11:59 am

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Himadri May 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm

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Agurela June 3, 2008 at 11:15 am

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Fayez July 1, 2008 at 8:49 am

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Vinny Nguyen July 28, 2008 at 5:31 am

It’s really interesting and useful. However, I think that visual explanations, if added, will make a difference to my understanding!
Thanks a lot!

Zainub August 15, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Excellent article!!!

Its a positive way of improving ones life :-)

benhur john August 28, 2008 at 8:22 pm

good but you can add a little more and also in simple english

Chris September 23, 2008 at 5:21 am

That 7% figure only applies when you’re communicating information about attitudes. i.e., we judge how people feel about something mostly based on their non-verbal communication.

It doesn’t apply to communication in general. For example, when you’re conveying information to someone, much more than 7% of the message is through words.

Also, the 7% number isn’t literal. Mehrabian got that from two small studies that used a low number of subjects doing article experimental tasks.

niloofar... November 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm

thanks….
it was wonderful!!!

kannan January 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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Umesh N. Shetty January 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Excellent article…

Umesh N. Shetty January 27, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Good one…great thought…

Amla March 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

It’s great to read such articles. Thanks for providing right information and making it easy to understand the importance of body language.

shaik Adullah November 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

I WANT TO INCREASE MY COMMUNCATION SKILLS PLEASE HELP ME SOON .

shy November 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

i would like to increase my communication skills

Ahmed February 21, 2010 at 9:11 pm

nice article as usual .. thnks

lala March 18, 2010 at 6:07 am

nice i was ok it didnt really help

Dominic Harper July 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Hey again,
this post is really good, too.
Although I thought the other one you have here on body language is a little more helpful to people who want to improve it.
But still, its a great post! I will come and check for more.
Dominic

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