What’s Your Nonverbal Communication Saying?

You use more than just words

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Beware of crossed arms. They can signal that you're closed off to communication.

Your nonverbal communications speaks louder than your words. “Over 90% of our communication is nonverbal,” says Rachel Boone, president and founder of Solutions Life Coaching, a firm that provides individuals and companies with personal and professional development. Boone offers a few tips how to improve nonverbal communication in preparation for an interview.

  1. Look Them in the Eyes. Boone says, “Eye contact is big. It shows trust, increases your creditability and shows confidence in yourself and your work. Whenever you avoid eye contact it can be seen as being disinterested in what the other person has to say.” If making eye contact makes you feel uncomfortable, Boone advises that you focus instead on the triangle between the eyes. It gives the illusion that you are making eye contact.
  2. Do a Test Run. Practice before your interview. Use the video mechanism on your phone and ask a friend to tape a mock interview of you or stand in front of a mirror. This will gauge your performance and help you identify weak areas in your delivery, which should include why they should hire you.
  3. Be Punctual. Time is an important nonverbal that speaks volumes without saying a word. If you show up late for an interview it says that you will show up late for work or hand in work late. Map out the route in advance, and leave early to allow for possible delays.
  4. Mind Your Appearance. Your clothing and accessories are objects that communicate who you are nonverbally. Inappropriate clothing can turn many interviewers off without you saying a word. Dress appropriately for the work environment.  Also avoid playing with accessories like earrings or necklaces. It sends the impression that you are nervous or bored with the conversation.
  • David Sanders

    Graining that strength is crucial for our thoughts in all assets of life we experiences. I get motivated when i’m around inventors and organiser who carry there message throw the way they use nonverbal method to the public on a small or huge scale. Before i decide to have a deep feel of character most of us is attracted by body language David S.

  • VFaine

    Thank you for posting this article. These are basics that ensure success. I would like to share that maintaining physical posture is also excellent nonverbal communication. When we walk, stand, and sit with proper posture it shows how present, grounded, and aware you are. Also, it tells that have a health and wellness consciousness. It also reveals what you think about yourself–in charge, able to present well, brave, upright and forward, etc. etc. Above all, having proper posture inspires others to have it too. With the practice of exercise, especially yoga and stretching, proper posture comes naturally.

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