Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Body Language Speaks

True or False? 90% of what you say to the people is non-verbal? True statement. You can have five times more of an effect on a person than the actual words you speak.

Here's the scoop:

The smile. It's the universal sign of acceptance and happiness. A smile that reaches the eye is a genuine smile.

Eye contact. If you catch someone looking at you from across the room, look away and then return their gaze at you again. Hm, something interesting is going on. A direct stare lasting more than a few moments can be considered aggressive or hostile.

When you talk to someone for the first time, are their pupils dilating? When a person is looking at something they are interested in, whether it is a person or an item, their pupils dilate.

Body position. A person interested will often stand with their body facing you directly, expressing they are open to you. Women will most likely play with their hair, swirl it around their finger or toss it over their shoulder. Men tend to stand straighter. Someone interested will attempt to look their best for the person they are engaged with in conversation.

Mirroring. Big sign here. You may notice that the other person is mimicking your movements or gestures. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The person will tilt their head to the side while listening to you speak.

Obviously, this isn't the deal breaker to tell if someone is genuinely interested but it's definitely intriguing info and something to pay attention to.

[Photos: StyleCaster.com]

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