Learn more about body language, in this short video.
You can often tell what people are really thinking through their body language. And, when you take the time to understand body language better, you can learn to read people more easily.
This can pay off throughout your career.
For instance, you can watch people's body language when you're giving a presentation, to know if they're engaged in what you're saying. Or you could observe someone's body language during negotiations to understand which negotiation style to use.
It's important to keep in mind everyone is different, and you should never use just one cue to judge the attitude or motivation of someone else.
However, there are some common cues and signals you can look for that, taken together, can help you tell what someone is really thinking.
For instance, imagine I'm pitching an idea to Brandon. Take a look at how he's sitting. Everything about Brandon's body language, from his crossed arms to his tense facial expression, is telling me he's not happy with my project idea. Since I can tell Brandon isn't happy, I can stop my pitch, and ask him directly why he unhappy with my proposal.
You can also use body language to look more confident than you actually feel. For instance, imagine I'm interviewing Linda for a position in my organization. And while we talk, she looks like this. You don't need to be a body language expert to tell Linda is pretty nervous during this interview!
Now, look at how Linda is sitting – she simply looks more confident.
Learning more about body language can help you get ahead in your career, because you'll understand much more about what the people around you are thinking or feeling. You'll also become aware of what your own body language is telling other people.
Now, read the article that accompanies this video to find out more about body language.