Monday, July 31, 2006

What's Your Body Telling Others?

Last time I spoke about open-ended questions. How they can help, you get others to open up to you more. However, that is a part of the whole picture. There are many reasons that people will close up to you. One of the reasons is that you can be sending them messages that you don’t really want to talk to them by your body language.

It has been proven that people pay more attention to your body language than they do the words you are saying. If you say that you are happy, but your arms are crossed and your head is down, people will not believe you. If you state that you are fine, but you are grimacing, those around you won’t believe you. If you say that you want to talk, but you are tense and your body is pointing away from the other person, they will believe that you don’t really want to talk to them.

When people are listening to you, what they believe is divided into the following:

7% your words,
38% your tone and
55% your body language.

So the next time you talk to someone, stop and look into a mirror or ask someone, how you are being portrayed.

All the Best!
Maria Boomhower
The Master Communicator
Communication Mastery
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