Body Language For Business

People do not realize the importance of body language. When speaking to people, we know what language we are speaking. But at the same time we are speaking a whole other language, body language. Plus the person you are talking to does not realize the effect it is having on them.

When talking to people you may be saying one thing but your body could be saying something completely different. You don’t have to say a word but your body language will tell your true feelings and thoughts. I am sure you have heard the old expression, “Actions speak louder then words”.

They say, the eyes are the windows to the soul. Besides speaking, the eyes are the most obvious way you communicate. When speaking to someone the eyes are the first place a person will look. When a person is gazing directly at you, you show interest. If you fail to make eye contact you give the impression that the other person is of no importance.
Maintain eye contact about 60% of the time in order to look interested, but not aggressive.

Your facial expression will tell people a lot about your feelings. It is a form of non-verbal communication. Your facial expression communicates happiness, sadness, fear, anger, disgust, surprise and the list goes on and on. It is important to be aware of your expression during a presentation.

Your mouth can say a lot without even speaking. Smiling adds a sense of confidence and warmth. People are more receptive when they see a warm smile.

The placement of arms can tell what a person is feeling. Arms folded over a person’s chest can mean they have no interest in what is being said. The best way to use your arms is to keep them by your side. You will look more relaxed and confident if the arms are kept by your side. Waving your arms around may hurt your image.

Do not put your hands in your pockets or clasp in front of or behind the body. Your hands should never be above your neck. It is unprofessional to touch your hair or face during an interview or presentation. Or if sitting at a table do not put your hands under it.

The position of your legs can tell a lot as well. Moving your legs a lot shows you are nervous. Never cross your legs. The polished professional has their feet flat on the floor or legs crossed at the ankles.

Promotional Pens Bring Great Business Returns

The returns of any business determines its progress. The bigger the return, the better the business flourishes in terms of financial gain, publicity and productivity. The use of products that is much prevalent these days may have at once crossed your mind. But can you figure out which one you must choose to maximise your business returns? It is an expert advise that you must go for promotional pens.

Let us see how personalised pens act as the best promotional gifts yielding optimum output-

Cost efficacious:

The promotional pens are far inexpensive than almost all other items. This increases the purchasing power of the business bodies. They are able to procure more number of them within the same budget amount. This resultantly helps them in reaching an increased audience base in the stipulated media budget. In the bulk purchase of these promotional pens, you will get good discounts as well which adds on to its cost effectiveness. Thus, we see how advantageous they are in cutting down brand advertisement cost.

Portable:

We know that pens are extremely handy in nature. This quality takes them to an additional number of audience than is actually targeted by their distribution among a specified set in certain campaign. The core recipients of the promotional pens take them to different places in their course of professional and personal visit. When they use them in this new environment, the brand ignorant or non-catered audience present there comes in term with the brand identity imprinted on them. This is how the printed pens carry the brand recognition across geographical boundaries and gain in huge potential audience without any additional expense.

Appreciation:

Personalised pens are used efficiently as appreciation techniques. Presented to the internal employees as incentives, festive gifts or prizes in in-house competitions, they act as appreciatory objects. It is a material form of a pat on the back which motivates them to work sincerely. The resultant effect is that of an enhanced productivity in aspects of quantity, quality and on-time shipment. When gifted to the business associates, promotional pens behave as a token of thanks for their support in the smooth execution of business operation. This helps in building a good-will and thus a longer business relationship between the two. Giving promotional pens to the end-users as complementary gifts with the main product, develops an association between the brand and the consumers. This is what motivates them to go for further brand purchase and mark high brand sales.

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Four Business Lessons Learned As a Body Sculpting Champion

Back in October 2004 I won the Central North Island Novice Body Sculpting Championships and went on to compete in New Zealand Nationals. To achieve this I trained 7 days a week, twice a day for up to 1.5 hours at a time and monitored my nutritional intake like a hawk. I shed 15 kgs off my frame and got down to 10% body fat.

In short I applied a tremendous amount of discipline and focus to achieve this amazing result of sculpting my body into this ideal symmetrical physique the judges required.

Was it worth it? Absolutely. Would I do it again, no.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy eating chicken and broccoli 7 days a week but I’d rather not. I also don’t think being that lean is a natural state for anyone to be in for a long period of time – bones and muscle is not altogether attractive.

Plus it had never been my intention to stand on stage in a skimpy outfit, wearing 6 inch heels and bronzed up to the max, striking a variety of poses to be show of my physique. But as the competition date drew nearer, I realized I owed it to myself to enter to acknowledge and justify all the hard work I’d put in. I’m so glad I did!

What I am forever indebted to though, is the entire journey I experienced, because it proved to me that I could do anything I put my mind to.

1. Keep your eye on the end goal

I recall the moment when, standing on stage, my name was called and I was asked to step forward as one of the top 3 contestants. I realized at that moment that every single day leading up to this moment I had never contemplated losing.

There I was excited to have made it, trying to balance on these ridiculous heels and exude grace and confidence when suddenly it struck me that I may not win. I hadn’t planned for that! I set myself a goal to win that competition, I put my heart and soul into training and diet, I made a ton of sacrifices to stay on track no matter what and look what happened.

2. Apply determination liberally

It’s interesting to note that during that same year, applying that discipline and focus to other areas of my life meant they also blossomed as a result. In my new role as National Brand Manager for a major haircare company, I pulled off the best ever Hairdressing Awards in my first 3 months and increased brand performance across the board by 30% in the first year.

As if that wasn’t enough, I had also decided to take on part-time extramural study by completing a University Certificate in Fitness Management to learn more about nutrition, anatomy, physiology and exercise prescription.

Due to my 5am starts and training time I had to make creative use of my study time often reading on the exercise bike at the gym while doing a 1.5 hour low intensity workout to burn fat. I maximized the time I had by working smart and managed to get all As and even some A+s as a result.

3. You can achieve anything you put your mind to

I’m telling this story not to brag (because even I was amazed by it) but to show what amazing results anyone can achieve when they choose to.

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret to success”. Norman Vincent Peale

It is this belief in ourselves that makes us the entrepreneurs we are. It’s our ability to pick ourselves up when we fail, which we never plan to, and learn from it. This belief allows us to sculpt ourselves into a better person and make our business stronger.

4. Be an artist and create daily

We are sculptors at work. Constantly chiseling, scraping and polishing our creations with the help of specific tools, as Karen McGregor writes in her book ‘Sculpting the Business Body.’

Taking purposeful action each and every day towards achieving our goals means that we will achieve our success. Especially when combined with a support crew and an accountability team. Back in 2004 that was my nutritionist, my friends at the gym and my friends and family.

I hope you choose to invest in yourself and your business this year for real. If you want to get your business in shape then sign up for the September Business Builder online coaching program today http://womanzworld.com/business-success-academy/