The 5 Golden Rules of Business Body Language

The guidelines that you bear in mind and never forget about are classified as the Golden rules that always apply. Like torches to guide us in the dark of night, they shine vividly to keep us on course and always propelling in the correct direction.

Golden Rules exist to get used, to be followed religiously, and to show you how. Regardless of what your main purpose is or what challenge you face, the rule is there to latch onto if you start to veer off track. Just find the Golden Rule that applies and abide by it.

Listed here are the 5 Golden Rules of business body language.

Rule # 1.

People usually lean forward and “into you” when they are really interested in what you are presenting, saying, proposing, etc. The rationale behind that is that unconsciously, we lean toward what we like. So, the next time you’re really interested in something someone is saying, take a quick second to check your own body language. You may find that you are actually leaning forward and are glad-fully engaged. Furthermore, the next time you are at a seminar, show, or lecture, look around at other people when interesting or captivating things take place. This observation can help you next time you are pitching your product/service or offering a good suggestion to a potential client.

Rule # 2.

When a person’s shoulder blades are not in line with your own, they are preoccupied. Ever talk to a person who is conversing with you but their body seems to be facing as if they’re set to move past you?

First of all, give them a mental credit for speaking to you while they’re really focused on their next meeting, assignment, errand, etc. Remember that they probably mean well but something in the back (or front) of their mind has got them anxious to fly.

Many times this happens if you happen to catch someone who is on their way somewhere and has stopped to have a few words with you. If this happens when at a networking event or during a one on one sales presentation, you may have to use your smooth gift of gab to help them to focus completely on what you are displaying. As you speak, notice their shoulders coming in line with yours.

Rule # 3.
Arms Folded. This could indicate a person feeling uncomfortable of anxious. A lot of people fold their arms when they are calculating, weighing the facts, and are not feeling confident about the answers.

This could be due to something you are saying, the way you are saying it, or even an individuals general mistrust of you. Not to be taken as offense, you may just need to know each other a little better and establish trust. If the same happens with a person you know reasonably well, it is probably the first reason or just a general feeling of discomfort.

Rule # 4.
Two people talking with their shoulder blades parallel. Have you ever been at a business function and noticed two people talking with their shoulder blades in perfect alignment? This is a good indication that they are involved in a serious or interesting conversation. The aligned shoulder blades say that they are closing the doors to interruption at least temporarily.

Notice that when the same conversation is coming to a close, their shoulder blades and general position of their bodies begin to face an exiting direction. This happens even before the conversation ends. When you are out at business networking events, it’s a sign to now approach without being intrusive.

Rule # 5.
Person is completely facing you but frequently looking away. Usually when a person is completely engaged in a subject, all elements of their being will reflect this. The same holds true when in conversation. Take a look at the person in your next few interactions. Are they giving you regular eye contact?

Typically, when not looking you in the eye, they will say something that exhibits the fact that they are listening or are engaged. If they are constantly looking over your shoulder or into the background, chances are, they are preoccupied.

Once again, don’t be offended, just acknowledge this and pick up the talk at another time if possible. This also depends on the priority level of the talk as well. You will want initiate this carefully and not offend anyone as you cut the conversation short.

You can trust and believe in these Golden Rules to help you better understand business body language. They’ve been time-tested and also have been proved to be true. Follow them carefully and your ultimate success will likely be assured as well as your communications much greater.

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