When it comes to getting ahead in our careers, we all know how important it is to work hard, respect our colleagues and stay focused.
But did you know that there is another crucial aspect to consider when you’re looking to progress in your job? It’s all to do with the way we act towards one another.
Body language, the right signals and actions along with eye contact at the right time can have a big boost to your career or business.
Lower your sense of gravity
The lower a person’s centre of gravity, the easier it is for them to balance and the more in control and grounded they appear. Our centre of gravity should be in the lower stomach, it is literally how we appear ‘centred’ and in control. When we are nervous we often let our back collapse. It’s usually better to have a strong lower back and stand tall to build leadership presence.
Learn to relax
Relaxing your stance will help you to appear more comfortable and on the same side as the person you’re meeting with. Take a deep breath, roll your shoulders back and compose yourself. Be confident in your own abilities.
Acting casual can work in your favour
It isn’t always necessary to create a sense of authority if people are already on your side, so being more casual can do you wonders. If you’re with a group of colleagues that you have a good relationship with, being friendly and relaxed around them will help you to gain their respect.
Don’t rush and maintain eye contact
Looking calm and present can make a good impression when you meet someone. Don’t rush the moment and maintain gentle eye contact to build a more genuine connection – a great way to build relationships with clients and colleagues in the workplace.
Take the time to ensure that you’re making others feel welcome and comfortable when you first meet them. Ask them about themselves and take a genuine interest in their response to help them feel at ease.
Take a moment for yourself
Taking a moment to calm your mind and get your thoughts in a row makes sense. Going into your own world is a good way to focus, especially before giving a big speech or presentation.
Try to briefly take yourself out of the moment during stressful situations. If you’re feeling anxious about a situation, it can be easy to take things out of context and build things up to be more stressful. Take a minute to focus on something comforting and familiar and steady your breathing before you go back to the task at hand.