4 Body Language Cues to Approach Strangers and Strike Up Conversations EasilyCommunication

4 Body Language Cues to Approach Strangers and Strike Up Conversations Easily

Do you have trouble socialising and chatting with new people? For some, they seem to be born with it; for others, It's an acquired skill that not everyone can master easily. But chances are that you are going to need it at some point in your life. And when you do, sending the right non-verbal cues can make it a whole lot easier to strike up a conversation with someone you just met.

Robin Dreeke -- lead instructor at the FBI's Counterintelligence Training Center in all behavioral and interpersonal skills training and author of It's Not All About Me -- offers a few techniques (summarized at the Farnam Street blog) to ensure your body language is less intimidating and invites the other person to share more:

-The number one body language technique is, of course, to smile. But try and tilt your head slightly when you do so, which indicates to the other person that you trust them and are comfortable with them.

-Maintain a lower chin angle i.e. tuck your chin into your neck. A high chin angle makes the other person think you are looking down at them.

-Angle your body slightly away from the person, as standing toe-to-toe is an intimidating posture.

-When you offer a handshake, do it with the palm facing upwards and match the strength of the other person.

Ten Techniques For Building Quick Rapport With Anyone | Farnam Street

Contribute to LifeHacker

Write for Us

Comments ()

X
Sort By:
Be the first one to review.

Suggested for you

  • Hyperloop to Come to India? Here is Everything You Need to Know

    Hyperloop to Come to India? Here is Everything You Need to Know
  • 10 Fashion Hacks That Will Change Your Life Overnight

    10 Fashion Hacks That Will Change Your Life Overnight
  • Microsoft Files Patent for a Foldable Phone that Turns into a Tablet

    Microsoft Files Patent for a Foldable Phone that Turns into a Tablet
  • Get Most Out of Your Device's Warranty With These Tips

    Get Most Out of Your Device's Warranty With These Tips
  • Portronics Launches Affordable In-car Accessory for Charging Smartphones

    Portronics Launches Affordable In-car Accessory for Charging Smartphones
  • Take Control of Unwanted Emails with This Simple Trick

    Take Control of Unwanted Emails with This Simple Trick
  • Get the Edge Functionality Of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on Any Android phone with this app

    Get the Edge Functionality Of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on Any Android phone with this app
  • Microsoft To Collaborate With Andhra On E-Governance And Cyber Security

    Microsoft To Collaborate With Andhra On E-Governance And Cyber Security
  • Scientists Develop More Efficient and Low-Cost LEDs

    Scientists Develop More Efficient and Low-Cost LEDs
  • 20 Minutes of Moderate Exercise is Enough to Stay Healthy

    20 Minutes of Moderate Exercise is Enough to Stay Healthy
  • Find a lost object in less than 2 minutes by mentally retracing your steps

    Find a lost object in less than 2 minutes by mentally retracing your steps
  • SC Asks Center the Possibility of Regulating WhatsApp

    SC Asks Center the Possibility of Regulating WhatsApp
  • Talk About History To Win Brownie Points In Business Meetings

    Talk About History To Win Brownie Points In Business Meetings

Editor's Pick

  • How to Squeeze More Battery Out of Your Phone With Android Doze Apps

    How to Squeeze More Battery Out of Your Phone With Android Doze Apps
  • 10 Fashion Hacks That Will Change Your Life Overnight

    10 Fashion Hacks That Will Change Your Life Overnight
  • Unlock Your iOS 10 Devices without Touch ID or Home Button

    Unlock Your iOS 10 Devices without Touch ID or Home Button

Subscribe to latest stories

Trending on social



Subscribe for latest stories