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5 Body Language Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Career

What you talk conveys just that. But, body language conveys much more. It gives an insight into your thoughts and behaviour. Interestingly, various studies also suggest that by tweaking your body language you can rewire your brain to believe it. For instance, even if you are not feeling confident about a presentation, taking a high power posture will help you gain confidence. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard University says, “You can literally fake it until you make it. When you’re entering into a high-stress situation, two things happen: your testosterone (dominance hormone) decreases, and your cortisol (stress hormone) increases. These physiological changes are the result of your state of mind and influence everything from your body language to your speech and even your likelihood of taking risks. Our bodies change our minds” She says that it takes only two minutes to gain your confidence. All you need to do before a situation you fear is take up high-power poses and your body does the rest. Testosterone is increased, while cortisol is decreased. Here are five body language mistakes that can ruin your career.

Getting too close while conversing

Getting too close while conversing
Getting too close while conversing

You cannot invade personal space of your coworkers. It is totally unacceptable. Ideally you should keep three to eight feet of distance while talking to anyone. According to Psychology Today, invasion of space causes something called limbic hijacking, an unsettling of neural activity that, in extreme cases, can cause a fight-or-flight response.

Keeping a deadpan face

Keeping a deadpan face
Keeping a deadpan face

When you don’t show your emotions, you will come across as someone not so confident. Keep your facial expressions as neutral as possible.

Having a fidgety habit

Having a fidgety habit
Having a fidgety habit

Skin picking, eyelash pulling and nail biting are the three most annoying habits people have. Even if you cannot get rid of them, leave them home every day. These non-verbals will make your coworkers focus on them more than what you say. It can also put them in an awkward situation.

Not maintaining an eye contact

Not maintaining an eye contact
Not maintaining an eye contact

Maintaining an eye contact is not only important while making a presentation, it is important in every conversation you make when you are in office. Whether you are talking to your colleagues or manager, look at their eyes when they are talking. It conveys that you respect every individual.

Looking bored

Looking bored
Looking bored

Looking at your watch or finger tips or keeping your hands on your cheeks while a meeting is going on or at any point in office can send a wrong message. The last thing your manager wants is an employee who is too bored.

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