How Body Language Helps You Communicate
Body language is an important part of communication. We use it every day, often without realizing it. When we communicate with others, whether in person or through a screen like Skype or FaceTime, body language helps us to understand and interpret what's being said and how the other person feels about what they're saying. It also enables you to avoid misreading messages from people who may not be as good at communicating as you are. This blog post will help you learn more about how your body can improve your ability to communicate effectively!
How to Understand Body Language?
Reading body language can be difficult, but there are a few things you should look out for to make it easier. First of all, pay attention to the position and orientation of someone's head when they're speaking. When their head is inclined or tilted toward yours, that means you have your full attention.
Suppose their eyes aren't looking at you directly. In that case, they may not feel comfortable engaging in conversation with you just yet – if this happens during an initial interaction between two people who've never met before, it could mean one of several things: They're shy about meeting new people; you remind them of somebody else or you seem intimidating somehow!
Similarly, if someone turns away while talking to you and makes direct eye contact less frequently, this could indicate that they're disinterested in what you have to say – or perhaps it's something else. Suppose someone has their arms crossed while talking with you and looking away from your face. In that case, there might be a reason why they don't want to engage any further than necessary!
How do I Use Body Language When Communicating?
There are several ways in which studying how people use their bodies can help improve communication skills. For one thing, understanding some of the common gestures used by people who speak English will go far towards helping avoid miscommunication! For example, if somebody shakes their head back-and-forth while speaking, then that means no or I disagree, and if they nod their head up-and-down while speaking, then that means yes or I agree.
But, on the other hand, if someone agrees and shakes their head at the same time, it's likely to be a sarcastic expression of agreement! If someone starts talking with their hands in front of them but quickly brings both arms behind their back, this could indicate that they're feeling defensive. Even more so than usual! It might also mean that you've said or done something which has struck a nerve and now your conversation partner is wary about sharing any further information – even if it seems like an innocent topic change can break the tension.
When Should I Use Body Language?
The most effective way to use body language when you're communicating is to use it as a way of amplifying what you say and help your message come across more clearly. For example, if someone asks, do you want take-out tonight? and you nod your head up-and-down while saying the word yes, this shows that not only do you feel positive about having take-out for dinner, but you also agree with whatever decision has been made!
If somebody looks at another person during conversation then points quickly in front of them or behind them, this tells whoever's listening where they should go – it might be something like I'm going to leave now or perhaps even just an agreement with what was said. If someone nods slowly while you're speaking and has their mouth open, this could indicate that they agree with what you said but also want to add something themselves!
Maintaining good eye contact while communicating can be very important. First, it shows that you're attentive and engaged in the conversation. If your partner is unable or unwilling to meet your gaze, then it might mean one of several things: they don't feel like talking right now; you've done or said something which made them uncomfortable or the topic at hand may make them anxious.
By understanding how people use body language when communicating across different cultures will go a long way towards helping avoid miscommunication! For example, shaking hands firmly upon meeting for the first time might seem like a good idea in America, but other cultures may see this as being too forward!
There are several ways in which studying how people use their bodies can help improve communication skills. Should you need any further information, or are considering hearing aids to help you communicate properly, feel free to contact Affordable Audiology & Hearing Service at 920-232-4752 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!