As human beings we tend to use a plethora of non-verbal cues for communication. These subtle movements convey a greater meaning than what you say with your words. You will be able to get a lot of information if you learn to read body language of other people. You can also use it to your advantage when you’re speaking to another person.
There are certain body movements that we do instinctually without having the need to explain it with words. We tend to shrug to communicate that we have no idea of what a person has said and we use our eyebrows to express a variation of meanings. Sometimes what we say with our body language reinforces what we have said verbally. But there are times when non-verbal and verbal communication is not working together. This can give the person who is listening to us, a mixed message and they can possibly become confused. In a, say, business setting, it is very important that your body language conforms to the things that you’re communicating verbally to your clients, partners or other professionals in the field. This will give the impression that you’re confident in what you say which will in turn affirm their confidence in you. If you’re unsure of how you can use this technique to your advantage, you can go for professional communication training.
You can attend a few lectures and listen to a knowledgeable seminar speaker on the importance of body language to learn how to master it. This will give you an edge when it comes to discerning what another person is saying. In a way, you are getting insight into another person’s mind when you successfully read their body language. This will let you know if a person is sincere or not. This is important in your work life as well as personal life. For example, there are a few signs that will let you know if a person is being dishonest such as not making eye contact, stammering, changes in the pitch of their voice, stalling etc.
Some even have certain tells such as foot tapping, raising shoulders, turning away from the person they are talking to when they are not comfortable with the situation. Body language tells you a more detailed story on our feelings. Our body will betray what we actually think about a certain topic we’re discussing. Maybe there is a stronger emotional element in what we are talking about that will be made clear to the listener from the way we manipulate our body and facial expressions. Therefore, body language will let you sense the emotional counterpart of what a person if talking about.