At times it gets really hard to believe what someone else is saying. It may either be because of our gut feeling indicating that something is wrong or something else that just didn’t ring true.
This difference between the words that people speak and our understanding of what they are trying to convey comes from their conscious and unconscious postures and movements, otherwise called body language.
According to a study, communication is only 7 percent verbal, 38 percent tone of voice, and 55 percent body language.
The ability to read a person’s body language is truly an art. It provides a great amount of information on what people are thinking. Sometimes there are subtle movements, facial expressions, and small gestures that indicate that something is going on. The way people sit, stand, walk, and talk all speak something about them. Thus, whatever is going inside a person reflects on the outside.
Sometimes we are saying something but our body language is revealing something else. When this happens we are sending mixed messages. Eventually, our body language affects how we respond to people and the response we get in return.
By learning more about body language and knowing what it may mean, we can develop the ability to read people with ease. This way we can communicate with them effectively. Added to this, by increasing our understanding of people, we can even become more aware of what messages we should convey to them and what not.
Learning to read body language can have great advantages. Here is how it can help people in day to day situations.
1. Helps Connect Better
Since 55 percent of our communication is through body language, it helps us connect better with people as it allows us to expand our communication abilities. Thus, we are able to understand small gestures that others make, which can eventually create a better connection.
2. Prevents Conflicts
People use a different type of body language when they are upset or angry. By learning to understand this special type of body language, we would we able to know when our partner is angry or upset.
3. Opens Up Our World
In 30 minutes of a normal conversation, people send over more than 800 nonverbal signals. So, there is a lot going on in normal conversations that we are not aware of everything.
By learning more about body language our brain actively looks to catch these nonverbal signals. It is just like looking at the world in high definition. You begin to unveil more information.
4. Improves Our Presence
By studying body language we also learn about our own presence. We find out what signals we send out to other people through different gestures and postures, and how they perceive us. Thus, we become more aware of our body.
By improving our body language, we not only have a positive impact on other people, but also on ourselves.
Marshall Sylver is a successful business consultant and an expert on subconscious reprogramming and persuasion and influence. Attend one of his seminars to know more about him.