Negative Body Language
The following are perceived as negative body signals that communicate nervousness, insecurity, frustration, anger, or defensiveness: head shaking, eyes rolling up with a shrug, crossed arms, sideways glances, checking the time, frowning, fidgeting, biting fingernails, chewing pens or pencils, hissing, pointing a finger, and tapping or twitching a foot.
Positive Body Language
The following signals are positive body language that present you as a person of confidence, cooperation, and openness: standing tall, sitting up straight, holding chin up, smiling, holding steepled, upturned or open hands, holding your hands behind your back when standing, leaning forward and tilting head toward speaker.
6 Steps to a Powerful Handshake
- Offer your right hand
- Web of the hand to web of the other personâs hand
- Give eye contact
- Firm grip (if itâs a man shaking a womanâs hand)
- Two pumps
In many western countries, these give the impression that you are confident.
Note: In some countries, maintaining eye contact can actually be a sign of disrespect. Make sure to adhere to the customs of the country where you are working.
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