Stop! Did you hear what you just said? Not with your words, silly. But with your body language.
As a leader, you will be more effective if you convey a non-verbal message that matches what you say. That means checking your body language when you are about to offer feedback, run a meeting, or ask for their input.
Here's your 6-point checklist:
- Head - holding your head straight up means confidence, tilted means listening
- Eyes - look at individuals in the triangle of their face: eyes up to forehead
- Smile - please do! (Unless it's bad news, then be authentically concerned)
- Shoulders - down and relaxed sends a confident, calm message
- Hands - no crossed arms please! Open arms is more collaborative
- Feet - stop walking and turn toward your audience
This week, right before you talk to one person or the whole group, take a moment and do the 6-point body-check.
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