It’s well known that good communication is the foundation of any successful relationship, be it personal or professional.
Interpersonal communication is much more than the explicit meaning of words, the information or message conveyed. It also includes implicit messages, whether intentional or not, which are expressed through non-verbal behaviours.
You cannot avoid sending nonverbal messages to others; however, it is possible to train yourself to send the right ones. The ability to understand and use nonverbal communication, or body language, is a powerful tool that can help you connect with others, express what you really mean, and build better relationships.
Non-verbal communications include facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, gestures displayed through body language and the physical distance between the communicators
Here are few nonverbal cues that convey confidence and credibility in the workplace.
- Good eye contact.
- A confident handshake.
- Effective gestures.
- Dressing the part.
- Authoritative posture and presence.
- Appropriate facial expressions.
- Initiating interactions.
- Appropriate voice tone.
- Giving your full attention.
- Responding to others’ nonverbal cues.