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How does your Body Language Translate?

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By J. Thompson
Online Career Tips Staff

There are more than 6,700 recognized languages across the globe, but only one that is universal—body language. When you’re on the job or interviewing for a position, nonverbal communication speaks volumes. Good communicators are keenly aware of how their body language is being perceived. So, if you’re unsure, you can always consult a mirror, but a friend or colleague can provide you unbiased feedback that may improve your effectiveness. Have a conversation with someone you trust and ask the person to rate how well you present.

[Have Your Appearance and Car Reflect Your Working Style]

Be sure to have good posture, be engaged in the discussion, and practice being an active listener. Remember, quality discussions are two-way, and you can learn a lot about yourself. Accept any constructive criticism about your body language just as well as you would praise. If time permits, hold a practice conversation before any interview or speaking engagement. It will get you in the right frame of body and mind.

Want more tips you can print and review before your next interview?  Check out these from Body Language Can Make or Break a Job Interview, by Robert Ordona of Yahoo! Hotjobs:

  • Making a Great Entrance
  • Show Your Good Side
  • First Impressions
  • Shake It—Don’t Break It
  • Important Steps
  • At the Interview Desk
  • The Art of Departing

J. Thompson is the Vice President of the Content team at American Public University. He earned an M.F.A in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and performed his undergraduate studies in English literature, political science and business management between the University of New Mexico and East Carolina University. His career insights draw upon experience as a communications vice president supporting learning management, applicant tracking, and talent and leadership development for Bank of America and other Fortune 500 firms.

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