Body language is a huge and authentic thing. People are capable of reading your intentions from the moment they see you, so it only fits that you want to send out the right vibes and messages. Without being aware of it, your unconscious mind sends out signals that your colleagues and leaders pick up on; the question is, are they positive? Here are a few common ways that your career credibility could be going down without you knowing it.
How much time do you typically put into preparing for important meetings? Do you spend more time considering what you’re going to say, or more time thinking about communicating your message with body language?
Unfortunately, the majority of professionals don’t spend enough time focusing on their body language. Each conversation that you have is actually two conversations; the message and body language. You might have a great speech prepared, but if you are slumped over, displaying low levels of energy, and speaking monotonously, your coworkers are going to pick up on a lack of enthusiasm that makes it seem like you don’t want to be there.
Using Bad Posture
Statistics show that you can win over colleagues within the first 30 seconds of meeting them, all thanks to your body language and posture. If you meet a co-worker for the first time and your shoulders are rounded, your head is pushed forward, and you’re looking to the floor, it shows subservience. It also appears like you aren’t interested in meeting your co-worker. Instead, you should stand with your shoulders back, and your head held high; be proud of where you are.
Lounging Back During Conversations
Most professionals have learned how to control their emotions. Even if they are in a conversation that they aren’t interested in, they have mastered the arm of maintaining an interested expression. However, this isn’t the only thing you need to do. Body language plays tricks that work against what you’ve learned, and people can spot them easily.
If you are slouching in your seat, resting your elbow in your hand, and keeping your feet close to the door, it shows things such as disinterest, impatience, and boredom.
Not Keeping Control of Your Voice
Your voice is an incredibly powerful tool. If you have a strong and vibrant voice, you come across as more authoritative. However, smaller and more nasal voices sound subservient and can be less appealing.
As a professional, it’s recommended that you practice speaking in front of colleagues that you’re comfortable with. There might be a time where you need to speak in a stressful situation. If you have a voice that you are confident in, other people are more likely to be confident in you. Keep yourself from slouching and ensure that you are breathing deeply.
There are many different ways that your body language and actions in the workplace can hurt your credibility, but you just need to pay attention to what you’re doing. If you see other co-workers giving off negative body language, ask yourself if it’s something that you do, too. It’s always a good idea to invite colleagues and leaders that you trust to give you honest feedback about the impression that you give off at work. You can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken.
What other tips do you suggest for those struggling with workplace credibility?