Effective leadership is the ability to inspire and positively impact people. When preparing for a crucial meeting – with your staff, management, or clients – you focus on your content and essential points. Did you know that people subliminally evaluate your confidence, credibility, and trustworthiness? Non-verbal communication such as physical gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact can sabotage your impact as a leader. In this article at PMWorld 360, Leigh Espy explains some non-verbal communication mistakes leaders must fix right away.
Non-Verbal Communications Mistakes to Avoid
Your hands in pockets, standing cross-legged, or anything that makes you look intimidated will kill the positive message that you want to convey. The way you stand tells what kind of leader you are and helps your audience decide if you are worth listening to.
Standing Behind the Podium
The podium is not a wall that you can lean on while you deliver your speech. Your audience wants to see you. Moving away from the lectern tells your audience that you want to reach out to them and are just within their reach.
Avoiding Eye Contact
Avoiding eye contact sends a message that you lack confidence or have low self-esteem. “Shift your focus from one person to another throughout your presentation. This will keep everyone engaged,” says Espy. Additionally, looking at your audience or maintaining eye contact helps you read their reactions and energy, allowing you to respond in an appropriate manner.
Fidgeting with Things
This includes playing with pens, glasses, cuff links, twirling with your hair, or playing with your jewelry. Fidgeting sends a message that you are nervous and unsure of what you are talking about. If you want your audience to trust you and believe in your leadership skills, confidently stand before them and with full authority. Your gestures on the platform must tell your audience to listen and pay attention to your speech.
To read the original article, click on https://www.pmworld360.com/blog/2021/03/01/5-nonverbal-communication-mistakes-you-may-not-know-you-are-doing/.