Body language is very important part of our communication. Most of the communication is done by our body languages. If our body language is good we can be a good communicator. To identify the differences between good and bad language during conversation one should understand the basics of body language. It can be identify when taking instructions or receiving criticism from a supervisor. You can practice good body posture during a conversation and practice good body language while a manager is giving instructions or criticizing.
Instructional format is mainly involved modeling and role-playing. Start the session by taking about the importance of how one looks on the outside during communications with others. If a person looks unresponsive during a discussion, he will have a hard time making and keeping associates. If a person looks irritated or annoyed when his boss tells him to do something, his boss may think he has awful approach. It is supportive to video-tape role-plays. If you have the tools, it is highly suggested.
Model both bad and good body language during a discussion. Have the person try to recognize whether you have good or bad body language. Good body posture involves keeping good individual space, making eye contact, sitting or standing up straight, and looking concerned. When you are doing the awful role-play, do only one thing wrong (stare at the floor, turn body to one side scowl, fidget, rock back and forth cross arms, slump, etc.), and see if the person can recognize what you are doing incorrect. Instruct person on good body posture during discussion and when supervisors are giving instructions. Have the person practice the skills in role-plays. The components of good posture during spoken message mainly involve not doing the bad things mentioned above. But, it is vital to take care of eye contact, keep still, personal space and posture.
Maintain eye contact by looking at the person the majority of the time, but not more than 15 seconds at a time. Don’t fidgets shake back and forth, play with hairs or cloths. It is hard to chat when you are 10 feet apart, but you do not wish for to be 6 inches apart either. Generally, 2-3 feet is a comfortable distance for most people during conversation. Sitting up straight or even openness toward the speaker lets the person know you are paying attention.
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