According to Harvard Business Review, audiences have the “innate ability to read body language” to the point where it can lead them to feel that the speaker is inauthentic. If you want to truly connect with your team, stop strategizing your movements and simply do what feels natural.

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Reflect on how to interpret positive body language

Learning how to interpret positive body language is fundamental in developing and honing your communication skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Is a logical interpretation based on observations or prior knowledge?

Exercises to help you interpret positive body language

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your communication skills can allow you to interpret positive body language.

  • Maintain eye contact by looking directly at the camera on your laptop when talking to your team.
  • Avoid distracting motions like rocking back-and-forth in your chair, clicking your pen, and turning on your fan during a Zoom call with your team.
  • Dress appropriately depending on your industry. If you're in a business role that is client-facing, consider wearing formal attire as opposed to business casual.

Additional resources to help you interpret positive body language

Why You Should Keep A Body-Language Diary
When you start keeping track of your body language you’ll realize how much it influences everything else.
Seven Tricks For Reading Body Language Like A Pro
What people say to you goes way beyond their words. Here’s how to read anyone like a pro.
Does Your Body Language Convey Confidence?
If you want people at work to trust and respect you, regardless of your title or authority, pay attention to your body language. How you stand, sit, and speak all affect whether people are open to being influenced by you. For example, standing up straight with your shoulders back helps you come acro…

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