Whether you realize it or not, body language is a huge factor responsible for how everyone you meet, reaches an opinion about you. In many professions, particularly in professions where you help others, listening skills are a must and very important for creating good relationships with clients.
No matter whether you help people in maintaining their personal relationships, giving guidance to people for success in business or to counsel people for any other type of problem, they are seeing your body language, showing good listening skills makes people more comfortable.
Poor Body language could result in you losing out on something big. It is not so important that you are listening to every single word carefully and honestly. It is your body language that makes other people feel important and that you are giving them the attention they require.
Here it is important to know what the signs of a poor listener are, and you should try to rid yourself of any of these.
If you are in the habit of keeping your arms folded over your chest, or you tap your toes impatiently, lean or turn to look away too often, or look here and there all of the time while listening, then you are telling the other person that you are not interested in what he or she is saying. This will most likely result in the end of the relationship and can cause huge losses in business.
So, what can you do, so that your body language starts to send positive signals to the person you are talking to? Firstly, you should try to face the other person square on. Do not look away to send a positive signal. Then we come to the pose of your body at the time of communication. You should assume an open posture. You must never keep your arms or legs folded; or else, the other person will think that you are not interested in listening to his or her point.
If you lean forward while talking to someone, then your body language says that you are paying more attention to what he or she is saying. In contrast, leaning away indicates that you have no interest what so ever. Then we come to the eye contact. Eye contact is the most crucial factor. At all times try to maintain eye contact normally.
If you keep looking down or looking away, then it shows that you are not showing any interest in the point and feeling uncomfortable. Additionally, the significance of a relaxed posture can also not be ignored. Do not try to be too stiff. Neither should you be too formal while talking to someone. If you feel that you have suffered big losses in the past because of your poor body language, then you should start practicing the above-mentioned tips now.