Imagine this: you walk into a room and people are talking with one another, clustered in twos and threes. You look around, scanning the crowd to see about one of two things:
- Do I know anyone?
- Where is the nearest food station?
A few of the groups glance over at you, eyeing you up. This is the moment that your impression starts- will you own the moment or fade into the background?
This scenario happens all of the time.
The fact is, people can see you before they can hear you. This is the first reason why your body language is so vitally important. Secondly, body language is a means of communicating to yourself. I have confidence. I am talented. I can do this. Third and finally, body language is a door to a meaningful conversation with someone else (and that’s always a good thing).
Here are some great resources for mastering the art of body language and networking:
- The Art of Charm: How to Dress
- Forbes: How to Work a Room Like You Own the Place
- Entrepreneur: 6 Ways to Work a Room
- Real Simple: What Is Your Body Language Saying?
If you’re serious about your career, paying attention to body language is a good investment. Shoulders back, broad smile, engaging eyes, good handshake… now go and own the room. You can do this.