Best foot forward: Assessment through body language

It is widely believed that body language is an outward reflection of a person’s emotional condition. Your posture, gestures and facial expressions act as a gateway to your inner emotions.  As we all know the basic body language tips to follow for a good impression, it is also quiet necessary to be able to read another’s  gestures. A good understanding of general body language can help us understand and access the person whom we are conversing with. Although the body language of each individual is different, there are a few basic guidelines that can be followed to understand the emotions of the person you are conversing with. Read on to know the tips for body language and interpretations for your daily life routines.


Image consultant Prajakta Salmarkar displaying a confidant body image

Photography Apoorva Guptay | Location R.V Studio

  • During a conversation, if you notice the listener starts fidgeting or looking away, you can understand that they are uninterested in the conversation. At times like these, immediately change the topic of conversation or pause to gain their attention again.
  • Maintaining eye contact but not staring at another can be taken as a sign of confidence.
  • Upon greeting another, notice their facial expression. A subtle smile shows interest. This hold true even during a conversation.
  • If the listener seems to be fidgeting or fiddling with object around, It can be taken as a sign of insecurity or nervousness.
  • Be aware of speakers who hesitate or avoid eye contact during a conversation. They are generally considered untrustworthy and insecure.
  • Notice the body and gestures of your listener. If they sit or stand facing you during the conversation, it shows that they are listening and interested in the conversation.
  • If the listener seems to be touching their hair or brushing it behind your ears, they could come across as an opportunist.
  • Resting of forearms flat on a table or surface in front shows  confidence and ability to take on responsibilities.
  • Standing with crossed arms during a conversation denotes vulnerability and anxiousness.
  • If the person you are speaking to adopts the position of covering his mouth with his finger, it is often taken as a sign that they don’t trust you.
  • Constant throat clearing during meetings or conferences, indicates uncertainty, or  even deception.
  • notice if your listener keeps their hands away from their face instead of using it as a head support. This shows interest towards the conversation.

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