What is Body Language?
Body language is a type of nonverbal communication in which physical behavior, as opposed to words, are used to express or convey information. Such behavior includes facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space. Now I am going to tell you how to make powerful and confident body language in interview and teaching.
Confident Body Language in Interview and Teaching
When you meet someone, what is the first thing or impression you do? Eye contact. Yeah, eye contact with a little smile on your face, normal and natural smile but not laughing. Because the most important aspect of confident body language in interview and teaching is a smile.
Moreover, No one likes a person who doesn’t smile and we all look beautiful while smiling so why not smile, smile towards your audience or students and your audience will like you. In addition, Smile will add antidote to your nervousness and makes your tone impressive. Also, remember to smile according to the situation and it must be normal and natural.
You should make eye contact because you are speaking to the students or audience, not to the paper or wall and eye contact makes a connection between you and your students. Remember, it should not be a lengthy one, it should be 2 to 3 seconds, otherwise, the person will feel uncomfortable.
A student came to me and told me that our teacher is just talking to a number of specific students and involve them in conversation not paying attention to us.
Make Eye contact with every individual student in the class and talk to everyone not just to the intelligent students.
Don’t bow down your head and looking down, it means that you are not interested or not confident in the conversation. Eye contact should be expressive and must involve you in the conversation.
When you are talking to someone or students and when they are interested in your conversation even they lean sometimes and showing interest or passion by responding or shaking head if they are not interested they might lean back and just staring at you.
Though greetings is not a part of body language but vital in communication. When you enter a class or interview session, the few words which come out of your mouth should be energetic and bold. Obviously initially, you will greet the students and ask them how they are. Remember greetings are vital to make the first good impression, establish good relationships with your students and set a positive tone for any lesson with your students.
Body Movement and Gesture
Gesture creates an impact in giving instructions to the students and attract them to the teacher. Also, it depends on the situation, suppose if you are in the interviews session, then you can’t have hands movement a lot, moreover moving a lot is the factor of nervousness.
Just remember to have a little movement while giving presentation or teaching because people are just watching you.
Sometimes feel relax to move around the classroom and look at everything, this way you can take the control of your class thoroughly. Even sometimes, you can take control of distracting behavior or off task students. Move where the emulation is emulating from and control the situation instead of distracting your lesson.
Avoid Distracting Behaviors in Body Language
Avoid doing anything with your body that’s distracting. Stuffing hand in your pockets, toying with jewelry, being busy on your cell phone, playing with a marker, sitting on the chair or just standing in one place: all of these behaviors can draw attention away from your lesson.
I had an annoying distracting behavior of moving my head a lot meanwhile talking, then I noticed that I have this annoying tendency of moving my head and a classmate of mine had a habit of moving her eyebrow while speaking.
So nobody is immune from picking up bad habits, it takes awareness however to eliminate any distracting habit you may have picked up.
Remember your posture matters a lot, the way you are standing or even sitting. We have two kinds of acts: when you are nervous, how do you act and sit and when you are confident how you sit or talk. When you are frightened or nervous you might sit in blocking pose or defensive pose and when you are confident and relaxed you will act conveniently.
Straightly pointing out misbehaving students or off task students is also a distracting behavior instead you can be calm and talk generally.
Also Read: Great Body Language In Communication
I hope the tips mentioned above helped you to have confident body language in interview and teaching. What other aspects do you know about body language? Please share your views in the comment section below.