Your body language can often make a stronger impression than the words you say or the work you do, notes Caroline McMillan for TheDailyMuse.com. This is true especially in the conference room. Here are a few tips:
- Don’t allow yourself to get squished. “You don’t have to be a diva to have earned a comfortable spot at the table,” she writes. “So untuck your arms, put your hands on the table, and claim your space!”
- Do show you’re engaged. Do that by taking notes. Another way is to lean forward and nod slightly.
- Don’t cross your arms. Audiences are less likely to respond to someone whose arms are crossed because it gives the impression that the speaker is guarded. Instead, smile and keep your arms bent at your sides.
— Adapted from “Your Guide to Smart Body Language in the Conference Room,” by Caroline McMillan, TheDailyMuse.com.