You are just out of college and want to apply for jobs. You have applied for an Analyst post and you have been shortlisted for the first round of interview. You are good in academics and so you are confident that interview would go well. Still, you are nervous (or excited) about facing the interview panel. You are nervous because you want to clear this interview and want to stand out at first glance.
Have you come across a colleague who while narrating an incident says, “ Trust me” but his eyes and tone are saying something. How do you catch that? Simple—You look at his body language and feel something is not in sync.
Your communication consists of body language, words, tone, accent, pitch and how you say it.
Consider this—You are going to give a presentation to a large audience. You know the company that you are giving this presentation to is a conglomerate and they are all wise and brilliant and well informed about the market. You have heard it from your boss and so, you are little nervous as you are thinking about how to be your best and give the presentation.If you become nervous and start giving presentation, it will be boring as you will not be able to use hand gestures, modify the tone of your voice.
But if you know how to use body language and gestures to make the presentation interesting, you will be confident and your presentation will be excellent.
So,want to overcome these fears and know how to stand out at first glance in interview, meeting,presentation or conversation? Read this :
1. Body Language
Please note that 55% of your communication consist of your body language, how you stand or sit, your gestures and facial expressions.
Exercise: Make a point to observe your body language-. Whenever you are uncomfortable, irritated, angry, depressed, watch you breathing pattern, it’s shallow breathing.
Whenever you are calm and composed, your breathing is deep and that sets the tone for better communication.
Whenever you feel your friend or colleague is lying to you, look at his body language—chances are it’s not in sync with what he/she is saying.
2. Tone and Pitch
35% of your communication is about how you say the things. Things like your pitch, tone and accent play an important role here.Whether you say it in high pitch or use a different tone,how deep your voice is,how good your accent is—play an important part here.
You will be surprised to know this. Only 10% of your communication is about words. SO,use the words carefully.
What about telephonic interview or communication
When you are using telephone for communication,only mode is verbal. You need to use the words carefully here but do not ignore the tone and pitch of your voice, it says a lot, especially when you can not see each other.
Exercise: When you actually receive a phone call, bring smile to your face and see what happens next—automatically, you are in good mood and the other person will feel it. This will create a positive tone.
One more thing, pay attention to what you say and how you say it. If you don’t trust someone and still say “I trust you”, the other person will easily sense it.
Watch how you communicate using your body. Once you learn how to use body language, your communication will dramatically improve.
I am sure now you understand, how to stand out at first glance.