Body language

There are many types of languages. But, perhaps none communicates more than body language. Awareness of your body language is crucial during an interview.

Teenage as a second language : a parent's guide to becoming bilingual
Barbara R. Greenberg & Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2010.
What are you to do when your cheerful, friendly family members morph overnight into sarcastic, sullen, teens? How can you get through to these hormonally challenged strangers when all you get in return are sighs and eyerolls? Thankfully, this book reveals the groundbreaking strategies you can use to maintain good communication, healthy interaction, and strong connections to your teen, no matter how rocky the road to puberty becomes. You'll learn how to: Let your teens help set the rules--and the consequences for breaking them Realize that "me, me, me!" is actually age-appropriate Put honesty above all else Try not to criticize, judge, or become angry Based on the latest research, this book works as a Rosetta Stone to help you hear what your kids are really saying--and makes sure nothing is lost in translation!
Convince them in 90 seconds or less : make instant connections that pay off in business and in life
by Nicholas Boothman.
New York : Workman Publishing, 2010.
Now in paperback, revised throughout, with a timely new chapter and title The original How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less received praise such as: "Nick Boothman's brilliant stroke is to guarantee that within the first 90 seconds of meeting someone you'll be communicating like old trusted friends. But he doesn t stop there. This book shows how to turn those instant connections into long-lasting, productive business relationships." Marty Edelston, publisher, BottomLine/Personal. And: "Success in business depends on effectively communicating ideas, at least as much as thinking them up, and Boothman tells us how to do that." Matthew Bishop, The Economist. Boothman's message is central, and in this current business climate, critical: whether selling, interviewing, or motivating a team, success depends on convincing the other person and the quickest and best way to do that is through what he calls "rapport by design." Using the science of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (built upon body language, attitude, voice, and synchronizing behavior), Boothman shows how to create a winning first impression and, within 90 seconds, a lasting trust. Then, when those 90 seconds are up, he shows how to master the people-to-people skills that are essential to an ongoing business relationship. A new chapter added just for the paperback serves as a communication primer drawing on his years in advertising, Boothman reveals how to make your message stand out and stick in a world that's already glutted with information.
Winning body language : control the conversation, command attention, and convey the right message--without saying a word
Mark Bowden.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010.
The Unique System of Nonverbal Skills Used by the Most Effective Leaders in Business TodayCONTROL THE CONVERSATION, COMMAND ATTENTION, ANDCONVEY THE RIGHT MESSAGE--WITHOUT SAYING A WORDWhether you're presenting an idea, delivering a speech, managing a team, or negotiating a deal, your body language plays a key role in your overall success.This ingenious step-by-step guide, written by an elite trainer of Fortune 50 CEOs and G8 world leaders, unlocks the secrets of nonverbal communication--using a proven system of universal techniques that can give you the ultimate professional advantage. Learn easily how to: Successfully master the visual TruthPlanearound you to win trust now. Gesture in a way that gains everyone’s attention—even before you speak. Appeal to others' deep psychological needsfor immediate rapport and influence.You'll discover how to sit, stand, and subtly alter your body language to move with confidence, control conversations, command attention, persuade andinfluence others, and convey positive energy—without saying a word.It's the one key to success nobody talks about!
You say more than you think : the 7-day plan for using the new body language to get what you want
Janine Driver ; with Mariska van Aalst.
New York : Crown Publishers, c2010.
Body language expert Janine driver has created the ultimate 7-day plan to help you grasp the essentials of using the new body language to get everything you want- and nothing you don't learn to listen with your eyes, and you'll save time, money, and resources while gaining that all-important edge, whether it be in romance, business, or family life. Book jacket.
How to read a person like a book : observing body language to know what people are thinking
Gerard I. Nierenberg, Henry H. Calero, Gabriel Grayson.
Garden City Park, NY : Square One Publishers, c2010.
Imagine meeting someone for the first time and within minutes-without a word being said-having the ability to tell what that person is thinking. Magic? Not quite. Whether people are aware of it or not, their body movements clearly express their attitudes and motives. These simple gestures, which most of us don't even notice, can communicate key information that is invaluable in a range of situations.
Body language rules : a savvy guide to understanding who's flirting, who's faking, and who's really interested
Judi James.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks, 2009.
Every second, People are sending you signals that unlock a secret world. But most people don't know how to read these amazing messages-or that they're subconsciously sending them too1!

Non-verbal gestures tell an interviewer as much about you as your words do. Your hands and posture allow you to communicate without saying a word. Use them to your advantage.

You want to use your hands to emphasize your words, so place them loosely on your lap. A few hand movements indicates you are at ease. Using too many says you are nervous. The tendency in a stressful situation such as an interview is to fold your arms and hands across the body. This is considered a defensive position, one that says you are not open to communicating. Do not use your hands to cover your mouth or eyes. These gestures suggest you are not being honest.

Your posture needs to say that you are relaxed and interested in the position. The best way is to sit straight in the chair. Slouching suggests you are not prepared or doubt your ability to handle the position. Lean forward a bit and turn to face the person who is speaking.


Your handshake should be firm and confident. Match the interviewer's grip to avoid dominant/submissive impressions.   

Consider the body language being displayed by the interviewer. Tune your movements to those of the interviewer. Take cues from the interviewer’s body language. If the interviewer shakes his head or leans back, this may be a sign of displeasure. By reading this hidden message, you have the opportunity to change this impression.

Before your next interview spend time becoming aware of your body language and increasing your ability to interpret the body language of others.It will be time well spent.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff