A typical conversation with one of my students starts like this, “Good morning Joe. How are you doing this morning?” Joe replies, “I’m tired” It’s actually quite remarkable how often this conversation occurs in the hallway and classrooms of Loogootee. To be fair, this dialogue is not unique to Loogootee. It happens in schools, offices, and factories all over the country. I often suggest to “Joe” to “fake it” for a while and he will have a better day.
What I mean by “fake it” is to have good body language. Motivational speaker and personal finance instructor, Tony Robbins, says that “physiology dictates your psychology.” In other words, your body language dictates your state of mind. I couldn’t agree more. Not only do I agree that one’s body language can and does affects one’s attitude, I think a person’s body language affects his classmates, coworkers and teammates attitudes. Somebody with negative body language can have a negative impact on his school, workplace, or team without saying a word.
I believe that people fall into 1 of 2 categories. You are either an “Energy Giver” or and “Energy Taker”. If you want to be the type of person who breathes life into his/her school, place of work, or team, you must have great body language. If you want to perform at your best, you must exhibit empowering body language. I encourage our players to be cognizant of their body language so that they can be “Energy Giver.”
Here are 6 tips to exhibiting positive body language:
Make eye contact.
Stand or sit upright.
Have open hands when speaking to someone.
Make sure your feet are pointing toward the person in which you are speaking.