What does your body say about you?

May 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Did you know that when you meet your child's new teacher, a new neighbor, or anyone for that matter, you have about seven seconds before they decide whether or not they like you? Carol Kinsey Goman, author of "The Nonverbal Advantage," explains why body language can give us advantage in all of our relationships.

An NYU study revealed that we make 11 decisions about one another in the first seven seconds. Some of those decisions include: Are you trustworthy? Are you credible? Are you competent? Can I believe you?

Things you can do to make a positive first impression:

  • Attitude adjustment: Decide what you want to project.
  • Stand tall: Adjust your posture.
  • Eyebrow flash: If you see a friend approaching, you will automatically (unconsciously) open your more and raise your eyebrows. Every culture on the planet has this signal for recognition.
  • Eye contact: Look at someone's eyes long enough to notice what color they are.
  • Smile: Give a genuine smile. Practice using a pencil between your teeth

Buy the book on Amazon: The Nonverbal Advantage About Carol Kinsey Goman:

Carol Kinsey Goman coaches executives and delivers keynote speeches and seminars to association and business audiences around the world. She can be reached by email at CGoman@CKG.com. To learn more about Goman, read her bio here.

For more information, visit: www.CKG.com and www.NonverbalAdvantage.com.

You can also read her blog, Body Talk, here.