Amidst all other things that you will do to keep yourself at the top of your game at the workplace, something as simple as body language can make or break your deal. Communication they say goes beyond words and we happen to communicate with our postures and body language just as much. And when at work, this becomes twice as important. Which is why, we’ve compiled five body language rules that you need be mindful of when at work.

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Posture perfect

Keep your shoulders squared, head held high, chin relatively up and keep your torso turned towards the person you are talking to. Do not slouch or droop your shoulders or look down too often or you will convey a wrong message that of low self-confidence. Keep upright when engaging in workplace conversations so you come across as a self-sufficient, confident professional.

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Watch them, facial expressions

At times your facial expressions can speak louder than words and can give away what is going on in your mind. So when in a conversation at work you are bored, angry or confused be mindful of your expressions and maintain a degree of professionalism. Being too expressive of emotions and work might not always be a good idea.

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The walk of confidence

When walking around at your workplace, walk with your head held high and your feet firm and steady. Refrain from dragging or stomping your feet because that does not speak very well of your confidence quotient. Walk upright and confident with your hands on the sides so you look confident and pleasing at the same time.

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Maintain eye contact

Maintaining eye contact with your co-workers when talking to them will make you come across as someone responsible, trustworthy and honest. And with looking them in the eye, we don’t mean staring at them because that can be misconstrued. Make sure you maintain a comforting and attentive eye contact so you are pleasing to talk to.

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Do not fidget or cross your arms

Constant fidgeting can come across as being worried, less attentive, even less confident. Also crossing your hands can be taken for nervousness. So sit attentive with your hands on your knees or on the table and refrain from fidgeting or crossing those hands.

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Keep your handshakes firm

For a professional interaction make a firm, steady handshake and make sure you don’t exceed two to five seconds. When meeting someone for the first time and introducing yourself, extend a firm hand and repeat your name in the same go. This way you will make a confident impact.