We’ve all sat in front of someone who is saying ‘yes, yes, yes’ but their hands are telling us ‘no’. We’re constantly sending signals, whether we know it or not. What comes out of our mouth is only part of what we’re communicating.
The way our bodies move, facial expressions, tones of voice and hand gestures often divulge how we really feel. While this article brushes up your understanding of body language, what will really set you apart as a communicator is learning how to decode personalities.
Because while body language might help you better grasp a situation, understanding personalities gives you deeper insights into the person.
Okay, picture this: A broad-shouldered man, standing tall, shoulders back. He’s smiling, looking directly at you, guiding the conversation with hand gestures. His speech is slow, but calm and direct.
Now, compare this to a man who talks slouched, with his attention to the back of the room. He’s nervously fidgeting, eyebrows furrowed.
Who would you talk to, if you’re looking for an authoritative voice?
The first man, right?
Take note of non-verbal gestures
Keep in mind the different ways we ‘speak’, without words:
Here are a few examples of using body language to your advantage:
Body language plays a key role in the way we communicate and work together. But, like we mentioned, the way someone is poised doesn’t tell you the full picture.
See, maybe that second man in the earlier example is, in fact, the better choice, but he doesn’t do well in front of crowds. He’s a leader, in one-on-one settings. He’s what we call a Dove – one of Tick’s four bird type personalities.
By using Tick’s fun, easy to remember personality profiles, you’ll derive a deeper understanding of the people you’re working with, hiring, selling to, and collaborating with.
With Tick’s insights, you can reduce conflict, get more done as a team, make smarter hires, and partner with the right clients. Don’t misread amazing talent ever again. Architect your team for success, with Tick.