Establishing a foundation of trust is a crucial part of professional relationship development. Whether you are networking with other business professionals, making contacts with potential clients, or simply strengthening relationships with colleagues, coming across as open and honest is essential. Of course, the first step to being perceived as being honest and trustworthy is actually being honest and trustworthy. But, it is also vital that this character trait is projected in a perceptible way as well. One common way to help project an air of trustworthiness is body language. Take a look at some of our tips and make sure you’re not sending the wrong signals!
- When speaking with someone, try to keep your pelvis and torso angled towards them. This gives the impression that you are completely open with nothing to hide. Angling your body away from someone can subconsciously make it appear that you are trying to keep something from them.
- Avoid crossing your arms or legs. A closed body posture makes it appear as though you have something to hide. Although you, like many people, may simply adopt this posture when uncomfortable or nervous, it is likely to send the wrong message.
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