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The Translation of Body Language

February 24th, 2020

Not in the literal sense of translating a language from one to the other, body language communicates both subconsciously and physically. It is crucial for speakers to portray the correct body language to an audience in order to keep them engaged. Likewise, it plays a huge role in relationships, work offices, arguments etc...  In fact, this can be just as, if not more important than verbal communication.

Body language can often show how a person may be truly feeling. Research has shown that our communication consists of 35% verbal communication and 65% non-verbal communication. Our body language helps others identify with our emotional state, lifestyle and physical health. Moreover, non-verbal communication can support, undermine, replace or emphasize the meaning of our speech. Therefore, in order to translate the correct message, it is often best to be aware of how your body language demonstrates. As a result, keeping these verbal and non-verbal messages in sync can achieve the objective of your conversation.

This could be during an interview, a presentation, a date, family gatherings etc… Everywhere you go, your body language offers others a chance to gather an opinion or a feeling from you. If you are aware of this, you can spread a positive message to those around you by showing an open, welcoming body position compared to a closed and defensive one. In workplaces, bosses who have a healthy body language often achieve greater results from their staff as people are more receptive to a smile, open hands, and eye contact.

Being conscious of how your body language is valuable knowledge as you can start to influence your brain. For example, before an interview or speech, many people stand in front of a mirror, pumping their fists in the air, imitating a celebration (Similar to what sports teams do before a match). Consequently, your mind will release adrenaline which will inevitably help you perform better.

Therefore, become aware of your body language and how it translates to other people.  Any sign of conflict between our body language and our words can make us appear untrustworthy and deceptive. At the minimum, recognise your unspoken communication and how people may be received because it is the best way to connect with others and build professional or personal relationships.



by Thomas Deighton