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Use of Phrases in English

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Use of phrases in the English language is a very interesting and at times a hilarious affair. As Indians, we love to translate the entire sentence, word to word, from Hindi to English; therefore sometimes it becomes quite hilarious. Here’s a look at some of the most commonly used phrases in English which are incorrect.

 

“What’s your good name?”

There is no good or bad name. A name is just a name. So, instead of asking a person’s “good name” what we can ask instead is “May I know your name? or May I take your name?”. It sounds polite and is the correct way of knowing someone’s name.

“Where do you put up?”

Do we put down also!! Well! There is a proper way to ask where the person lives. You can simply ask “Where do you live or where do you reside?”

“Kindly revert back”

Another commonly used phrase is “Kindly revert back”. Revert itself means to reply back so we need not add an additional back with revert.

“Discuss About”

Next comes the humble “discuss about”. Now, you will ask what’s wrong with this phrase. Well! Discuss means to talk about things. Therefore, we again need not add an extra about to it.

“Today Itself”

Next in line is “I will do the work today itself”. Today means by end of the day. So we need not add itself to it

Similar to the above is “I came back today only”.. Again, if you have come today , then it means you are already here, so need not again put an extra only to it.

“Backside ”

Now comes the most amusing phrase used “My house is at the backside of the park”. Ahh!! Backside!! Well, we all know what it refers to!! Instead of saying the backside entrance, we can simply say “the rear of the park or the back of the park or entrance”.

“Out of Station”

We Indians love traveling. And it’s a common phrase to say “out of station”. Again, in earlier times when railway was the preferred mode of transport, this phrase could have still made sense as it referred to moving out of the railway station. But no longer is this phrase apt for today’s era. We can replace this phrase by simply saying “I was out of town”.

“Passed Out”

Next in line is “passed out”. Again a term very commonly used. Now, this means that a person has become unconscious or fainted. We never ever use this phrase to ask “When did you pass out from college?” It literally means “When did you faint in college?” The correct way to as is “When did you complete your college education?” or “When did you pass from college?”

“Giving Exams”

We are all scared of giving exams, isn’t it? There we go!!! Again an Indian phrase commonly used by all “Are you giving your board exams?” That’s completely incorrect. The suitable way of saying this is “Are you taking you board exams?”

“Real Brother / Sister”

As Indians, we love to talk incessantly about our family. And then comes another Indian phrase widely used by most of us; “My real brother/sister”. Come on!! Do we have a fake brother or sister too? No!!! So simply say “siblings”. Another error which we make while talking about our family is “cousin brother/sister”. Cousin is a cousin; you need not add a brother or sister to it.

“Hinglish”

Let’s talk about Hinglish now!! Adding a “Na” at the end of sentence. “You are coming for the movie, na?” Come to think of it!! You are literally asking that person to not come!! Just ask “Are you coming for the movie?” Let that person say a ‘haan’ or a ‘na’!!

“Himself /  Herself”

Another language fallacy is the use of “herself”, inappropriately. e.g. “She herself only completed the work”. Which means that she did the work on her own. A better and of course the correct way of saying this is “She did the work all by herself or she did the work on her own.”

“Back”

Back is back again!! This time wrongly used in a different concept. Ever heard people saying ­­“Two years back I was in China?” Well! Well! Well! No back here please!!! Usage of a small word here, will change the way you talk. Please replace “back” with “ago”. Hence, it’s “Two years ago, I was in China.”

“Overusing Present Continuous Tense ”

Last, but not the least is the over usage of the “Present Continuous Tense”. Words like having, liking, etc. How does this sentence sound – He’s is loving those shoes? Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! It should be “He loves those shoes”. Another common one is “Are you having your laptop with you?” Didn’t know we can eat laptops too!!! “Having is consuming”. Therefore, we cannot use having unless we are referring to an eatable item. Instead please say” Do you have your laptop with you?” “Have” indicates possession.

Hope, the above fantastic fifteen will be an eye opener and we stop using these phrases to make our English sound more refined.

Getting my point!! Ohhh!!! I mean, got my point?

 

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Importance of English in Career Growth

Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all

-Walt Whitman

 

 

Importance of English for Career Growth

 

 

Why do young professionals, be it a graduate or a post graduate (B.Tech, M.Tech, MBA, MCA etc) take up courses to polish their communication skills in English? Why are organizations these days engaged in training students and employees on effective communication skills in English? Why do parents leave no stone unturned to make sure that their children are sent to the best of schools? Years ago, the choice used to be between a good public school and a convent school. Today, the choices have extended to the international schools following IB curriculum. Whatever be the reasons for the different choices that parents make but importance of English cannot be denied.

Ever wondered why? Well, one need not wonder because the answer seems quite obvious. Good command over English opens up various avenues for a bright career.

You may ask “Why English?”

 

People have been moving to different countries for better job opportunities. One of the most important aspects in getting a good job abroad is the command over English. TOFEL/ IELTS/PTE must be cleared in order to get good opportunities overseas. More than 2 billion people all over the world use English to communicate on a regular basis. Research shows that English is the business language across the globe. With globalization, all cross-border business communication is usually done in English. It’s presence in the global market place cannot be underestimated.

English is spoken across the globe due to Great Britain’s expansion during the colonial age. People in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and parts of Africa, India, and many small island nations speak English. English is the commonly adopted second language in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Moreover,  most of the content produced on the internet is in English, many of the world’s top films, books and music are also published and produced in English.

 

So knowing English will allow you access to an incredible amount of information which may not be otherwise available. Research shows that English speakers in the world earn more money than non-English speakers. Being a comfortable communicator in English can help you land that first job in your new career and ensure a positive future. It can also make you better than other applicants and help you be a more effective employee. In fact, English serves as a stepping stone to leadership responsibilities and career advancement.

As the saying goes, ‘Whatever you are, be a good one.

 

If you can communicate well in English you can explain your ideas to others in ways that make sense and are easy to understand. You’ll be able to tell your supervisor what you need to do your job well. You’ll also be able to talk with co-workers to make sure you’re all working together for the benefit of the company and its customers. English is required for communicating in a variety of professional fields including: business, information technology, science, medicine, aviation, entertainment, radio, diplomacy and more.

So, if you have a good command over English, your opportunities for a well-paid and interesting career increase manifold. You’ll be able to work for, or deal with, international companies and organizations around the globe, which in turn may lead to opportunities to travel and broaden your outlook. English, when spoken with confidence and finesse, not only adds to the charisma, but also helps one accomplish their personal professional goals.

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Simple Approach To Improve Vocabulary

“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker”

– Henry Hazlitt

 

Improve Vocabulary

 

Words play a vital role in communication. When it comes to the choice of words in a sentence it isn’t easy to be perfect all the time. Most of the English language learners complain that they fall short of words when they speak, whereas, some people even say that it is a challenge for them to remember or recall the words when they are in a conversation. But majority of the learners confront problems related to building a bank of words. Thus, it’s pertinent to only only learn and improve vocabulary, but also to retain the words long enough to use it in conversations.

Well, now imagine, how you would feel if you had a magical potion that would solve all the vocabulary problems?

We always give ideas or suggestions to language learners to build the word power. And, Yes! The most popular ideas suggested to the learners are reading a newspaper, magazine or a book.

Understand, not everyone in this world likes caffeine. Some people are addicted to water too. Let us keep it simple. Reading doesn’t work for all. So we need another method that works for all.

 

The Approach

Vocabulary can be built with a simple approach and that is ‘Knowledge”. Knowledge of words is important for its use. With knowledge of word, I do not mean to look up for the word in the dictionary.

Knowledge of the word includes three things:

  • Know the part of speech of the given word
  • Know the meaning of the word
  • Know if there are any synonyms of the word

 

It is definitely easy for people to use adjectives over nouns. In an English class, students were asked to pick a word and frame a sentence. Guess what were the words? The words were, ‘angry’ and ‘anger’.Majority of the students chose angry to form the sentence. Why did they choose angry? Not because they didn’t know the meaning of “Anger”. It was because it is an adjective and is easy to use whereas anger is a noun and learners found it difficult to place it in a sentence.

 

How can English language learners build and improve vocabulary?

Knowledge of the word. Get to know the part of speech of the word before its meaning. “Knowledge is power.”

Be realistic. Use the word in situations that are realistic.

To make sure that you remember all the words, it is important to use the word daily at least three times in three different sentences. But try to be as real as you can.

Reading is a great way to build your vocabulary. However, pick up books or genres that interest you. Picking up books based on popularity and likes of other people may not help much.

Look for synonyms. It is just another way to increase your knowledge and build a power bank.

 

Remember, you are gaining knowledge about words and not just simply building your vocabulary. Knowledge comes with experience and time. Be patient and keep absorbing!

 

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Importance of Intonation

“I would spend hours absorbing every intonation, every inflection – how the singer would convey a sentiment and how it would sound coming out of their head”
 -Kat Edmonson

 

Intonation

 

From the vernacular Chaucer, tragic Shakespeare, classic Eliot, romantic Keats to the likes of fictional Bhagat, it cannot be denied that English has evolved over centuries; every language does!

 

Acronyms have replaced the large stash of words and oral conversations have been substituted by texts leading to misunderstandings and conflicts among the peers. Everything might change but there is only one aspect of a language that hasn’t lost its ground — intonation.

 

In common words, Intonation refers to the rise and fall of pitch and tone of a speaker to give stress to the relevant words in order to make his speech more effective.

Many of us have stopped giving attention to the tone altogether whereas others have actually taken time out to ponder over it a bit. Simply because no matter what is the mode of communication, importance of intonation is hard to be overlooked. Hence, there is only one solution left to this, a conversation for real.

What exactly is Intonation and how is it crucial in spoken English?

 

Without intonation, our voices are flat and monotone. There is little interest generated in the audience. As a listener, the voice is bland to listen to. You tune it out. You may even fall asleep. Even if the speaker has great content, there is little desire to listen or to get passionate about the speaker’s message.

 

Without intonation, you cannot understand the speaker’s feelings and the speaker’s attitudes. Are they really happy or are they very angry? Is there something exciting happening or perhaps a surprise of some sort? Is the person confident in what they think or say, or are they unsure of what they are thinking or saying?

 

When talking over the phone, we can express emotion and intention as much through the tone of our voice as through the contents of our conversation. While most of the time we do this without even thinking, a little consideration of how we do it can help us avoid misunderstandings and improve those all-important first impressions made over the phone. Here are few things that are to be kept in mind during a conversation:

Pitch

While some people naturally have higher voices than others, and women tend to speak in a higher pitch than men, we do tend to alter our pitch to convey emotions.

Pace

This is how fast or slow your speech is. While rapid speech may indicate that the speaker is nervous or excited, a steady pace shows confidence, or reflects a topic of a more serious nature.

Power

This refers to where you place the stress in a sentence, and can change the meaning of your speech almost entirely. For example, take the sentence “I didn’t say your cooking was bad!” Depending on where you place the stress in this sentence, you can elicit an entirely different response.

Tone

Tone is the easiest giveaway when it comes to emotion. We often think of vocal tones as being warm or cold. For example, the phrase “see you later” spoken in a warm tone implies excitement at the impending reunion, whereas spoken in a cold tone it could be a clue that the speaker isn’t particularly keen on seeing you after all!

 

Whether you watch news/ movie/ documentary on TV or merely listen to a conversation on FM you can observe the intonation in people’s voice and decide for yourself whether it really makes a difference or not. It is easy for all of us to relate to the fact that almost all of us know someone who makes us laugh just because of the way he/she says something funny (intonation- getting used to the fullest) and on the other hand the funniest of jokes can’t get us to even smile (No intonation or improper use).

 

So gear up friends, practice intonation and experience the difference.

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The Art of Effective Communication

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“Communication – the human connection, is the key to personal and career success.”….Paul J. Meyer

Effective Communication

Communication is considered to be effective if the audience reaches the goal intuitively, effortlessly. In simpler terms, it means that when they are absorbing your communication, they don’t have to think about the method being used but think only about the message. On the larger canvas, it seems like a Herculean task. Delving into the intricacies of communication, the key is perception of situation.

When to make sure you communicate effectively?

Most of the communication we do in our everyday lives is quite successful. We know how to modify our behaviour and vary our approach if we start to see we aren’t getting our messages through. It may not be efficient to plan and polish all our daily communication, however, the need of effective communication is the most while dealing with business and professional relationships.

Every time we want to communicate meaningfully, consider the two important elements: the audience and the goal. One should clearly define both within the context of communication. The reason is that different audiences require different approaches in order to get them to the desired goals. If one manages to bring the audience to the desired goal, it can be inferred that the communication was successful and effective.

Effective Communication Skills

1.Be an Enthusiastic and Good listener

Although people think that they are listening when the other person is talking, the time, actually is being utilized in planning what to reply.

Therefore, an extra effort is required to listen to what the other person says and then come up with the desired response. This is an attribute of a good and keen listener.

2. Understanding Others’ Point of View

In most of the communication, we desire ourselves to be heard and understood.  If an effort is sincerely put to see through the other party’s point of view, ours can also be explained in a lucid and relevant manner.

3.Use Mirror and Match technique

Adapt to their body language and feelings. Pay special attention to their nonverbal communication. Observe the body language and posture, inflection and choice of words. Now, customize your words, body language, and voice tone to match what has been observed.

4.Use the right lexical resources

Use words like “we, us, we’re, our, and ourselves” to instantly build a bond. These words foster a common goal or concern.

5. Compromise if necessary

With a trait to win arguments, we aim to win. Communication is not about winning, it’s about getting things done.

6. Take Time-Out if Necessary

Sometimes, we need to take a break in the middle of the discussion. If the communication is intensive, ineffective communication pattern can surface. On noticing such patterns, take a break and then continue constructively.

Become a skilled communicator

If we take the time to work on our communication skills by focusing on some of the points mentioned above, we can definitely improve our ability to connect with people from all walks of life, at work and in social circles. Choose the techniques that fit best with our personality and our motives, when we interact with people.

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” ~Lee Iacocca

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Saying the Dreadful “NO” Effectively

EnglishMate: How to say NO effectively

 

It seems to be a cumbersome task to say no to any person. Most of us face trouble while saying “No”, especially to our seniors. There may be cultural, gender, social, religious, or institutional pressure to conform and please. Often there’s a fear of rejection, a desire to avoid confrontation, or guilt over hurting others’ feelings. However, it’s important to say “no” when necessary, in order to protect our boundaries and maintain one’s own priorities. Saying ‘no’ may sound rude, like you’re rejecting the person. There’s a negative connotation to it or they may even feel they won’t be liked or will be perceived as uncaring and unhelpful. As a result, people usually go the path of least potential conflict and comply with others. If people do say ‘no’, they usually do it in ineffective ways that come with an excuse. To be effective in saying ‘no’, the first step in learning the dynamics involved in it.

1. Say It

Don’t beat around the bush or offer weak excuses or hem and haw. Don’t delay or stall either. Provide a brief explanation .The less said the better- This is the best possible way.

2. Be Assertive and Courteous

You might say, “I’m sorry I can’t right now but will let you know when and if I can.” This approach is polite, and puts you in a position of power by changing the dynamic. You’re taking charge, telling people you’ll let them know when and if you can.

3. Understanding Tactics

Many people and organizations use manipulation techniques, do not get intimidated by their manipulative ways. Be prudent in understanding people’s tactics and not to give into social pressure.

4. Set Boundaries

We need to evaluate our relationships and understand our role within the relationship dynamics. After understanding the concept of relationship dynamics, we usually acquire a position of authority and confidently say “No”.

5. Be Selfish

Put your needs first. If you prioritize that person’s needs over yours, you’ll find your productivity will suffer and resentment will mount. An unhappy you would turn unproductive and cranky.

 

Simple “no” scripts that you can tweak into your bit of conversation

1. “Let me think about it.”

2. “The idea sounds great! It’s just that … “

3. “I can’t today. How about [insert new schedule]?”

4. “I’m sorry, but I can’t.”

5. I ‘m going to say no for now. I would let you if there is a change….

6. I ‘m not able to commit to that right now…..

One should not hold back from saying ‘no’ as we have to be true to ourselves, our convictions, and our priorities. So saying ‘no’ is perfectly fine…..

 

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Preparing for Job Interview / Campus Placement

Preparing for job interview

“How do you stand out from the competition? Well, the answer is simple –Have something that others don’t”

 

Getting through a job interview or campus placement is an uphill task. It requires preparation and practice to outshine other candidates. These tips below will ease your process of preparing for job interviews / campus placement.

 

1. Go Back to The Scratch

A lot of candidates tend to ignore this, but the most important thing in your selection process is going to be your knowledge of topics – that you’ve studied over the last 2-3 years. All your efforts will unfortunately end up in smoke if you lack the basic knowledge of the subjects.

 

2. Aptitude Test

This is where the first elimination will begin – the aptitude test. Lots of students fear the aptitude test. Don’t worry because it’s a piece of cake to crack an aptitude test-  all it takes is practice!  Just keep practicing and increase your chances of moving on to the next step.

 

3. Written & Spoken English

Like it or not, but the Indian job markets demand people who can speak and write correct English. Unfortunately – very few people pay attention to their communication skills. If you think you need to sharpen your English speaking/writing skills; then NOW is the time to do it. It’s going to help you in your entire career. The bitter truth is that a lot of people get rejected because they can’t communicate or express themselves.

 

4. Interview (HR)

If you think that clearing aptitude and technical rounds ensures that you’re selected, then wait a minute – many times, overconfident candidates get rejected in HR interviews. So take HR interviews seriously!

But that doesn’t mean you should have a serious expression on your face. All you’re expected in an HR interview is to be yourself, have a smiling face, don’t be overconfident or super excited about the things. Don’t overdo anything!

 

5. Pick Your Favorite Subject / Topic

Interviewers make their job easier by asking you to talk about your favorite subject. Now, you should really be very well prepared to handle interview question. Once you tell the interviewers your favorite topic/ subject; expect a few questions related to it.

 

6. Come up with your Showcase Portfolio

How do you stand out from the competition? Well, the answer is simple –“Have something that others don’t” If you are looking for an IT job; why not work on a few pet software development projects on your own and list them on your resume?

 

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Conquer your Fear of English Speaking

Why fear English

 

Claustrophobia. Acrophobia. Hydrophobia. Most of us are afraid of something or the other. While some of us manage to get rid of our anxieties and fears with time, rest of us avoid coming face to face with our greatest fears throughout our lives. Surprisingly many of us, whether we accept it or live in denial, are extremely afraid of English. We constantly remain aware of our inability to speak or write well in English and thus keep looking for easy escapes.

 

How can you conquer your fear of English language ?

 

The very first step to battle any sort of fear is to first invite it at your doorstep. Why wait for your fear to turn up at your windowpane one morning and sneak into your house? Why not confront it and turn the cards in your favor?

So, no running away! Why would you run away from yourself anyway? The greatest fear lies right in your eyes and if you look closely at your image in the mirror, you shall come to realize that this fear has actually been a mere illusion. It’s needed on your part to come out of the shell woven by illusionary threads and step forward.

English is not only a language but also a way of life in today’s globalized world and must be treated as an integral part of life. After you cross the very first obstacle of confronting your fear, your next step should be to build strategies to eliminate the fear.

“Apart from taking English classes, you also require to spend some time introspecting.”

 

How essential is learning English for you? The moment you answer this question, things begin to fall into place. Do not impose the language upon yourself because that in the end shall bring back the fear. Learn to live English. Learn to love English. Allow English to seep into every bit of your existence.
Once you accept English as an inseparable part of your life, English shall scare you no more! Listen to some fine English music. Pick any artist of your choice and hum along the lyrics.While you travel in the metro or sit in the office alone for a couple of minutes, flip through the pages of an English newspaper. When you’re tired and need a break at home on a lazy afternoon, download an English movie. The moment you feel the urge to be heard, make pen your weapon and put down your thoughts in English on a piece of paper.
What is important is to nurture English, not as a language but as your very own child. You must learn and grow with it. You must learn and grow through it.

Why fear English? Why not befriend it and turn from foes to best of friends?

 

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Debate: You Win Some, You Lose Some

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History has it, no leader in the world politics has reigned ever without defeating his rival in a war of words. Former president of the United States of America Barack Obama once said, “When students participate in debates, they learn to study issues in depth and form perspectives, a skill I use everyday.”

 

Let’s talk about some tips which will help you to not only speak your mind but also win the game :

 

  • Know your audience

Well, isn’t it true in all spheres? You play a hip hop song for a set of old men and women, no one is going to dance to the tune, let alone enjoy it. Same holds true for any argument. Until you know your listeners well, your debate won’t see a rising shine. Young Fellows, share examples from daily life; adults, show research; and by any means your audience is all about academicians, you go ahead and prove your mettle by displaying your analytical skills.

In short, give the audience what they are looking for.

 

  • Respect your rival

Respect and attention are two things you need to shower on your opponent. Please understand, he is just a player like you. None of your arguments should smell sarcasm or insult. It’s a gentleman’s game, so, attack their arguments, not them.

While doing so, don’t lose a word he says. An ideal speaker contests each point the rival raises in the field.

 

  • It’s a debate, not a war

Remember you are not there to win over your opponent. Your target is to win over the audience and once you do that with your humor and presence of mind, no one can steal the win away from you.

 

  • Polish your style

Run through your arguments before an audience hears them. Crisp, punchy, jargon-free sentences work better than lengthy technical passages. Aim for a relaxed, conversational speaking voice and a moderate pace in your delivery. Otherwise, you risk garbling or swallowing important words or phrases, and this can hurt your score. Maintain a firm posture and good eye contact, too, at all times.

 

  • Stay calm at all times

Be prepared that there will be times when the opponent might not follow the righteous behavior. He may try to hit you below the belt. Don’t get annoyed. Do not take the ridicule to heart and never call them names. Stay calm and composed, bring a smile on your face. Your job is to refute their arguments, do that! Stick to your argument with firmness, the audience will be compelled to listen to you.

 

  • Appreciating the right

Well, let’s not undermine the talent of the rival. He is up there for a reason and he must have prepared hard enough to beat you in the game. Whenever he is right, don’t forget to appreciate him. It won’t make you weak. It takes courage to call your arch rival, “You made a good point here.” And never forget, it’s chivalrous! It will help you garner bonus points among the audience.

 

  • Things you don’t know

You are human after all! Let’s leave “knowing everything” to god. If you don’t know something, avoid lying and simply say “I don’t Know”. It’s way better than entering into an unprepared war ground. It’s human and forgivable, therefore, stress on the subjects you are well-equipped with. It makes much more sense.

 

  • Bring Change

An hour of an argument won’t change anyone’s belief in the subject, but your words will have the power to influence the listeners to think about it deeply. Your words should plant some seeds of doubt and there my friend, your job is done.

 

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Tips to Improve Body Language

Englishmate- Tips for Improving Body Language

 

 

You might be preparing for an interview, a presentation and wondering if you are ready for that. While doing so, most of the people focus more on content, audience, technical know-how and what not. To be sure about the success of your presentation or leaving a good impression during your interview, you need to take care of other important aspects as well such as body language. Body language is a part of non-verbal communication and plays an important role while communicating with someone. Let’s have a look at some of the tips to improve our body language.

1.     Body Posture

Your body communicates what you may not be aware of or a message that you don’t want to communicate. It happens when you don’t have the right posture to convey the intended meaning. Make sure you are aware of the postures you use while having conversation with someone. Try to have a comfortable posture that is neither too relaxed nor too rigid. Having a right posture makes you feel confident and formal especially during those formal meetings.

2.     Proper Eye Contact

Eye contact occurs when two people look at each other’s eyes at the same time. In human beings, eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication and is thought to have a large influence on social behavior (Wikipedia). Speaking in front of an audience without making a proper eye contact makes your audience feel ignored or neglected. Experts are of the belief that proper eye contact helps in building trust and confidence during conversations.

3.     Don’t Fiddle with Anything

People tend to get nervous when they have to strike a conversation with someone or during formal meetings. It is normally witnessed in language classes that students get nervous and start fiddling with anything they have in their hands, a pen, key etc. when they have to face an audience. The students don’t seem to be aware of it but others can easily notice the restlessness. This problem can be overcome with practice and constant monitoring of one’s hand movements.

4.      Don’t Make Faces

Your facial expressions are crucial for a successful interaction be it an interview, presentation or a general day to day conversation. You might have a habit of making certain facial expressions that can put someone off and may even result in creating a negative image of yours. Try to practice making pleasing facial expressions and get used to doing so.

5.     Learn to Smile

Smile adds to your beauty and makes it a pleasing experience for the people involved in conversation. Smiling while talking to someone can be a welcoming sign and helps continue the conversation. A good smile doesn’t cost much but adds value to your face.

If we have the other things in place and keep the above mentioned points in mind as far as body language is concerned, it will definitely help in creating a lasting impression.

 

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