Communication Mantra: Improve Your Body Language

Body Language speaks volumes about an individual’s overall persona. In most job interviews, it is the body language of the candidate, which is given paramount importance. A lax body language makes a negative impression and shows an acute lack of confidence. Body Language is an important aspect of communication and has a lot of prominence because:

  • It influences peoples’ opinion of you
  • It is a form of non-verbal communication
  • It can reveal if a person is lying to you

Body Language can be categorized into different segments, like:

  • Open
  • Eager
  • Dominant
  • Frustrated
  • Defensive
  • Bored
  • Confident
  • Aggressive
  • Nervous

This write-up has a few useful tips that will go a long way in helping you make a favorable impression and gain confidence. The major areas that one can focus upon include:

Facial Expressions
Facial expressions can convey a message, which words cannot. Facial expressions are an effective means of visual communication and should not be neglected. Of all the facial expressions, a smile is the most powerful expression. A smile conveys warmth & confidence and creates a pleasant impression.

Maintain Eye Contact
Eye Contact is the most important aspect of a favorable body language and indicates that the person is attentive. In the West, a prolonged eye contact is favorable and a part of communication etiquette. However, one must avoid a prolonged eye contact, as it signals intimidation.

An open posture is highly advisable, when in a conversation, as it indicates an inviting posture. To make a favorable first impression, uncross your legs, unfold your arms, and ensure that the body is facing the other person. This indicates that you are interested in the conversation and paying attention.

Finally, it is imperative to have a relaxed yet attentive demeanor, which indicates that you are comfortable around someone and with yourself as well. These tips will help you communicate effectively with others and make you more confident at the same time for making the right impression on others.

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Some Tips To Develop A Personal Mission Statement

You need to have laser sharp focus to stand out in the crowd and make a purposeful & significant contribution to build a higher potential for success. Many business owners and managers have spent valuable time to create organizational mission statements. However, very few have gone through this process on a more individual or personal level to showcase the focus in their professional life. Your personal mission statement should be succinct and clear. Here are five suggestions to help you write a personal mission statement:

  • Reserve some uninterrupted time to think through and write the statement. Allocate at least an hour or so away from the distractions of home and work to reflect on where you are and where you want to be. Realize that the feeling of true success comes when you have a balanced lifestyle of success, family, friends, true happiness, personal health and fulfillment.
  • Identify your main purpose in life. This can be done by answering the following questions.
    1. What do you believe your primary purpose on this earth is?
    2. How will you be able to achieve this, based on how you live your life?
    3. How will you empower yourself and others with the vision behind your mission?
    4. What qualities or attributes do you admire in others and wish to embody in yourself?
    5. What principles can you learn from other successful people that could benefit you most in your work?

Use a journal to record your answers to these questions as you explore and discover who you are and what’s most important to you.

  • Gather your thoughts and apply your action plan
    1. What are the five goals you are committed to achieving in your work in the next year? In the next five years and in the next ten years?
    2. What specific actions do you need to take in the next year to achieve your one-year mission? Your five-year mission? Your ten-year mission?Now, take a close look at your action plan, primary purpose, empowering vision and the right principles.
  • Once you’re created your draft version, continue working on your mission statement by seeking input from others who can help you refine your ideas.

Seek out the essential elements of your life that are necessary to write your personal mission statement. Use your mission statement as a tool to guide you. Keep it within your reach and visible at all times to enforce it in your life and make it a possibility.

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Effectiveness of Aptitude tests

If you love the job you are in or work with lot of interest then your professional life becomes smooth. You love your work only when you are efficient in doing it and then only you can enjoy it thoroughly. So, it is important to identify your strengths and skills to get into the right job. Also, in the world where the competition is getting tougher day by day, it become mandatory to assess your abilities so as to identify the career best suited for you.

How can you assess your abilities?
It can be done with the help of aptitude tests. Most of the schools, private coaching centers, and counseling centers conduct aptitude tests.

What are aptitude tests?
They are self-assessment tests taken by a person in order to acknowledge his/her abilities and skills. These help in assisting the candidate to select right kind of career for them. Aptitude tests are framed by experts who understand the human psychology.

Aptitude tests throw light on your:

  • Personality type and traits: let you know whether you are an extrovert or an introvert?
  • General Attitude: Lets you know how spontaneous you are and how you react to given situations.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Aptitude tests help you to judge your interpersonal skill, which is very important to know for selection of right career.
  • Inherent abilities: Everyone is gifted with some or the other talents that you might not have noticed. With the help of these tests those skills emerge out.
  • Mental capabilities: lets you know whether you are creative, good at calculations, etc.

Mental capabilities: lets you know whether you are creative, good at calculations, etc.

Benefits of taking aptitude tests :- This is what everyone wishes to know that what benefits we gain by taking aptitude tests.

  • It helps you identify your strengths and skills
  • Helps you examine your natural preferences
  • Helps you work on your weak areas
  • Helps you enter the appropriate career

Easy process
A series of questions are asked covering various aspects like hobbies, areas of interest, questions on certain situations, etc. People usually think that aptitude tests are difficult to solve. NO, it is a wrong notion; you don’t have to prepare for it. You just have to honest and answer spontaneously Thus our write up must have given you strong reasons to go and take up these aptitude tests and get into a job best suited for you.

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