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Body Language Tips for Young Professionals


We don’t spend as much time interacting face-to-face anymore. Email and text messaging are accepted modes of communication in the professional world. Young professionals level the playing field with older, more experienced people by utilizing these technologies to their advantage. They know them and how to communicate in a confident manner that portrays the level of their particular skillset. But technology will never fully replace face-to-face interactions. That’s why we continue to go to conferences, summits and other in-person functions. So what happens when young people find themselves at networking events? What happens when they need to give presentations or carry a certain level of confidence in the office?

Do young people today possess the same body language and face-to-face communication skills as the generation that preceded them?

As a former teacher who has been subject to hundreds of class presentations and as a professional who has interviewed plenty of aspiring young professionals, I don’t think so. I think the majority of them could use a course in the power of body language.

So, where should you start? Books like You Say More Than You Think, will open your eyes to your subtle movements. Joe Navarro’s What Every Body is Saying is also a fascinating read, but if you aren’t ready to commit to several hundred pages of reading just yet, start with this simple 3-step tutorial from Vanessa Van Edwards.

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