Do you feel like you are noticed when you walk into a room? The truth is you are; however, the real question is: what is the first impression that you are making? In order to have a professional presence about yourself you need to exude confidence. You don’t have to have a loud voice or an over the top outfit on to stand out, you just need to know how to communicate properly and make the right connections. Chiropractic is a profession focused on connection, and we want to be able to communicate that message with you! Below you will find some of the top techniques to think about and utilize to enhance your communication skills.
- Maintain eye contact
This allows the individual that you are interacting with know that you are actively listening to what they are saying. The appropriate amount of time to use direct eye contact is between 40-60% of the time. Another important factor to note is where your eye contact is – the most professional use of direct eye contact is to think of a triangle from the eyes to the forehead, and focus your attention there.
- Be aware of your body language
The way you hold yourself and utilize your posture says a lot about you and the energy you portray. Remember to stand tall and in a neutral position (arms at your sides) while you speak. It is okay to use your hands to talk, just be aware that when it is done too much or too large of movements are used it becomes distracting for the listener. Finally, remember to smile!
- Master your handshake
A handshake is the physical greeting that goes with our words. When you introduce yourself to another person or are responding to an introduction, have a firm, but friendly handshake. This exudes confidence as well as professionalism.
- Highlight your people skills
Small talk can be the gateway to a lasting relationship. Let the other person be the center of attention and ask them questions about themselves. By doing so, you will demonstrate that you are interested in others and what they have to say. Once the conversation has finished, they will leave thinking that you were very attentive and ultimately able to form abundant connections.
5. Proper posture
Posture is the window into the spine and nerve system, and if your posture is not balanced, then your nervous system isn’t balanced either. This makes it more difficult to connect with others if you are not well connected with yourself. Make sure you get your spine checked regularly to keep your spine, brain and nerve system as well connected as possible!
These tools will help you be more approachable in any environment. Don’t be afraid to start conversations with people, because you never know what you are going to be able to learn or teach through the connections you form.
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