Teen Body Language: Make the Right Impression We’ve all heard the phrase “Actions speak louder than words,” but have you ever thought about your body language and what it’s really saying about you? Anything from the way you stand to whether or not you make eye contact with someone is known as body language. Just as you should think about the words you say before you speak them, you should also pay attention to the way you carry yourself — it could say more about you than you realize. Eye Contact Eye contact is one of the most important things in establishing a relationship with someone right off the bat. Whether it’s a potential boss at a job interview, a good friend or your crush, making and keeping eye contact shows that you’re interested in the conversation and that you’re paying attention. However, that doesn’t mean you should look like you’re in a staring contest with everyone you talk to! Just try to not let your eyes wander during a conversation. Try your best — no matter how awkward it might seem — to make and keep natural eye contact throughout a conversation. Eye contact also applies to using your phone or other items that can remove your focus from the conversation. When having a face-to-face conversation, keep your phone in your pocket or your purse until you have finished the conversation. This shows you care about the other person and will mean a lot to your relationship. Crossed Arms Although you might not mean it, crossing your arms can be taken as a sign of defensiveness or impatience. Even if it is your natural, comfortable position, most people tend to react better to those with more of an “open” body stature because it seems approachable. Posture Keeping a good posture shows confidence — without having to say a word! Bring your shoulders back, keep your head held high and walk straight. There’s nothing better than people noticing your confidence from the very first time they meet you. Head Nod When you speak to people, take note of how your head moves. Pay attention to what happens and how the other person reacts. If you find yourself making quick, snappy head nods (or no movements at all), it’s usually a sign of disinterest. Slow, deep nods usually note that you’re genuinely interested in the subject or the person. Try it out and see what your natural reaction is during conversations. The real lesson out of all of this is to be aware of how you carry yourself. You could be telling people more than you think! So keep your head held high, maintain eye contact, and engage in good, quality conversation. It will help you in your relationships and learn more about other people! Find out what your body language says about you by taking this quiz! Learn how your body language can say things you don’t want to say — or even mean.