Posture – Assignment Example

What Your Body Language Says about You 05-28 It has become increasingly necessary for one to be aware of their body language and how it can be perceived. For instance, someone interviewing for a job would do well to keep from fidgeting. This type of motion distracts from the interview and it suggests boredom or anxiety, things that employers do not want in a perspective employee.
According to Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Connect, “recruiters look to nonverbal communication to gauge the enthusiasm and excitement of potential hires as well as determine candidates’ listening skills during interviews” (Jones). Employers are judging on more than just one’s answers, and being ‘fidgety’ is not something to be remembered as. This type of posture is a form of nonverbal communication.
While nonverbal communication is increasingly important to the professional world, it is also a significant means of day-to-day discussion. Most people are unaware of what their body language is saying. From oral presentations to conversations with friends and family, people will notice if you are paying attention or simply pretending. For instance, if during a conversation the listener has their head down and shoulders slumped, the speaker will assume they are not paying attention, or that they have no interest in the conversation. This could result in unwanted side affects, such as an argument.
Contrariwise, if one were to sit or stand with their attention focused on the speaker, an air of confidence and interest is projected. The speaker will be more likely to continue with no problems. Occasionally it is nonverbal communication that coveys what one is really thinking, and it is important to project the best possible posture in order to avoid miscommunication.
Citations
Jones, Jane Redfern. “Stand and Deliver.” Nursing Standard 18 October 2006: 64. EBSCOhost. Academic Search Premiere. Web. 27 May 2010.