Make every conversation more fruitful with these easy tweaks.

By Vanessa Van Edwards
September 08, 2016

This article originally appeared on Motto.

Many professionals often underestimate the importance of nonverbal communication. Most people plan what they’re going to say in meetings, but they completely ignore their body language—which is often half the message.

Studies have shown that 60 percent of our communication is nonverbal. When you’re not thinking of optimizing your body language, you are only using 40 percent of your communication ability.

Imagine how much more effective your next pitch or meeting with your boss could be if only you have your nonverbal communication a little attention. These seven tips can help you avoid that common mistake so you can use your body language to gain an advantage in your career.

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