What Is Your Body Language Saying To You?

What Is Your Body Language Saying About You?


We’ve all heard about how important it is to pay attention to what our body language, or non-verbal communications are saying to others. What we forget to take into account is what our non-verbal communications are saying to ourselves. Body language isn’t simply a form of communication; it can also affect our thoughts, our feelings, and our physiology.


Your body, yourself

You may not realize it, but your body language can influence your feelings of power and dominance. For example, when people stretch out and take up space, like leaning back with their legs outstretched and their hands behind their heads, it creates a feeling of dominance. Raising their arms up into the air like runners do when they finish a race, creates a feeling of power.


Conversely, when people feel powerless they make themselves smaller. They wrap their arms around themselves, cross their ankles, or hunch over.


It’s been established that how you carry yourself or hold yourself in any given moment has a direct correlation with how you feel, and assuming powerful, confident postures can make you feel more powerful.


How powerful people are physiologically different

Powerful people are generally more confident, more prone to see the bright side even in negative situations, and they’re more apt to take risks. Physiologically they’re different too. Powerful people have higher levels of testosterone – the dominance hormone, and coritsol –the hormone that gives you the ability to mitigate stress. So the questions are, can your body postures affect your hormones? If so, does it take years of practice?


The answer to the first question is, yes, your body posture can affect your hormones. And no, it doesn’t take years of practice to see results. You can actually see results by adopting power poses for a couple of minutes a day.


Increase your power through power poses

A power pose like standing with your legs about a hip width apart and your hands on your hips, or sitting with your legs extended in front of you while leaning back with your hands behind your neck can increase your levels of testosterone and coritsol.


You can use power poses to recharge your power levels during the day, or before a job interview, before giving a speech, before a sales call, or before an important meeting,


Even if it feels like holding power poses is faking power, do it anyway, because while you’re faking it you’re also forging a path for yourself to make it.


As Amy Cuddy says in the amazing Ted Talk, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,  “Don’t fake it till you make it, fake it till you become it.”


Working Together For Success

Working Together For Success


Your relationship with your coworkers is just like any other relationship, takes work, commitment and determination. Just like family, you can’t always choose your coworkers. Some of them might drive you a little crazy, but if you want to succeed you’ll have to figure out how to work with one another. According to Henry Ford, success comes after you have come together, kept together and found a way to work together.

Coming Together

You’ve probably heard of the “honeymoon period” for people in relationships. Everything is great and awesome and everyone likes each other. The same thing happens when someone new is hired, or you start a new job. Things are looking great and you’re getting along with your new coworkers just fine. This is just the beginning. Coming together is arguably the easiest part.

Keeping Together

Once that honeymoon period is over, it’ll be harder to keep things running smoothly. Little things your coworkers do that you didn’t notice before will start to wear on your nerves. You might find misunderstandings happen more frequently and that your work suffers as a result. Keeping together means working through these issues and finding resolutions. That’s progress.

Working Together

Once you’ve found ways to understand one another and support one another then you can start to work together. Working together comes as everyone starts to focus on the common goal of the business. As Henry Ford points out, it’s not an easy stage to get to in a relationship, be it with your coworkers or otherwise. But once you’re there, you’ll find success.

To Your Own Self Be True

To Your Own Self Be True


If you’re trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, you’d be best to figure out what makes you tick first. Knowing your personality is a great way to find jobs and industries that will suit you best. But how do you dissect your personality?


Personality Tests

There are a number of different systems and ways to look at your personality; one of the most common is called Myers-Briggs. Myers-Briggs is a personality test that many companies use to determine the personality of their employees. It measures your preference in different categories, like whether you’re introverted or extroverted. There are a number of places you can take the test, including 16 Personalities which has a free version.


Myers-Briggs assigns you four different letters for your personality. Once you have the four letters of your personality, you’ll be able to look online and see what a variety of sources say about your personality and what role that will play in your career choice. For instance: some people are best when working with rational things and making non-emotional decisions, so things that involve math and numbers may be suited for them. Other people thrive on working in busy workplaces with lots of people, so they might look for work where they constantly interact with others.


Business Insider has a great breakdown of the 16 separate personality types and what jobs might be best suited for each. If you’re introverted, chances are you don’t want a job where you have to be in the midst of crowds all day.


Personality guidelines

To be clear, these personality tests and their suggestions aren’t guarantees. They offer interesting guidelines and ideas for what the right job for you could be. In the end, you should aim to work at something that makes you happy and that fulfills you no matter what. Personality tests simply offer a possibility of narrowing down that search.


One thing remains true, to find a job you like, you have to have an understanding of yourself first.

Before, During, And After Your Interview

Before, During, And After Your Interview

You’ve got a job interview coming up – fantastic! You probably have heard all kinds of tips regarding what to do during the interview, but the interview itself is only one part of your preparations. You also need to prepare pre-interview and then there are the things you need to do post interview. Here are a few general tips for what you need to do at each stage of the interview process.


Pre-Interview Preparations

If you didn’t already do your homework on the company during the application process you had better make sure you are fully acquainted with them by the time you step through the door for the interview. Read their website, check out what they’re posting on all their social media channels. Know what they’re up to and the sort of culture they probably have.


Make sure you have a couple of copies of your resume in a manila envelope to keep it looking fresh and professional.


Take the time to turn your cell phone off. You absolutely don’t want it ringing during your interview. Even if you don’t answer it the noise is still a distraction that ruins the flow of the conversation and throws an unprofessional light on you.


Check your travel times. Build in an extra twenty minutes so there’s no risk of running late no matter what the traffic is doing.


During the Interview


No matter how you’re feeling about yourself or your chances at this interview make sure you look the part of a confident, consummate professional. Maintain eye contact, square your shoulders and smile as if this is the easiest thing in the world for you.


You know they’re going to ask you to tell them about yourself, so practice what you’re going to say beforehand. You’ve heard of the elevator pitch right? Well that’s what you need to create about yourself. Who you are what makes you tick, highlighted skills or accomplishments in about a minute.


Stay positive. Even if they ask about your previous job and you left because your boss was a jerk find some way of framing your answer in a positive light. Find something good to say about the company or your co-workers.


Provide examples. It’s easy to say I’m good at X,Y,Z. What will make you a stand out candidate is the way you back up your statements. Give quantifiable examples of how you used your skills to improve something or help someone, or, increase profitability. For example, I implemented a new workflow system that improved the admins team performance by 20%. Help the interviewer imagine what a great asset you will be for their company.


Interview Follow-up


Always send a thank you note following the interview. Thank them for their time and their consideration and reiterate a point discussed in the interview. Emailing the thank you is acceptable, but a hand written note is still the most meaningful

The Road To Success

The Road To Success


No matter how much we dream about it, or hope for it or cross our fingers, success, neither personal nor professional, is unlikely to just waltz into our lives. When we hear success stories of those around us, it’s easy to focus on the results and not the work that went into it. The only way to find “success” without hard work is by winning the lottery and we all know how likely that is.


However as illustrated by this quote from Arthur L. Williams, Jr. through, diligent, dedicated, hard work, success will find you. Transitioning from the ranks of having very little to the ranks of billionaire, Art Williams knows a few things about hard work and worth it!


Art Williams

Art Williams is a billionaire Insurance Executive who founded Primerica, the largest independent financial services marketing organization in North America, as of 2011. Williams’ start in insurance can be traced back to the moment his father passed away of a heart attack. His father’s life insurance policy left the family under-insured and with little money.


Art’s father had tried to do the right thing and it didn’t work. Art Williams was going to find a way to help insure others didn’t have to go through the same thing his family did. He was going to find a way to help low-to-middle income families afford insurance while also investing and saving their money. He focused on a different kind of insurance policy called “term life insurance”. Today, Primerica has over 90,000 representatives.


Worth It

When you start out on your path, you can be sure of one thing.  Achieving your goals won’t be easy. There will be small and large successes along the way along with failures and setbacks so daunting you’ll just want to give up. However once you get to the finish line, and if you keep working, you will get there, you’ll look back on the obstacles you overcame and all the effort that went into your success, you’ll agree it was all worth it.