Human interaction and the way we go about presenting ourselves is truly one of the only things in life we can control. We live in a time where people can make comebacks and literally start from the bottom and rise to extraordinary position. To get ahead in any manner of life involving human interaction; you need to network.
When you are speaking with someone in line at the store or a colleague from down the hall, you want to feel like what you are saying and how you are acting is accepted and understood. This level of respect that we all want has to go both ways. We must be conscious of how we appear–not our style necessarily but they way in which we engage one another.
It has been said that imitation is the best form of flattery. By reciprocating your fellow person's body language, you are signaling to them that you are on the same page and that you are comfortable. Making eye contact and allowing the other person to talk uninterrupted is all about showing respect. Leaning forward when speaking and backwards with an open posture allows for open communication.
This infographic brilliantly summarizes a few simple ways to make people more comfortable as well as giving a few tips that will make ourselves stand out as confident individuals. However, this infographic demonstrates how easy it can be to network when you use the correct mannerisms. Regardless of status, keep your head held high. [via]