Whether you are attending a networking event, pitching investors for funding, or meeting your future mother-in-law for the first time your non-verbal communication will speak volumes. You will certainly want to understand the importance of body language when forming first impressions. It’s been proposed that it only takes 7 seconds to make a great first impression. A lot of the things that influence and signal a great first impression during these 7 seconds are your non-verbal cues.
Non-verbal communication has been in practice for thousands of years and will likely never be fully replaced by the spoken word. Body language can be used to convey a message by itself or support what’s being said verbally. Both in business and in life, you will need to have the skills to communicate effectively.
These non-verbal signals can become magnified during networking events and include:
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Dwight Grant is a seasoned businessman with over 30 years of leadership experience. He lives in CO where he enjoys whitewater rafting, mountain biking and spending time with family.