“One thing about cohesion and collaboration is you want to draw people in, and you can do that with your body language,” said Cobb. Gauging people, showing them that you are listening and you want to hear what they have to say starts at the head. Impassive facial expressions or robotic movements send a very different impression. “If I tilt (my head) on occasion and nod, then I'm encouraging you to share ideas. I'm encouraging you to talk to me.”
Cobb, who regularly conducts keynote presentations and executive training programs on nonverbal communication and leadership, went on to say that when there are people who are somewhat unresponsive in your meeting, consider using an underused technique — smiling. “People don’t realize the value of a smile. Again, if you're sharing information and ideas, you're going to stop if you get the impression that what you say is not important to me or what you have to say I don't value,” Cobb stated using a stoic facial expression, “verses if I smile on occasion, because that's showing that I'm with you. I see what you're talking about, please continue.”
More techniques shared by Blanca Cobb on creating engagement in the workplace can be seen on the show which aired Friday, April 25 on the CBS affiliate by visiting http://www.wfmynews2.com/
Check out all of Cobb’s body language segments with WFMY News 2 by going to www.wfmynews2.com and entering “Blanca Cobb” in the search bar.
Learn more about Blanca and the coaching, corporate and keynote programs she offers at www.blancacobb.com.
About Blanca Cobb
Blanca Cobb, founder and CEO of TruthBlazer, LLC, and senior instructor at the Body Language Institute in Washington, D.C., is an internationally recognized body language and nonverbal communications expert who uses her behavior analysis expertise and psychology background to help others break down the complexities of interpersonal, multi-generational and multi-ethnic communication.
An in-demand media guest, keynote speaker, author and communications coach, Blanca has been featured on HLN’s Dr. Drew On-Call, Good Morning America, CNN, USA Today, CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC affiliates as well as radio programs across the nation and quoted in the New York Daily News, The Root, Veja and Cosmopolitan magazines.
Blanca has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Learn more about Blanca, the corporate and keynote programs she offers, and view clips of her latest media appearances at www.blancacobb.com.
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