Published on August 5th, 2013 | by Jose Vasquez2
4 Secrets to Great Body Language for Startup Tech Companies
Professional networking in startup tech companies is a great way to build an audience, get attention for funding, and tap new sources of potential revenue, and these four body language secrets are subtle ways to make the most of your time.
Body language is an often underestimated component of professional networking, helping to give you a possible edge when talking to someone for the first time. As an entrepreneur, you should be taking time to network in your area to learn from others, create a bit of local interest, and possibly to seek additional funding. The more connections you make, the greater your potential local impact can be.
Ivan Misner, founder of Business Networking International, emphasizes the importance of body language in such interactions in a recently published article. He highlights four major elements of body language entrepreneurs need to consider when meeting and greeting:
- Eye contact. Misner claims that eye contact is one of the first and most important signals an entrepreneur can give. Make eye contact right away, and maintain it consistently throughout the conversation.
- Arm movement. Don’t fold your arms, which is a sign of disinterest. Instead tuck them behind your back or use them to mildly gesticulate.
- Stance. Don’t lean on anything if you can help it. Stand straight and point yourself toward your conversational target.
- Facial expressions. Stay sincere and emotionally responsive. Smile often.
Remember, body language isn’t going to attract new people to your company, but it can build a very strong first impression. It’s going to take some practice before you master the art of body language, and while it may not be your top priority, it’s something you should definitely think about. Practice in a mirror to see how you look, and practice with conversational partners like friends or family.
Once you feel comfortable in the way you present yourself through body language, you can get ready for a professional networking event in your area to build connections. It’s also valuable when preparing for a presentation to potential investors or venture capitalists.
The original story on Entrepreneur can be found here