Avoid These 7 Nonverbal Expressions on Zoom

People know what you’re thinking just by observing your movements and mannerisms. And, this is true even if you aren’t working in a traditional office. We give off unconscious gestures all the time, and most of them are nonverbal.

And believe it or not, these nonverbal expressions could be hurting your career. 

The next time you’re in a remote video call, pay attention to your facial expressions and nonverbal gestures to make sure they are not secretly hurting your career. 

Raising or lowering your brow.

Furrows are little wrinkles in your forehead, often caused by raising your eyebrows. And, it’s a nearly universal sign that you’re either confused or worried.  

Shaking your head no.

In some contexts, shaking no is perfectly acceptable. But in others, it can be perceived as a condescending reaction to something that you don’t like. 

Always looking elsewhere.

If you never look at the camera, that’s a clear sign that you’re probably not paying attention. 

Tightening the lips.

People can usually pick out fake smiles. When we smile with tight or hidden lips, we unconsciously express displeasure or dishonesty. 

Biting your lips.

If you bite your lips before speaking or giving an answer to a question, you’re nonverbally communicating to other people that you’re about to say something that you don’t believe. 

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