Body Language Tricks for any Stressful Situation

Business How To’s

03 November 2016

Body Language Tricks for any Stressful Situation

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

Whether or not you have read books like ‘How to read a person like a book’ or ‘Body Language for Dummies’, you know that your non-verbal cues have a lot to add to your physical speech. In a meeting, pitch presentation or even friendly debate, your body language determines how much impact you create and what people feel and think about you. But more importantly, it is about how you feel about yourself before you appear for any such stress situations.

Leading social psychologist and lecturer Amy Cuddy in a TED Talk said, “Fake it till you become it.”

What does that mean?

Our mind influences how our body behaves. But like a palindrome, it spells the exact same way even if you turn it around. When your body fakes confidence no matter how nervous and subordinate you are feeling, there is a strong chance that you internalize that confidence eventually. Fake it in all your stressful situations and you may be surprised to observe that you have stopped feeling subordinate or under-confident at all.

Here are few things you can do before and after any situation to create an impact through your body language:

Before the situation:

Usually before a meeting, presentation or interview, the waiting period is spent slouching and predicting the kind of questions you will be asked in your head. Instead, you can focus your energy on the following:

  • An open posture:Leaders have an open posture whether they are sitting or standing. Don’t slouch or play with your phone, hands or papers. Slouching and restlessness are signs of subordination and nervousness. Take your space. Sit still with a straight neck and read a newspaper if the waiting period is long.
  • Practise a power pose in the bathroom mirror:A power pose is one which all leaders use to appear powerful and impactful. The most famous one is what has been famously referred to as the ‘Wonder Woman Pose’ where you stand up tall, place both your hands on your waist and keep ample distance between your legs. This pose makes you feel strong and powerful and helps you be the best version of yourself during the presentation.

During the situation:

Your body language as you enter, talk or exit is extremely important. It needs to showcase your personality, strength, knowledge and determination perfectly. Do this to achieve the same:

  • As opposed to common belief, smile less:It is definitely true that smiling more can gain you friends. But it is seen as a sign of submission. You are here to make a point and create an impact, not make friendly banter. Here is a practical tip you can use for any situation: while entering, enter with a small smile that becomes larger as you take centre stage.
  • Give a firm handshake-If it is a meeting with a small group, shake everybody’s hands firmly before sitting down. Most politicians and leaders try to get their hand over the others’ to establish their dominance. If two equal partners are shaking hands, the hands are on par.
  • After sitting down, steeple-Steepling can make you seem authoritative and intellectual. It is a very famous power pose that you can use in the meeting room, board room or during any presentation. To steeple, you bring your hands up to your chest and join the tips of your fingers together.
  • Use your hands wisely-Hand gestures are a great way to be remembered. But the wrong use of hand gestures can make you seem clumsy and un-coordinated. Use them as an aid to explain your speech better. While giving out numbers, show them on your fingers. When talking about something important to you, press your hand against your heart or gesture towards your chest area. Match your actions to your words rather than doing an endless routine of confused hand gestures that do not hold meaning or contribute to your speech.
  • Don’t point- Among rude and aggressive gestures, pointing ranks quite high. Point with open hands to appear polite and authoritative.
  • Eye Contact- The amount of eye contact required is very important. Too much and you might appear strange, too little and you might appear suspicious. You should have eye contact for 60% of the conversation, especially while speaking.
  • Tone- Lower tones are usually perceived as trustworthy and authoritative. Keep your pitch and tone low and take effective pauses in your speech to create an impact on your audience.

Learn to dodge your stress with these simple body language tricks. Find your inspiration by choosing shared office spaces in Qutab, New Delhi or co-working spaces in Andheri East, Mumbai.

7 Types Of Colleagues Found In Every Successful Organization

Business How To’s

25 August 2021

7 Types Of Colleagues Found In Every Successful Organization

  • Posted by awfis

A dynamic enterprise usually thrives on a cocktail full of spunky personalities. Each brings in their unique talents and habits that fit like perfect pieces in a puzzle. From the sassy boss to the clingy colleague, here’s some types that you are bound to bump into…

1. The compulsive foodie(s)

Instead of clients, this one’s got all the city’s restaurants on speed dial. From Domino’s to the latest hotspot in town, their peckish appetite will ensure that there’s plenty food circulating all around office. Whether, you’ve got random board meetings or your team’s working at odd hours – you’ll never be hungry ever.

2. The witty assassin

This one will ‘slay’ you more lethally than Beyonce or Eminem ever will.  Come hell or sunshine, he or she’s got the perfect comeback for every painful person and situation. Known for having their fair share of haters, they’re also true entertainers. But, it’ll do you good to remember that it’s a war of words that’s not worth playing….

3. The jack-of-all trades

From sweet talking to https://www. to executing any kind of project – you name it & it is done.  This breed seldom takes no for an answer.  Whatever is touched turns to gold and they will leave you wondering how it got done. If you need a helping hand, an insightful shrink, or someone to walk your dog, rest assured you can depend on this pro multi-tasker with your eyes shut!

4. The road runner

This famous few will be on their toes, always on the phone, pretending to be busier than the Kardashians.  Your’re more likely to see them at the office door as a permanent fixture. All the worlds’ people know this person and this social butterfly is likely to know everyone. Constantly on the move, you’ll need this PR pro to take your business to places.

5. The tech geek

You’ll always find this genius, behind a bunch of wires, computers and applications. Broke a light bulb, had a short-circuit or you found your desktop suddenly crashed… Fret not. Dexter’s got the perfect fix. Quiet and demure, he probably takes pride in being faster than a normal computer. But, if you’re a know-it-all, then you might not like this mister…

6. The swear champion

This person believes in pure tough love. Yeah, ouch! When the pressure builds up and clients turn demanding, then be sure to hear a spew of gushing swears. Whether it’s loud and clear or below the belt, this one is feared and they sure know how to get work done. Tip: They are usually in positions of power and you’d rather never cross the line with them

7. The constant complainer

This one’s a problem magnet. Even on the brightest day where there’s plenty of reason to rejoice, this type loves telecasting their worries. This includes the coffee machine, that might have broken down or the weather that suddenly turned rotten – there’s always something to say. However, their minute observation constantly keeps you in check and hey! Be assured that you’ll get plenty feedback for the tiniest things on agenda.

But whether you like it or not… take each of these types with a pinch of salt, because they make for the big brains and even bigger learning curves…

Things Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Pursuit of Happyness

Business How To’s

25 August 2021

Things Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Pursuit of Happyness

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Pursuit of Happyness is an iconic movie which was released in 2006. It has been 10  years since it released, but never fails to inspire the viewer. It fills the person with a determination to fight for their dreams irrespective of the hindrances that come along.

Based on a true story of Chris Gardner, a man who loses everything , but manages to get everything because of his perseverance. They show how Chris and his son battle a period of homelessness selling medical bone density scanners while being enrolled in an internship as a stock broker.

pursuit_of_happyness poster

Here are the important things that every entrepreneur can take from the movie:

1. Be ready for extreme hardships:

We’ve seen in the movie that Chris Gardner goes through numerous hardships. Whether it comes to selling his bone density scanners or taking up an internship while managing to take care of his son and provide for him. He doesn’t lose his determination even when everything seems bleak. It’s important not to give up and go on and try to overcome the problems that we come across, daily.

2. Aim for the stars

Always aim high! Believe in yourself and everything can be conquerable. Chris Gardner took a chance and went for an option of interning as a stockbroker where only one person at the end would be given a job! He took a chance when the odds were against him and proved that all you need is an opportunity to achieve things when you set your heart at it.

3. Put In all the effort

When you want to achieve something make sure you give your best shot. A half hearted attempted is a good as not giving it a try. Chris Gardner has many close calls, where anyone else would have given up. He even fixes a bone density scanner at the homeless shelter to make the ends meet.  He has proved that if one wants anything eagerly in life, they should work as if their life depends on it.

4. Never let anyone’s judgement cloud your decision

Do not forget to believe in yourself, even if everyone gives up on you. Your decisions should be made on the basis of your logic and intuition rather than someone else’s judgement. Chris does not give up on the internship even when his wife leaves him. Instead he gets even more determined to succeed. Listen to your heart and no one else’s opinion. Immerse yourself in your dream idea!

5. Never show signs of weakness

Always show your strengths. The moment you do that, everything will fall into place. Fear is the toxin, hope and belief is the antidote. Chris always greeted everyone on a positive note and did not even flinch when he has to shell out his last 5$ to pay for executives cab fare. Quick thinking and how you transform your weaknesses into strengths is what matters eventually.

Chris Gardner’s remarkable achievements show that no matter how many obstacles you face, the rules for success are the same for everyone. If you follow the rules, no matter how difficult it gets, you will reap the reward of your own “Pursuit of Happyness.”

5 Effective Strategies to Market Your Freelance Career

Business How To’s

25 August 2021

5 Effective Strategies to Market Your Freelance Career

  • Posted by awfis

What’s better than doing the job that you love and getting paid for it? That’s the life of a freelancer. You get the best of both the worlds where you get to mix passion and profession together. Freelancing is no magic, you can either be an individual with your own website or a part of a team who has been taking up projects from various clients for over a period of time.


If you are a freelancer and are wondering about the next steps to make it successful, here are some strategies that we think will help you make it a long term career.

  1. Create a checklist of your deliverables:

The first step to promote your freelance career is to list down your skill set in the order of strength. It can be writing, graphic designing, creating video content or anything else that you think is your forte. Once you have this list ready, your reality will be in front of your eyes. The strengths can eventually result into a niche market of your own, via freelancing.

  1. Make sure your content reaches your target audience:

In today’s world identifying your potential client, plays key while marketing for the freelancer. In order to ensure this, make sure that your content is shared on all the social media platforms. For example, if you have created a video make sure you maximize it on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other relevant social media platforms. With this you can increase the visibility of your content and influence them with your content.

  1. Do not forget to focus on e-mail marketing:

E-mails are the best way to reach the correct target audience. The click through rate might be less compared to other social media platforms but around 90% of the audience using e-mails check it daily. People sign up for various sites knowing that they would be receiving mails from that particular website. It is the easiest way to cover a large network area. If you are a little shy or lack the opportunity to connect with the right market, cold emailing will be the best way to reach out to your target.

  1. Maintain your website traffic and Inquiry section efficiently:

The easiest way for people to contact you is through the inquiry section on your website. Do respond to inquiries as soon as you can as this will uplift the credibility of your brand. Along with that make sure Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Marketing for your page/website is up to mark. As they say, optimizing the page is better than being lost somewhere amidst millions of similar searches.

  1. Get referrals from your clients:

Referrals provide authenticity to your work. Word of mouth is better than any other form of marketing. Use it as an advantage and get credibility for your work. Effective relationships are built over a period of time. They not only enable you to reach out to your potential clients, but also motivate you to perform better. Do not hesitate to get testimonials from clients you’ve delivered great service to!

Using these strategies will prove beneficial for kick-starting your freelancing career. If you are ready and confident about your freelancing skills, it’s time to implement these strategies in reality!