The Importance of Body Language

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Exercise 1

Learn how body language can determine whether you get hired or not. Fill in the missing words in the text below:

Body Language Expert: Job Interview

There are many things that can sabotage you on a job interview.

A swearword tattoo to cross your knuckles,...

...drunken karaoke videos on your MySpace page...

...or having ever worked for hotnewz.

Just kidding.

But one you 1. _____________.

Greg Hartley, author of Body Language Expert, explains.

About 2. _____________.

It's with 3. _____________,...

...with your body language, with 4. _____________, with the way you

5. _____________someone.

When you go to a job interview, one of the first things to remember is the younger you are,

the more energy you are liable to have.

And that energy will lead through things called adaptors.

For those of us who aren't up on our body language lingo,

adaptors means 6. _____________.

Like 7. _____________ if it's a woman or if it's a guy you may 8. _____________or

9. _____________...

...and that's the release of energy that shows that you are 10. _____________.

You need to 12. _____________.

So remember, if you're squirming more than a two-year-old watching Seize band, they may not want you to manage the big account.


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Exercise 2


So this is what we did. We decided to bring people into the lab and run a little experiment, and these people adopted, for two minutes, either high-power poses or low-power poses, and I'm just going to show you five of the poses, although they took on only two. So here's one. A couple more. This one has been dubbed the "Wonder Woman" by the media. Here are a couple more. So you can be standing or you can be sitting. And here are the low-power poses. So you're folding up, you're making yourself small. This one is very low-power. When you're touching your neck, you're really protecting yourself.

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What do you think – what is the importance of body language in our life? Do you think your body language shapes who you are?

Record your answer with Sound Recorder program or any other sound recording software.

To express your opinion use:

I think

In my opinion

From my point of view

As far as I know

Personally, I think

Generally speaking

First of all



Exercise 3

Fill in the missing words:

Fill in the missing words

Fill in the missing words

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Study the new words:


Extra activity

The Definitive Book of Body Language by Random House Publishing Group



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