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Five Ways to Improve Your Virtual Body Language

Here are some strategies that help to make your point on camera

Arms crossed. A wandering gaze. A focus on your phone rather than on the person speaking. These are just some of the ways that bad body language can undermine a face-to-face conversation.

Talking to someone in a virtual setting isn’t exactly the same, but it does involve many of the same cues, according to communications coach Ann Timmons. She said many people think they’ll be more comfortable at home than they are in the boardroom—and that expectation might create a false sense of security in their presentation skills.

“There’s that real disconnect that I think throws people off because they expect to be more comfortable than they are,” Timmons said.

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