Much of what you communicate is through body language alone, so your nervous fidgeting and crossed arms say a lot even if you're not speaking. Investors are adept at reading people and gathering information in a short period of time, so pay attention to your composure next time you practice in the mirror. Here's what to avoid when speaking to an investor or potential partner.
A. Avoiding Eye Contact
A. Crossing Your Arms
Don't cross your arms when you are talking with a VIP. It makes you seem introverted and secretive. Instead, place your hands on your sides because it makes you seem open. - Ajmal Saleem, Suprex Learning
A. Subconsciously Covering Yourself
Be confident and in control. Think positively, and it will show. And refrain from putting objects in front of yourself or touching your face -- covering yourself suggests you have something to hide. - Jessica Baker, Aligned Signs
This is my single biggest pet peeve when I am in a meeting with anyone, let alone a potential investor or partner. If they are fidgeting, I can't keep myself from watching them fidget, and then I lose my train of thought. - Ben Walker, Transcription Outsourcing, LLC
A. Not Paying Attention to Hand Gestures
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