Small Biz Tip: People Skills: Nonverbal Communication

Tips from March 3, 2010 The Small Business tips today discuss nonverbal communication. Smile! Showing your pearly whites invites people to your conversation. It also generates a positive vibe and environment to share ideas. Eye contact is crucial. It shows that you are paying attention to what is going on around you, and that you are listening to the conversation. Eye contact will engage others to interact with you in conversation as well. Stop fidgeting! Nervous hand gestures, such a foot tapping, folding hands over chest, hair twirling, or just anything awkward will generate negativity and uneasiness in others. Nod your head while others are talking.  They will know you are listening, and acknowledging that you understand what is taking place. Daily Overview: You can communicate to the world without speaking. Keep these nonverbal cues in check the next time you are speaking. [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Nonverbal Communication: Website

Tips from September 18, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss nonverbal communication by your website. Your website should be visually appealing, as well as easy to navigate to communicate important info to visitors. Be color friendly. Be sure to choose colors appealing on monitors, as well as for those who are color blind. Have a theme throughout your web site. Each page should have similar headings, footers, & design. Text should be big enough to read easily by everyone visiting your website, especially your target audience. Daily Overview: Communicate clearly online by using common sense, organization, & always keeping your target in mind. [Read Full Article]

Nonverbal Communication Signals in Business

Communication these days comes in all forms, from verbal, written, nonverbal, visual, "writing on a wall" and even tweeting. For businesses, communication is very important within the company, customers, and clients, and some of the most important communication is said without words.  Nonverbal communication speaks wonders about how you present yourself, as well as your business, to others and can convey just as much or more to your customers. Keep these nonverbal communication signals in mind the next time you are conducting business with customers, clients, or with your associates.PostureKeep your back straight! Don't slouch! Shoulders up! We've all heard how we should present ourselves visually by having correct posture. It's true: good posture will present your body in a positive manner. Good posture will give you a strong, upright, and positive looking body. You will look presentable, eager, and ready for whatever is thrown your way. Having good pos... [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Nonverbal Communication: Business Presentation

Tips from September 16, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss nonverbal communication by your business presentation. Be organized. Put clutter away & have no garbage. Keep it professional & clean. It shows how you will do business with them. Have your business logo & hours available & easy for all to see. Make sure there is no question of where & when. Present yourself in a positive manner. Represent your business by being clean, put together & dressed appropriately. When working from home, keep your home clean & orderly. Remove distractions (family, pets) to show business is important to you. Daily Overview: Wherever you work, be clean, organized, & presentable to communicate your work ethic. [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Nonverbal Communication: Dress Code

Tips from September 15, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss nonverbal communication with a dress code. Have everyone dress similarly to show unity and professionalism. Wear your business representation proudly. Simple is key. Try incorporating your logo into attire (pin, name tag, shirt) to distinguish employees from customers. A simple dress code could be to have all employees wear black or blue as a symbol of power and sophistication. All employees dressing the same can help to establish that you are serious about your work and business. Be classy. Daily Overview: Be presentable and choose a uniform if it fits your image. Try to use it to communicate your company's professionalism. [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: Nonverbal Communication: Logo

Small Biz Tip: Nonverbal Communication: Logo Tips from September 14, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss nonverbal communication when using a logo. Keep it simple. A logo needs to be easy for customers to recognize and remember. It also needs to be easy to reproduce. What do the colors of your logo communicate? Different colors actually can evoke different feelings so it's something to consider in the design process. Evaluate your logo size versus the product. They need to complement each other but not over power. Don't kill the message. Symbolism in logos is important, especially when attempting to be unique. But be careful, different symbols can mean different things in different places. Daily Overview: Logos build brand recognition and are your first lines of visual communication to the public.     We post these small business tips to our employee's [Read Full Article]