Language is composed of words and phrases. They can be written, read, spoken, heard, signed, and even coded. Nevertheless, without verbal and written words, numbers and symbols, humans are still able to effectively communicate, and the medium of universal language is the body.
Extensive research has shown that your body language speaks for you, before any words are exchanged. The basics of body language: standing tall and straight says that you (1) take the initiative and are confident. Leaning back in a chair with fingers interlocked behind your head, chest puffed up, exudes authority and power. Standing when speaking during meetings makes you the tallest person in the room, with the widest visual perspective, thus giving you the perfect opportunity to rein in the attention of your business counterparts.
For women, the challenge of using effective body language is much greater. Professional women, especially leaders, are constantly caught in a double blind. If you are assertive and speak your mind, you are considered as masculine and bossy.
If you speak in fluent euphemisms, and express your feelings and consideration for others, you are too soft and feminine.
Nevertheless, there are ways around this double standard. Remember, your body can speak for you. In situations where you must stand firmly on the ground, sit or stand upright, but rotate your palms outward about 45 degrees, because the small gesture conveys openness. On the contrary, if your mind is set on no further discussion, turn your palms downward, and let the party on the other side of the table feel your stability and unspoken thoughts.
The head tilt always (2) does the trick of expressing concern when you are feeling empathic. But a tilted head may also be subconsciously processed as a submission signal. Wandering eyes equal a wandering mind, so it’s most imperative to you’re your head straight and your sight focused during interviews and meetings. Let others get a good look at your confident posture and composed disposition, without having to say one single word.
- take the initiative 採取主動
想到主動，我們最直接的聯想是 active。但你要講一個人有主動的特質，用「He is active.」老外會解讀成「他很活躍」。initiative可以作名詞和形容
E.g. They are able to sort out problems on their own initiative.
E.g. Charles is shy and does not take the initiative in making acquaintances.
- do the trick 奏效
Trick在這裡是「花招」或「手法」的意思，do the trick意思是「達到想要的結果」、「奏效」，也可以用turn the trick。
E.g. The doctor’s medicine will do the trick for the patient.