6 Body Language Mistakes You Should Never Pull in Front of an Investor

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

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Avoiding eye contact can come across as deceptive or seen as unconfident. Effective eye contact is essential for communicating upward. - Nadia Hansen, Result Logix

 

A. Crossing Your Arms

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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. Swaying

2016-08-16-1471371708-5291562-LisaCurtis.pngI often see entrepreneurs (particularly women in heels) swaying as they speak with VIPs. It makes whatever you're saying sound uncertain, even if your voice doesn't waver. - Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli

 

A. Subconsciously Covering Yourself

2016-08-16-1471371748-2180516-JessicaBaker.pngBe 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

 

A. Fidgeting

2016-08-16-1471371784-9934435-BenWalker.pngThis 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

2016-08-16-1471371834-127575-ArryYu.pngAlways look at hand gestures. If a VIP's arms are crossed or his or her hands are clenched, that mean it's time to stop or clarify. - Arry Yu, GiftStarter.com

 

These answers are provided by members of FounderSociety, an invitation-only organization comprised of ambitious startup founders and business owners.