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Career Tips For Women: Nodding Is a Bad Habit

Why Women Should Get Rid of Their Nodding Habit


Women have distinctive body language that are very characteristic of their gender, but some habits may hinder their success. One habit in particular, the constant head nodding, is not necessarily a positive trait in the workforce. Throughout conversations, women have the tendency to keep nodding, which although makes one seem agreeable, may also come off as being too eager to please. Bobbing your head while the speaker is talking will make you seem more approachable and friendly, but it will also lessen your authority and leadership role.

We should take a page from men who tend to only nod when they agree or when they are about to express a point. Women are, at heart, great communicators with high EQ, but we shouldn't try so hard to be likable and a team player that we end up losing a bit of our authority. It's OK to nod, but try to keep it to a minimum and limit it to when it's necessary.

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amber512 amber512 5 years
I always nod. It's definitely a habit of mine and I always thought people liked it. I noticed when I was in school that teachers spent more time making eye contact with the nodders than with anyone else.
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