The word 'engage' spelled out on a cork board

When we talk about being engaging, we tend to talk about interacting, showing interest in what other people are saying, really listening to them, adding a contribution to the conversation and feeling like you belong with the people you are with. Being a part of a group, feeling comfortable and happy and not just standing there being an observer.

Being engaged also shows involvement in an activity. Focusing on what you need to do and getting on with it whether that is an activity that a child can do by themselves or with others. This is a skill children can start practising whilst in year seven at secondary school.

Showing Engagement via Facial Expressions

This blog is about children showing that they want to engage. We know that some children give off signs that they want to be left alone and don’t want anyone to talk to them. Yet, they also want to make new friends and want someone to engage with them. They can’t have both and so will need to put themselves out there.

How can they attract other people to them so that they start to engage in a conversation? How can they show they are willing to engage?

  1. They need to use their face to show they are open to having a conversation.
  2. They need to have eye contact and smile through their eyes. When you smile or express yourself, your eyes do too.
  3. They need to look relaxed and confident.
  4. Use facial expressions that show they are friendly.
  5. They need to smile and have some great open body language.

This will attract new friends and old friends to them as they seem more approachable. It gives others the sense that they are up for meeting them and starting up a conversation.

I have written lots of articles on being engaged and body language. Have a look at more blogs on personal growth or, if you feel your child needs help with any interpersonal skills, then please give me a call.