11/28/2016 04:43 EST | Updated 01/09/2017 11:00 EST

When It Comes To Handling Difficult Conversations, Body Language Is Everything

No one likes to have tough conversations at work but when we do encounter them, proper body language can help the discussion go a lot smoother.

Mimicking other people’s actions, using a low voice and talking with your hands are all helpful tips. Remember to also watch out for any nervous behaviour like foot tapping and remove any barriers between you and the person you're talking to. That includes tables and even coffee mugs.

Watch the video above to find out more about how using proper body language can help ease the stress of having hard conversations at work, so you can have “A Better 9-to-5.”

Do you find playing close attention to body language helps you be more productive at work? Let us know in the comments below.

“A Better 9-To-5” is a new series from HuffPost Canada Studios that aims to help you make the most of your work day. Each episode offers tips, tricks and life hacks you can use at the office to increase your productivity and well-being. From asking your boss for a raise to taking care of your constantly-sitting body to keeping your desk germ-free, this is adulting at work made easy.

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