The Ultimate Body Language Guide

Ready Body Language Guide

Language of Readiness

A ready body is composed for action.


When someone is thinking about something they may point a body part towards it. This may be another person or a door for instance. This may be as subtle as a foot or as obvious as the whole body leaning. Eyes may also look in the intended direction more then once.


The body is tensed and ready for action. When sitting, hands usually hold onto armrests in readiness to get up and legs are tensed ready to lift the body. Attention is away from everything except the intended direction.


Someone may move in preparation for further movement. Legs uncross, hands grab bags, straighten clothing and so on. The whole body tends to lean in the intended direction.

Reasons for Readiness


The person intends to leave. Perhaps there’s somewhere they must be or maybe they are uncomfortable with the situation.

Ready to Buy

A person may send readiness signal when they are ready to buy something. They may point at what they want to buy.

Continuing Conversation

Readiness may also be to talk more. When you are talking and they show readiness signals, maybe they just want to say something.

Ready to Fight

When a person sees a physical or verbal fight coming up, they put their body in a position where they can move freely, either to attack or to defend.

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