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7 Ways to Get Ahead at Work Without Saying a Word

You probably already know that communication is much more than just the words you say. So it makes sense that getting ahead at the office requires some strategic non-verbal interactions.

What do we mean? Well, our friends at Refinery29 and LearnVest put together seven small, research-backed ways you can impress at work without saying a word. For example, try mimicking your boss’ behavior:

According to a study out of Duke University, subtle forms of mimicry can prove useful when you’re trying to win someone over. It’s known as the ‘chameleon effect’ because, in the same way that a chameleon changes the color of its skin to match the environment, people can change behaviors and mannerisms to mirror the person who they’re interacting with.

From perfecting your handshake to smiling when you’re stressing out, start putting these tips into practice—and see what kind of impact it has on your career.

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