8 body languages can boost your confidence

8 body languages can boost your confidence

1. Pose yourself correctly

Assuring a good posture while either standing or sitting causes the most minimal stress on ligaments and supporting muscles. If you are sitting with your back straight, your back is positioned against your chair’s back Your feet are placed flat on the floor, and you have bent your knees at a straight angle.

Standing up, you should be able to draw a straight line starting from the earlobe of your head to your hip, shoulder and knee, and then in the center of the ankle. A good posture is crucial to alleviating neck and back strain, as well as preventing muscle sores and keeping your joints and bones in good alignment.

2. Strong handshakes are essential

A solid, firm handshake is a universal symbol of confidence. Every person even women should have one. Handshakes should be firm but not abrasive, delivered with a cool, dry hand, some upward and downward shakes and just a brief eye contact. It’s a sign of respect and mutual appreciation from both parties and is an excellent first impression. A limp, sweaty, “dead fish” handshake can have the opposite effect. No matter if you’re feeling confident, a solid handshake will increase your confidence and help others perceive your confidence as higher.

Methods to Take: Request individuals you trust to evaluate your handshake. Ask them to note how you hold your hand, feel of your hands, whether you raise your hand in a proper manner and whether you make eye contact. Note their comments and practice your revised handshake with others whom you don’t know.

3. Maintain good eye contact when appropriate

Eye contact indicates that you’re honest and engaging. It also suggests you are approachable. Eye contact with confidence creates a sense of intimacy during your interactions. It makes people feel more comfortable and connected to you. But too much eye contact may send a signal that you’re aggressive, or even strange. When eye contact changes from looking to gazing, it causes people to feel uncomfortable and triggers your sympathetic nervous system. The next step is to take if it is apparent that you are uncomfortable with eye contact, begin to become comfortable by doing it with your family and friends. Make eye contact for 50-60 percent of conversations.

When you stop eye contact, you should look at the side instead of downwards. The downward gaze signals inferiority or shame. It also signals submission. When you become more comfortable in maintaining eye contact with family members and friends, try it out in front of people at work or in public.

4. Your arms and legs are important

The way you cross your arms can suggest that you are self-protective and defensive. The act of moving your legs aside from someone else could indicate that you don’t like them or experience uncomfortable.

The way you cross your ankles could signal you’re putting something off but not showing it (unless you’re one of those women who were taught to perform this in a “ladylike” posture).

If you are able to hold those hands in your rear, then you may be indicating that you’re overwhelmed, nervous or even anger. A hand clasped, crossed over the genitals can be an expression of self-comfort that shows insecurity or shyness. Fidgeting and tapping your fingers can signal to others that you are frustrated, bored or angry.

5. Keep your head up

Literally and metaphorically. When you talk, enter the room, or talk to someone else maintain your chin toward the upward direction when you stand or sit high. Make yourself a focal point in the room by presenting yourself as an imposing lion than an ostrich looking to hide its head.

6. Make room for you

If you’re in an area or attending a social gathering does not allow your nerves to show up by physically blocking yourself off and occupying the smallest amount of space. It’s possible that you’re wishing to disappear but your body must signal others.

If you’re feeling awkward, try to present as the person everyone has had their eyes on for a while. Act like I am so at ease in this sort of way.

7. Be confident in your movements

There’s a big difference between being nervous and fumbling about the room, or performing on an audience that is confident and on stage.

If you’re as stiff as a board while you speak, you look uneasy and uncomfortable. If you’re able to move away from your podium or chair, it shows that you’re not in control of the room rather than being a slave to it.

Confident speakers are able to walk or move with ease when they want to draw attention to something in an upcoming presentation or to get closer to other people present in the space. Do this practice in a less formal environment to build confidence.

Of course, you wouldn’t want these moves to look fake or awkward, so you need to be confident. Moving is a way to fulfill a goal or to make sure you’re at ease in the environment.

8. Make people feel good by smiling

A genuine smile is revealed slowly, it crinkles the eyes and brightens the face and then disappears.

If you make someone smile, they will almost always reciprocate your smile. Since facial expressions can trigger similar emotions. The smile you give enhances the emotional state of the person.

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