Power of Body Language

Sharon Fountain

March 2nd, 2015

The Connection between Body Language and Confidence

Picture yourself walking into a room full of impressive candidates who are competing with you for your dream job through a series of interviews. How do you make a dazzling first impression and exude confidence, even when you don’t feel good about your skin and appearance? Mastering the use of body language to appear confident and in control can be a powerful tool. Body language refers to your nonverbal communication, through gestures, posture, facial expressions and more, and is interpreted differently in many countries. When you need an extra boost of self-confidence to show off your best side in the U.S., consider the following.

  • Keep still: People who are anxious tend to get happy feet and fidget, making their discomfort obvious. To channel your more self-confident self, stand up straight in one place, shoulders back, with evenly balanced body weight. It radiates confidence, and will do wonders for your posture.
  • Handshake: When meeting someone for the first time, a firm handshake is important. It shows your enthusiasm and helps communicate a touch of pride. Another important guideline about your hands is to avoid putting them in your pockets or crossing your arms. Keeping your hands open indicates your receptivity to communication and interest in the topic at hand. It also expresses a sense of welcoming and that you have nothing to hide.
  • Eye contact: Eye contact is extremely important when you first meet someone and during conversation. If your head is down it may be interpreted that you don’t want to interact or are not interested in the conversation. Kick the nervous look by keeping your head up and eyes forward when walking and talking.
  • Proper grooming: Sometimes self-assurance is directly linked to how good we feel about our appearance. To enhance your confidence, even if your skin is irritated or not at its best, take time to groom and dress for success in clothing that fits you and the occasion well.
  • Smile: Smile, genuinely. Among others things, a smile presents you as trustworthy, happy, and cooperative. Additionally, smiling can directly influence how other people respond to you.

Like these tips? Practice in front of the mirror to see what impact they can have!


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