Body language is a powerful and effective method to communicate messages in a subtle way. In fact, it’s just as powerful as words, and even more so if you manage to combine them properly, like when we try to look confident in front of others. Whether we want to make the best impression on our next date or at our next job interview, paying attention to our body language is the key to making any of these things happen.
CloudNewsFeed wants to give you a little guide on how to make your nonverbal communication ooze confidence, making you look better than ever.
1. Make as much eye contact as possible.
According to author Michael Ellsberg, an expert in body language, eye contact is one of the most important and powerful tools when it comes to interacting face-to-face with another person. Looking away or down when talking to someone, on the other hand, is frequently interpreted as a sign of insecurity.
2. Lean slightly forward.
While having a conversation with another person, you may want to consider your posture. At the same time, such posture sends a message of self-confidence by reducing or eliminating barriers between you and your interlocutor.
3. Keep your head upright.
Generally, people who walk with their head down, or who bow their head when talking to another person, have an introverted personality. If, on the contrary, someone walks or talks to others with his or her head raised, this will make them appear like a secure, confident, and proud person.
4. Adopt an upright and open posture.
It’s essential to pay attention to your body posture, especially when you’re facing important challenges, like meetings or a job interview. If you want to convey confidence, your posture should be straight and you should also look relaxed. You can do that by putting your shoulders back and your head up. This way, you’ll appear serene but self-confident at the same time.
5. Keep your hands in sight.
When you want someone else to be aware of the confidence you have in yourself, you should keep your hands away from your pockets. Putting your hands in your pockets shows nervousness, insecurity, and a need to hide something or keep your distance.
6. Orientate your feet toward the person you’re talking to.
Although it may seem like a simple detail, even somewhat insignificant, the posture and orientation of your feet when talking to others are also important. This posture also makes you appear more self-confident.
7. Smile slightly.
According to a study carried out by neuroscientists, people who show a small smile along with a slight elevation of their eyebrows when conversing with someone tend to generate greater sympathy and trust in their interlocutor.
8. Take up your own space.
If you feel insecure about yourself or uneasy and nervous about a specific situation, you might have a tendency to make yourself smaller. By doing this, you might appear less intimidating but also less confident than you really are.
If you want to be the image of confidence, you should try to occupy the space you need and feel comfortable using it.
Bonus: Why body language is so important and how it can help us communicate better
Sometimes, without intending to or without even opening our mouths, we manage to communicate. When we talk about body language or non-verbal communication, we are referring to those gestures that we make with different parts of our body that transmit a message.
Confidence is a solid foundation for establishing or improving social relationships of different types, and body language is a way of transmitting and strengthening it.
How do you act when you want to get someone to trust you? What are the gestures that make you wary of a person?