Confidence is key to success in many areas of our lives. Confident people stand out at work, in social situations, and in group settings.If you’re not as confident as you’d like to be, some slight modifications to your body language can have a huge impact.
Keep your chin and head up.
Lillian Glass, a body language expert and author of “The Body Language Advantage,” says you need to have your head up at all times. “Confident people are always looking up, never down at the table, the ground, or their feet,” she says. “You have to always pretend that there’s a string holding the crown of your head up.”
Stand up straight.
Good posture goes a long way in how others perceive you. Standing up straight projects confidence, authority, and poise, while slouching makes you look unprofessional and disinterested.Roll both shoulders back and avoid looking tense by allowing your upper body muscles to relax while maintaining firmness in your core.
Keep your hands out of your pockets and always visible.
Make sure your hands are always visible, never hiding. Putting your hands in your pockets is one of the worst things you can do if you want to appear confident. We hide our hands when we’re nervous, so putting your hands in your pockets sends a message that you’re uncomfortable or uncertain. Crossing your arms has a similar negative effect, making you appear closed off and unreceptive.
Cut out ‘um’ and ‘like.’
People measure confidence in the way a person speaks, so it’s very important to be aware of your mannerisms and tone.You want to speak while pressing down firmly on your abdominal muscles, because you’ll have a more confident, lower, more powerful voice, \Cut out words such as ‘um’ and ‘like,’ and practice being more articulate.” Don’t run through your words, try to speak precisely and directly. Also, don’t be afraid to use inflection in your tone and show enthusiasm, because this shows confidence.