Body Language to Project Confidence

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July 15, 2014 by Tess

We talk a great deal about confidence. Those we serve want to know they are putting their tasks in the hands of someone who is competent. The best thing we can do for those around us is exude confidence so they can feel secure!

Below are some tips about how to project confidence. If you don’t feel confident right this minute…you can fake-it-til-you-make-it. Once you can convince yourself you know what you’re doing, most of this will come naturally.
Consider how you wish to be perceived. We all want to be seen as strong, confident, enthusiastic people, so adopt the body language and mental attitude to reflect that!  Carry yourself well and be consistent.

Body Language tips for Confidence:

  • Hold yourself upright, with your back straight and your shoulders ‘square’ rather than slumped forward (note that upright does not mean holding yourself stiffly) – even when seated. We realize that we’ve discussed posture to death, but you can’t ever say it enough. No matter where you are, walk with a straight back that feels comfortable. Stand in front of a mirror and look at your posture. Close your eyes and see how that feels. Then practice that. If you focus on it, it will become routine.
  • Walking  – don’t amble or shuffle. Don’t appear to hurry either. Hurrying does not project confidence, it projects being late and harassed! Confident people never hurry because they know exactly where they are going!We know this sounds silly, you walk every day. However, how often do you THINK about it? Practice walking with purpose. Walk with good posture. Don’t drag your feet. Don’t walk heavy footed-work on light steps. Take your time before taking the first step instead of walking about a few times and deciding which way to go. Move with grace. If you can do this in front of a mirror, you will be shocked how quickly you can improve!

  • Face people and focus on them rather than yourself when you are in communication. Great eye contact can do wonders! Don’t appear to be interested, actually be interested.

  • Smile often and easily.

We all want to see that beautiful smile of yours sometimes but those we serve want to see it all the time. If you aren’t smiling they might think you don’t like dealing with them. Just like an actor on stage those in service need to go beyond the normal span of body communication and really stress how happy they are to be doing what we are doing or those we serve won’t get the message.  We want those we serve to think we are happy because happiness is infectious. So smile, damn it!

 

Project confidence at all times. You are a strong and capable person, let the world see that in everything you do!


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