Whether we are aware of it or not, we project our feelings through our body language.
If our minds are plagued by doubt and low self-esteem, then more likely than not, we are showing those thoughts to our colleagues and customers through our expressions, posture and actions.
Here are five simple techniques to help you project confidence; teach yourself to be assertive in your body language, and confidence will follow.
1. Stand Up Straight
Place your feet shoulder-wide apart, lift your chin and head up. Hands on your hips. This is the “Power Position” and just standing like this for a little while will increase your assertiveness immensely.
2. Keep Hands Out Of Pockets
Allowing your hands to be visible tells the world that you are ready to handle anything, that you are confident, approachable and responsible.
3. Don’t Fidget
Most of us tend to fidget without thinking about it, but someone who just met you is likely to read this as a sign of anxiety or nervousness. “Watch yourself from afar” so to speak, and control your movements.
4. Maintain Eye Contact
Being able to keep eye contact is probably the most important point of all, as this signals calmness, honesty, friendliness and – guess what, confidence!
A genuine smile has an instantly disarming and connecting effect, which you should use to your advantage when building true links between you and your customers.
About the Author
Kajsa Kinsella is Publisher & Editor-In-Chief of Self Starter Magazine. Self Starter Magazine highlights true life-stories of business experience by both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs in Ireland. Dispelling the fears and uncertainties of self-employment through providing practical and applicable information, personal guidance and encouragement on how best to enjoy the world of entrepreneurship.
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