Body Language takes place with nonverbal communication by means of facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, body positions, the tones of your voice and so on. It’s about matching what you see with what you hear to understand an individual’s emotions, feelings, and attitudes.
Our body language is a significant aspect of our everyday communication and relationships with others. Hence, it is very relevant when it comes to our action in the business world. Nonverbal communication, speak the loudest when meeting new people, and is the foundation of any successful professional relationship. Nonverbal communication forms a social language that is in many ways richer and more fundamental than our words.
Now, try and picture yourself. How do you appear to others? What message do you communicate with your entourage? What is your gesture saying about you? Do people find you confident? intimidating? open? How’s your power of persuasion going? Each and every one of these questions can be answered through the way you chose to communicate with people through your body language. People read your body language unconsciously, it is often via instinct and without thinking about it. Hence, you do not have to actually be confident to appear confident. With a little practice, you can learn how to show complete confidence through your body language so that you’ll always appear ready and capable went the time comes. Mastering the body language is crucial when it comes to organizing events, public speech, and when meeting someone new. Here’s a list of our top tips to look confident in any kind of given situation!
1- Never forget to smile!
The importance of smiling is crucial when it comes to health and the message you want to give to others. It was proven that smiling makes you more attractive and trustworthy, as well as improving your stress level and your feeling about yourself. According to several studies, smiling can trick your brain into feeling happy, even when you feel sad as you’re smiling. Be aware of the impact that smiling has on other people, and remind yourself to smile more often with others. You will notice a considerable change within your workplace, as well as in your personal life. Success guaranteed!
2- Avoid Fidgeting!
Fidgeting, or the horrid habit of not being able to stay still is a way of showing that you are tense, stress, anxious and unconfident about yourself. The best way to avoid fidgeting is to learn how to keep your gesture under control. Keep your hands firm and steady, stop moving your feet in every direction and avoid that leg-vibration movement when seated. Before each stressful meeting, look at yourself in the mirror, repeat 10 times to yourself ” I am good enough, I am going to nail this meeting, I am confident, I am going to succeed.” Take a deep breath, walk out of this bathroom more confident than ever, and most importantly, learn how to trust yourself.
3- Maintaining good eye-contact!
Maintaining a firm and good eye contact with the person you are talking to is a fundamental habit to adopt if you want to look confident and trustworthy. It often feels natural to lower your head when you feel intimidated, but this gesture will communicate to others that you do not wish to engage in a conversation or interact. You will appear disinterested from the person you are conversing with, hence lower your chance of establishing a good relationship. Maintain your head high, and never lose sight of the person you are talking to!
4- Do not cross your arms!
People who tend to cross their arms are often perceived as people who are protecting themselves from the outside world. Think about those bouncers outside the club… They do not look like approachable people, and always have their arm crossed. It is a way of saying that you are closed to your surrounding, that you do not wish to interact with anyone, but rather stay alone without getting disturbed. But your goal is to appear confident, open and likable. Keep those arms uncrossed, stand up straight with those shoulders back and you’ll be surprised how much more confident and open you will look to others.
5- Firm Handshake!
Unfortunately, you will never get a second chance at a first impression in business. A strong handshake sets the tone on the perception of your abilities and the person you are. A Strong handshake will transmit your level of confidence, as well as your abilities to perform. But do not get too excited, a handshake is not a contest of who’s the strongest. Don’t try to crush the other person’s hand and don’t hold on too long. A handshake offers a personal connection with another person and will help convey your personality and intentions to the other person.
6- Use contact to show appreciation!
Do not be afraid to show signs of affection to the person you are conversing with! A little pat on the back or a hand on the shoulder will be much appreciated as a sign of affection and respect. Obviously, the level of intimacy will depend on the nature of your relationship with the person, but light and gentle physical contact are usually a good way to gain trust and establish a nice relationship.
As we have previously shown you, body language has a great impact in transmitting messages to the listener and plays an essential role in communicating with people.No matter what words you use, your body language will always give you away. The body doesn’t lie. Hence, it is important to learn how to control it and use it wisely.