8 Empowering Body Language Tips
| Written by Bernice Neai
Have you ever paused for a minute and taken notice of how you sit and stand? Does your body show that you’re confident, or maybe insecure? Body language is a non-verbal communication that will belie your true feelings and intentions, and that includes your posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements.
We look at how body language plays a role in empowering you and boosting your confidence in any situation!
Show empathy with simple actions of agreement like nodding your head or smiling. Express your words with your hands by incorporating gestures into your conversation. Use your hands with confidence instead of fidgeting. You can add weight to a point you are trying to prove or to describe something.
Sitting up straight in your chair isn’t just good for your posture, but also gives you more confidence in your own thoughts. Research shows that our body posture can affect not only what others think of us, but also how we think about ourselves. Practicing good posture also creates the least amount of strain on your supporting muscles and ligaments. This is essential to prevent back and neck pain, also keeping your bones and joints in proper alignment.
Pay attention to your speech and body movements. Sometimes we might be nervous and flustered that we up our pace of speech. If that happens, take a deep breath and slow down. This will help to calm your nerves and make for a better speech or presentation.
A Firm Handshake
A strong handshake says a lot about a person’s personality. When a person shakes hands firmly, it shows that a person is confident in what he or she has come forward to pursue and accomplish.
Build a better connection with eye contact. This indicates that you respect the other person by giving them your focus and attention. The eye is one of the most intimate forms of communication as it shows respect, interest, appreciation and understanding; and you can convey all this with just a gaze. So, use your eyes to project a positive image!
Hands Off The Face
Constant face touching might make you seem nervous and can be distracting for the people involved in the conversation. Always keep your hands away from your face when you’re speaking.
Keep Check of Your Arms and Legs
Crossing your arms will make you feel and look enclosed, defensive and guarded. While crossing your legs away from another person may give an impression of discomfort and lack of interest. Be more aware of what you do with your arms and legs in situations, and make more of a conscious effort with how you place them. The idea is to look open and approachable, not sullen and cross.
Your body language says a lot about you; your thoughts, your beliefs and the level of confidence you possess. Having a good attitude also plays an impact on your body language and the image you reflect to others. Adopt an optimistic and positive attitude and share a smile with the people around you!
And remember, even if you’re having a conversation on the telephone and the person can’t see you, your voice says a lot. So keep that positive attitude, be confident and smile; that’ll come through.