Use your body language to exude self-confidence

Body language is an important but often overlooked facet of how we communicate with other people. With the right body language, you can communicate confidence, competence, and friendliness. However, with the wrong body language, you might end up communicating the exact opposite of these virtues. 

Body language affects both how we see others, and how others see us. If you are beginning to feel self-conscious because you haven?t considered this topic in a while (or at all), fear not, in this guide to How to Show Confidence Through Body Language I will give you a few simple pointers that will help you communicate your most positive attributes!

Posture is Important

One way to show confidence through body language is to improve your posture. It is likely that at some point in your life a teacher, parent or guardian advised you to sit up straight, square your shoulders, and your knees slightly bent when you are standing. 

Good posture is not only good for your skeletal system and circulation, it also projects conscientiousness. People who pay attention to their posture often appear more professional and aware then those who slouch and slump.

A Firm Handshake 

When we greet other by shaking hands we often don?t think much of it, but a firm and enthusiastic handshake can actually go a long way toward making a good impression. A handshake should be firm (but not tight) and project an appropriate level of enthusiasm. It is also a good idea to make eye contact during and hand shake and smiling helps as well.

Eye Contact

This one can be tricky as it can become uncomfortable to make eye contact for too long a period. As I suggested in the previous section, it is Important to make eye contact during a handshake or other greeting, but there is such a thing as too much eye contact. 

For example, you should never force eye contact with some who doesn?t seem to want it, this can come off as very aggressive. Rather, make eye contact hen speaking or listening to someone who speaking directly to you and feel free to disengage after a period of silence. Lingering eye contact can be awkward.

Don’t Fidget

After sitting in one place for a period of time it can be difficult to avoid various forms of fidgeting. Little actions such as drumming your fingers or tapping your foot can project an image of impatience and insecurity. On the other hand, sitting still projects an image of patience and maturity. 

This is one of the easiest ways to improve your body language as it only requires that you forgo unnecessary little movements during periods of inactivity.

These are just four examples of small things you can do to show confidence through your body language. Body language can be an important factor in a lot of our day to day interactions. While it is easy to overlook our body language it is also easy to utilize it in order to project our best qualities.