How To Appear Confident
1. Stand up straight
Standing up straight is probably the most powerful technique to projecting confidence through body language. Keeping your back straight, your shoulders back and your head held high displays status, power and that you are in control of your life. It can be tiring at first, especially if you have spent a lifetime slouching or bending over a computer, but it will become easier over time and you’ll soon be walking tall without even trying.
2. Keep your chin and head up
Confident people are always looking ahead, never down at the ground. Looking down communicates that you are insecure or shy. Whether you are standing in a crowd or walking down a street, always keep your head up and your eyes looking straight ahead.
3. Keep your hands out of your pockets
We tend to hide or cover our hands by putting them in our pockets when we are feeling nervous, uncomfortable or unsure of ourselves. If you keep your hands securely in your pockets then that’s how other people will view you. Keeping your hands visible indicates you feel confident in yourself, your current situation and ready to handle anything. Additionally, gesturing with your palms facing up will make you appear more confident as it gives the impression of honesty and trustworthiness.
4. Take a deep breath
Breathing is automatic in the way that our heart beats and we often take that for granted. However, when we learn to consciously breathe and become more aware and present with our breath, it has a multitude of benefits on a mental, emotional and physical and spiritual level and definitely helps confidence, as it is a great way to center yourself.
5. Don’t fidget
A common habit that is a major sign of low self-confidence is fidgeting. Fidgeting is a clear sign of nervousness, worry or anxiety and we can fidget without even realizing it. People fidget in many different ways, some jiggle their legs, some drum or tap their fingers or others play or fiddle with small items. Work on standing or sitting still and only moving when needed. With a little practice it will become easier for you to assume a calm, relaxed position.
6. Maintain eye contact
Good eye contact is probably the most important technique to practice if you wish to appear calm and confident. Steady eye contact suggests you’re honest and friendly and makes the other person feel much more connected to you. If you are speaking to several people alternate between them. However, it is important to be aware that too much eye contact can make you appear aggressive.
7. Stand in an open stance
Stand with your feet in a wide stance as this shows confidence. Standing with your feet too close together can give the impression that you are shy and timid. Aim to have your feet in line with your shoulders with your feet pointing outward.
Smiling has a powerful effect; a genuine smile communicates to those around you that you are friendly, honest and trustworthy and makes you more attractive. Studies have proven that smiling directly influences how other people respond to you as facial expressions trigger corresponding feelings in the person who is receiving the smile.
9. Develop a firm handshake
A firm, solid handshake can give you an immediate impression of confidence while a limp handshake can communicate weakness. Your handshake should be strong but not crushing and delivered with a few seconds of friendly eye contact.
10. Take big steps
Make your stride longer than normal. Take long purposeful steps, rather than short, quick or hurried steps. A slower, deliberate walk will make you appear confident and in control of your life.