IT’S NOT WHAT YOU SAY….
Let’s face the truth, shall we? Your work and talent are only a small part of why you might get far in your career. Other factors? Your scintillating personality, high levels of confidence and commitment, of course. Actually there’s more….
How you connect with your fellow workers and the extent to which you value yourself are an important part of advancing in your career. You can be the most talented person in the world, but if you don’t believe in yourself, well, no one will believe in you or your abilities. So, how does one exude confidence and show talent without boasting about themselves every minute of every day? Through body language.
Body language is a universal method of human connection – a language everyone understands. You’re communicating your thoughts and emotions by how you look, sit, stand, and smile.
These little nuances can tell a story more loudly than your words ever could and they can make or break your career whether you’re looking for a job, trying to get a new client, or getting a new promotion.
If you feel you’re having trouble in this area and you want to exude more confidence at work, scroll below to see all 10 tips on how to do just that.
1) Hold your chin up, head high and make direct contact with the other person.
2) Use small gestures when you’re communicating to show that you’re confident and know exactly what you’re talking about. You essentially want your movements to mirror what you’re saying so your audience will follow.
3) If you’re talking to a few people, hold their gaze for a few seconds without saying anything.
4) When someone is talking, give them your full attention and listen deeply. Pretend they are the most important person in the world and what they have to say matters deeply to you.
5) Keep your gestures open by not folding your arms. It will make you look relaxed and alert.
6) Whatever you do, don’t yawn while someone is speaking to you. Instead, take a couple of deep breaths while they are speaking.
7) Stand up straight and tall. It will make you look taller and more confident.
8) One of the key signs that someone likes you is when they mirror your body language. They’ll face you, cross their arms when you cross your arms, touch their hair when you do, or smile.
Doing this to your co-workers and boss — in a natural way, of course — can create a bond and a likability between the two of you.
9) One of the tricks to appear more confident is to smile. It makes you look friendlier and more approachable.
10) While most us try not to judge a book by its cover, it’s unavoidable at work or during an interview. How you dress depicts the kind of story you’re telling to others. Dress smartly and take care with your appearance. Generally, we are judged by our first impressions, so make yours amazing.