In business, appearance matters — and that includes how you carry yourself. Here are seven body language tricks powerful business leaders use to radiate confidence.
1. MAKE EYE CONTACT
“When someone is talking to you, make sure you look them in the eye,” said career coach Becky Berry. “If you’re uncomfortable looking them in the eye, look at their nose or ears.”Looking down or looking around makes you look nervous, she said.
2. TALK WITH YOUR HANDS
“Power is communicated by gestures,” said Patti Wood, a body language expert and author. “Research shows that charismatic leaders use gestures four times as often as others do when they talk.”
3. SIT UPRIGHT
“People who are confident sit up straight and tall,” Berry said. “Keep your head up.”
4. STAND UP STRAIGHT
“When you hold or move your body the way you would like to feel, the posture actually sends a message to the brain: ‘Hey, I am feeling great, positive and up,'” Wood said. Standing tall with your head held high automatically makes you feel more confident, she said.
5. DON’T FIDGET
“Fidgeting implies nervousness,” Berry said. “If you must fidget, try to do it below your desk.” And “whatever you do, don’t make noise while fidgeting,” she added.
6. DON’T CROSS YOUR LEGS
“Women, don’t cross your legs at the knee,” Berry said. “It cuts off your power center and puts you at a disadvantage. Instead, sit with your feet side-by-side.”
7. LOOSEN UP YOUR VOCAL CHORDS
“We tend to tighten the vocal chords when we are tense, and the high, sometimes screechy sound does not sound powerful,” Wood said. “Bring down your voice.” “Talk in a conversational tone,” Berry said. “People who can control their voices look like leaders.”