Confidence is a key component in creating a strong, capable professional image. Last week, we discussed different aspects of your speech that can affect how confident you appear. In addition to your speech, facets of your appearance can project confidence as well. Take a look at the following tips to help you look confident and secure in your business communication:
Straighten Up: Posture is a critical component of a confident image. Slouching creates the impression that you are insecure in your actions and want to blend into the background as much as possible. Stand with your shoulders back, your spine straight, and your chin level with the floor. The same rules apply while sitting: avoid overly casual postures that involve slumping, and maintain strong posture.
Maintain a Strong Stance: When standing and speaking with someone, it’s not only your posture that affects your image, but your stance as well. Stand with your feet roughly shoulder width apart, with your weight evenly distributed. Maintain an even stance, and avoid shifting your weight from foot to foot. Fidgeting or leaning against an object can make you appear to be overly casual and unprofessional.
Look Em’ in the Eye: When speaking with someone, maintain eye contact during the interaction. While you don’t want to stare them down, looking away too frequently can project insecurity and discomfort. Try to maintain eye contact for approximately five seconds at a time, briefly averting your eyes in between.
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