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Master These Body Language Techniques to Increase Confidence and Success

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8 Body-Language Tricks That Are Hard to Master But Will Pay Off Forever

‘Be more deliberate about your movements at your next meeting. You’ll look far more confident and competent.’

by Áine Cain, Business Insider Writer

1. Mirror the person you’re speaking to.

Mirroring — aligning your body to match the position of whoever you’re speaking to — can be a tough skill to master. But doing it shows admiration and agreement, says Rosemary Haefner, the chief human-resources officer at CareerBuilder.

It can be hard to do this subtly, without looking like you’re mimicking or mocking someone, but it’s a good trick to employ if you’re trying to make a good impression.

2. Walk with purpose and energy.

Not everyone walks with confidence. Some of us shuffle through life with a slumping, awkward gait.

And it can be tough to change the way we walk. But if you take some steps to improve it, you can help to ensure that people don’t make snap judgments about your confidence, attractiveness, and trustworthiness, according to Scientific American.

3. Maintain good eye contact.

It’s all in the eyes.

People with a shaky gaze often come across as anxious, distracted, or dishonest. It can be tough to master the skill of maintaining eye contact, since it’s an uncomfortable and unnatural thing for some people. But it’s a practice that can help you immensely in life.

Luckily, there are some simple techniques for maintaining better eye contact if you feel your stare isn’t cutting it.

In “How To Talk To Anyone,” the author and communication expert Leil Lowndes advises you should “pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner’s with sticky, warm taffy.”

Once you master this trick, you’ll immediately see an improvement in your face-to-face communications with others.

4. Keep your hands visible.

It’s hard to know what to do with your hands sometimes, especially if you’re a somewhat nervous person.

As a result, you might take to compulsively jamming them in your pockets or crossing your arms. Those moves are understandable, but they also project a somewhat negative image.

As Business Insider previously reported, it’s important to keep your hands visible, lest you look like you’re hiding something.

Invite people in and allow them to trust you by using more open body language. Avoid positions that make you appear defensive — even if that’s how you’re feeling.

5. Don’t fidget, but don’t be too stiff.

Some people are just a bit twitchy — always drumming their fingers, tapping their feet, or twirling their hair. Some people are almost unnaturally still. The problem is that others may mistake that for dishonesty or fear.

That might be common knowledge, but Lillian Glass, a behavioral analyst and an expert on body language who has worked with the FBI on unmasking signals of deception, previously told Business Insider that you should also watch out for people who are not moving at all.

“This may be a sign of the primitive neurological ‘fight,’ rather than the ‘flight,’ response, as the body positions and readies itself for possible confrontation,” Glass said. “When you speak and engage in normal conversation, it is natural to move your body around in subtle, relaxed, and, for the most part, unconscious movements. So if you observe a rigid, catatonic stance devoid of movement, it is often a huge warning sign that something is off.”

If you can strike a balance between swaying and stiffness, you’ll be able to make a better impression with others.

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