Be it a professional or a personal setup, actions do speak louder than words. They give away details about your personality which you would otherwise hold dear to yourself. But there is a way to get around it. Successful people around the world have certain habits that make an effective and tangible impact on others. Here are 10 body language habits of successful people you need to adopt…
1. Eye Contact
Even if you are shy and have trouble approaching people, your first step to exude confidence is to maintain eye contact. Let them know you are interested in discussing something specific. Looking everywhere (but towards the person you are talking to) can make the other person feel you are inattentive and not really interested in talking to them.
2. A Firm Handshake
Make sure you greet the other person with a firm and steady handshake. Because neither nimble nor a bone-crushing one helps you leave a positive impression on the other person. A good handshake also indicates respect and security.
3. Smile Baby, Smile
Smiling makes you come across as a welcoming, positive person who’s considerate. It also helps you to ease into your natural self and be visibly less nervous, even if you don’t have control over a given situation.
4. Have The Right Posture
Slouching on your desk makes you look disinterested whereas the when you sit up straight, it shows a sense of authority and power. Sitting up straight is also a sign of confidence that you have about your body.
5. Keep Your Arms Open
Successful people always keep their arms open while conversing, which indicates that they are flexible and available to people. Try not to clench your fists or curl your toes when you talk to someone. It shows you’re nervousness and doesn’t give a positive vibe to the other person.
6. Fidgeting With Your Hair
Again, this trait makes one appear distracted and insecure to other people. So, if you don’t want to be dismissed or not taken seriously during an important meeting, avoid playing with your hair and be focused.
7. Use Appropriate Gestures
Don’t move your arms excessively or exaggerate your overall body language to seem comfortable and confident. Moving your hands a lot makes it difficult for other people to focus on what you’re talking, because an excess of anything can put people off.
8. Dress Wisely
Appearance is a major factor in communicating what you want, effectively. Dress as per the occasion and make sure you’re neither over or underdressed. If your workplace or institution has a dress code, adhere to it and wear smart outfits which complement your personality.
9. Listen And Acknowledge
In order to be a successful individual, you need to be a good listener. When you’re conversing with others, nod, smile or use other gestures to acknowledge them and show that they have your attention.
10. Chin Up And Walk Tall
Confidence is a prerequisite to achieving anything in life. So, make sure your body conveys that effectively. It’s okay to feel conscious but you must get over your fear; keep your chin up and walk tall.
Published on Mar 13, 2017