Yeah, I’m talking to you. You’re the person walking through the school halls, hugging the walls, hoping no one bumps into you. You’re the one at work giving a presentation while looking at the floor, hunched over, and about as exciting as a bag of hammers. You’re the one who needs to learn to carry yourself confidently.
Here’s what you do:
- Take big strides when walking. Keep to the middle of the hallway versus against the wall. You’re not invisible so don’t act like you are.
- Keep a proper posture at all times. Raise you head. Stand up straight. Sit tall. Confident people do not slouch.
- Look people in the eyes. Have a firm handshake. You don’t have to glare at people, or rip their arm off while shaking. Just acknowledge their existence. Let them know you see them and that you exist.
- Use authoritative body language. Put your hands on your hips. Don’t fold your arms or cross your legs. You do not want to look nervous or create a protective attitude. People should see you’re in charge.
- When presenting or speaking to a group, move around the stage. Don’t stand in one place too long. You want to own that stage. By moving around you force people to follow you, which is how you become a leader.
I always show my students how the Grand Masters teach us to sit during test taking or photos. We always sit up straight, feet and knees shoulder width apart, and make two fists and put them on your thighs.
This is how you display confidence.
Now, GO DO IT!
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