5 Powerful Body Language Secrets Worth Remembering
Have you ever noticed how so many successful people exude a breezy confidence that seems to explain exactly why they happen to be successful? And while success will certainly make you feel emboldened and confident in your abilities, it turns out that, in fact, your body language itself can spur greater successes.
Read on for five body language secrets that are proven powerful.
Stand up straight.
It's perhaps the most important foundation for positive body language: Standing up tall and erect makes us feel better on a brain chemistry level and also directly correlates with how others perceive us.
Fiddling with your hair, the hem of your sleeves, or even your phone registers as anxiety and discomfort, no matter how subtle. If you're a chronic fidgeter, try to bring heightened awareness to your habits so that you can take a deep breath and reset whenever you feel yourself reverting.
Unfold your arms.
Another well-known body language no-no, crossing your arms not only places the person you are interacting with at a distance, but makes you appear closed off, even insecure. The most successful people do not hesitate to open up and share their confidence with others.
Don't nod too much.
Nodding along to a story is a natural way to display understanding and empathy. But going overboard on the gesture can come off fake and cloying. Stick to a more subtle acknowledgment other than bobbing your head up and down.
Quit checking the time.
A truly charismatic conversationalist succeeds by making whomever they speak to feel as though they're the only person in the room, and nothing pumps the breaks on a productive conversation more than one party compulsively checking the time.
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