Projecting self-confidence is a powerful tool in communicating capability and success. People naturally gravitate toward people who exude confidence and authenticity.

Besides influencing others, body language has the power to influence the user as well. This is because our mind and body are intrinsically connected and the state of one affects the other. For example, when your mood is low, your body language automatically changes to support your mood; your shoulders slump down, the chin is lowered, you drag your feet, and walk around listlessly. Similarly, if you are feeling low, something as simple as giving a wide smile can change your mood.

So let’s examine 7 quick tips to project self-confidence and accentuate your personal brand of charisma in any situation.

1. Expand your personal space – Powerful people are confident of their space and are not scared to use it. While standing, always stand tall, with shoulders relaxed but pulled slightly back, head held high, legs slightly apart and firmly planted on the ground.

2. Take a pause – All good speakers, politicians, and actors understand the value of a good pause. A pause can be used in multiple situations and can last from just a split second to an extended period, depending on the situation.

3. Look others in the eye – Powerful people always connect and communicate with their eyes. And once you make contact, don’t look away quickly. Linger long enough to make a connection.

4. Express with your hands – Confident people are always open and relaxed. They seldom use closed body postures like crossing their arms or remaining static or frozen during interactions.

5. “Steepling” – This is a hand gesture in which you join the tips of your fingers of both hands, while your palms remain untouched; like a church steeple. The higher the steeple the higher your perceived level of confidence.

6. Reduce mindless gestures – Make sure all your movements are measured and purposeful while making significant allowances for spontaneity and warmth.

7. Smile – A smile is an instant gateway to overcoming barriers both in you and others. When you smile you not only convey positive energy but also inspire confidence and affability in the other person.

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