So here are some quick fixes and recommendations that you should start to put into practice:
Dress to win – Look at your appearance and ask yourself:
- Do I feel confident?
- Do I look confident?
- What could I do with my appearance to give me the edge?
Handshakes – Never give a limp wrist handshake, make sure it is firm but not too hard
Smile a lot more than you have been doing – even if you are a comedian!
Walk tall with your head and shoulders back. Walk at a brisk pace
When you talk to people look them straight in the eye
Keep on moving – Motion creates emotion
If you are ever feeling down, just look at your body language and change it immediately even if it is false – YOU WILL start to feel better and more confident immediately.
First impressions count – so when you are going to meet people for the first time, think what first impression you want to give them.
Take more notice of others’ body language. You can normally tell what others are feeling by the way that they are moving and using their body too. When you are more aware of it you can use this to your advantage.
Quicklearn provides one to one coaching in confidence building especially if you are preparing to give a presentation or speak in public. Charlotte is the author of the Useful Guide to Public Speaking packed full of ideas for improving the way we communicate