Yes the way you move your body and the way you walk has an enormous effect on the way you feel and your confidence levels.
You know, your feelings are linked to what is going on in your head and how you are moving your body. The way that you move sends subconscious messages to your mind and this either helps or hinders the way that you feel.
Emotion is created by motion. If you sit still for a long period of time your natural energy levels automatically lower. What happens when you get up, walk around and return to your seat? You have more energy and you’re given a boost. I can’t stress how important it is to move and act confidently and positively. You will give off all the right vibes to everyone around you and it will make them think that you are confident even if you’re not feeling it inside. Yes, that’s right. Even if you’re not feeling confident, act as though you are.
So, how do you do this? Well, walk fast and with a purpose. Don’t saunter along, walk like you know exactly where you are going and when you get there you mean business!
Gesture with your hands as you talk, it will create motion and you know what that leads to – EMOTION! The right gestures also have a major impact on building rapport as long as you’re not shaking your fist! All it takes is a smile!
Think for a moment about your confidence role model. One thing that confident people have in common is that they all probably smile a lot and are happier than their negative counterparts. It may sound silly, but there is a lot of power associated with a smile. What I would like you to do is to start smiling more often. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to walk around with a silly grin on your face all of the time. But smile as you walk down the street, when you talk to someone, even when you look in the mirror at yourself. You will be surprised at how better you will feel for it, and it will project a positive image to all others – one that will attract opportunities and people. Remember that confident people are happy people and negative people are not. Happy people are also seen as more attractive than unhappy and sad people so that is an added bonus!
You know, the way that we communicate in our appearance, posture, gesture, gaze and expression can be such a powerful tool in the way that we feel and when communicating with others. The manner in which you communicate and the interpersonal skills you demonstrate are also very important. Effective communication is vital if you are going to succeed no matter what you are doing.
Quicklearn specialises in coaching and small group training to improve the way we communicate. In next Tuesday’s blog read some ideas for improving your confidence levels and enhancing your communication skills.