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Have you ever met someone who exudes confidence and charisma as soon as they enter a room? The type of person other people naturally gravitate towards, respect, and trust?
Have you ever wanted to be like that person?
Most people would be lying if they said no, but probably also feel that you can’t achieve such a self-assured persona unless you were born that way. However, the truth is that you can learn to project an image of confidence just like you can learn any other skill.
Follow These Tips To Look More Confident
Think About Your Body Language
The way that you hold yourself and use nonverbal cues has a considerable impact on how confident you appear. For instance, try the following tips:
- Stand tall and keep your posture open to invite conversation and interaction – crossing your arms can make you seem closed off
- Maintain good posture when sitting – a slumped position with rounded shoulders will instantly make you look insecure
- Hold eye contact with people when you’re talking to them – looking away can make you appear nervous or disinterested
- Smile – it’s contagious and will help people to feel more comfortable and positive in your presence
- Don’t fidget – this gives an impression of boredom, nervousness, or frustration
- When beginning a business interaction or meeting someone new socially, start with a firm handshake and a genuine smile
It can be helpful to observe how confident people conduct themselves and then have a go at mirroring their body language.
Dress The Part
The clothes you wear say a lot about the type of person you are. If you want to come across as successful and confident, you need to dress that way. That means choosing clean, ironed, and tailored clothes to fit you well. Ensure that you’re dressed appropriately for the situation. What you wear to a bar will, of course, be different from what you wear for a business meeting, but always aim to dress better than expected. Going over the top will make you look and feel out of place but being slightly more formal than other people will reflect positively on you. Don’t forget to accessorize with jewelry or a men’s luxury watch and perfectly polished shoes for those all-important finishing touches.
Consider What You Say
Simply looking the part isn’t enough. To truly maintain an image of confidence, you must think about how you speak. Part of this comes down to using the correct grammar when talking, but it’s also related to the topics you choose to talk about. Commit to being a lifelong learner so that you can master the art of intelligent conversation. The broader the range of topics you can converse comfortably on, the less likely you are to suffer a crisis of confidence when a subject comes up that you know nothing about. Read widely, take courses in fields you find interesting, listen to podcasts, travel as much as possible, and stay up to date on current events.
One final tip is to always maintain a positive outlook. People are naturally drawn to optimists rather than pessimists, so embrace a happy and enthusiastic mindset wherever you can.