10 body language hacks to project confidence and power


1. Take up space

Convey confidence and assertiveness by taking up enough space to feel comfortable, using larger gestures, sitting widely, and putting your chest out. 

2. Don’t move around too much

To appear refined and convey power, keep your head and torso still and avoid excessive movement during conversations, but utilize purposeful movement when necessary. 

3. Be aware of people’s and your own personal space

Maintain appropriate personal space by leaning forward slightly in conversations and taking a wider stance during public speaking for increased power and authority. 

4. Be aware of your facial expression

Facial expressions convey thoughts, so a smile can make you appear confident, while neutral or positive expressions are preferred in business, and authenticity is key with friends. 

5. Show your hands

Avoid putting your hands in your pockets or crossing your arms, as it can make you appear defensive, timid, uninviting, or uptight, instead keep your hands visible. 

6. Mirror other people’s body language

Matching people's energy through body language mirroring builds relationships, increases likability, trust, and confidence for both parties. 

7. Maintain eye contact

Maintain eye contact by focusing on different parts of the person's face every 2-3 seconds, such as their eyes, nose, and mouth, to convey confidence and attentiveness without making them feel uncomfortable. 

8. Trim out filler word

Avoid filler words like "like", "um", and "you know" to be more articulate, concise, and confident in conversations and public speaking. 

9. Try to lower your voice

Speaking in the lower register of your vocal range can make you sound more confident and reliable to others, according to studies. 

10. Put your hand on your chest

Placing your palm on your heart is a universal symbol of goodwill that makes people think you are honest and trustworthy, establishing an immediate rapport with your audience. 

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