Do you remember your body language in your last meeting? You probably can’t recall if your handshake could crack knuckles or if you held eye contact too long. Body language can make or break your work performance and even impact your reputation. When we feel confident our posture naturally matches our performance. The times we don’t feel like super stars can show in how we carry ourselves. These unintentional communications can speak louder than that impressive presentation you worked all night on.
The good news is … You’re awesome and the entire office deserves to know. So if you are guilty (like I have been before) of not letting this awesomeness shine through your body language, there’s ways to fix this pronto.
Smiling is pretty easy. Even if you are having a rough day, smiling can instantly make you and the people around you feel better. You will be remembered as a more positive employee and excited to do your job. Smiling also makes you standout and be remembered better than colleagues who don’t show off their pearly whites.
- Take up space girl!
You probably have heard this term before and may not be sure what it means. By standing or sitting straight, keeping your chin up and holding your head high you are letting the room know your space is valuable. Power stances also help you take up space. Practice a few before going in to a big meeting and you will feel more confident instantly.
- Eye contact
This is probably one of the most difficult to remember. When we are thinking or trying to be mindful in what we will say next, we can lose eye contact. Eye contact with the person you are speaking to creates a sense of self-confidence and also closeness. No need to be creepy, just hold eye contact long enough to do the job.
- Remind yourself your’e amazing
Body language can help guide our self-confidence. More importantly, creating daily opportunities to remind yourself that you are as great on the inside as you are on the outside will work wonders. Try subscribing to inspirational quotes that come to your inbox every morning or just writing yourself a positive message on a sticky note before your morning coffee.