There are two things you need to master as an entrepreneur to ensure that people will take you seriously. Those two things are confidence and mastering body language. When you learn to read your competition through body language, you are essentially able to predict their next move. It is important to keep in mind that oral and verbal communication is only 50% of how we communicate. The other half usually comes in nonverbal cues and actions – such as body language. If you do not have confidence in your abilities to move and give off a great first impression, you will be fighting an uphill battle from the start!
To make a lasting impression, you want to make sure that your posture heading into the competition is on point. Having a straight posture means having your body aligned with your head up and chest out. Not only does his help ooze confidence, it also is a great way to stand out. When you head into any conference or meeting, there is assuredly people that will be scared and nervous. It is okay to be! Just be sure not to show it! Mastering body language can help the way people perceive you. Who is going to look better: someone with their chest forward and confident or someone who has their head down with their hands in their pocket?
A big smile is a great way to stand out as well. Smiling is a simple and effective way to show friendliness and openness. People will be more willing to approach someone if they seem to elicit the same energy. As we all know, finding connections and networking is one of the greatest tools in anyone’s asset. No one likes to do business with someone who looks grumpy and mad all the time!
Gestures are a part of everyday life. Some signs are universal and well known throughout the world. Everyone knows what an okay sign or thumbs up sign means. When you want to show confidence, make sure to pay attention to these gestures. Make sure to balance both your verbal and body language. Making eye contact when giving someone the thumbs up can be gratifying and exemplified. Imagine someone giving you a thumbs up but is looking away. This can come off as arrogant and unfriendly. The small things usually mean the most! When you approach any sort of contact, be sure to maintain eye contact. This is one of the easiest ways to appear more confident and assertive. It is all in the eyes; a bit of practice can help take you a long way in life.
You always want to mirror the person you speaking to. By doing so, it often shows agreement and purpose. Learning to this can be tricky but can be a great way to land a first good impression. Always walk with purpose and energy. You have to walk the walk and talk the talk. Everything comes with time and experience. You want to find the perfect balance between assertion and stiffness. Being to straightforward can come off as too aggressive while remaining too stiff can come off as a bit unnatural and possibly dishonest. All in all, make sure you stand up straight and keep your hands out your pockets!
Now that you have learned the subtle art of body language, you are in a prime position to be heads and shoulders above the competition.
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