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Demonstrating Openness and Confidence with Your Body Language

Part of the Body Language For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Your moods, attitudes and feelings impact on your body movements and facial expressions. People who feel good about themselves walk upright, move with purpose and radiate warmth and energy.

If you’re not feeling quite up to scratch, pretend that you are. People demonstrating a positive, open attitude are easier and more engaging to be around than people who show they have the blues.

If you want to be seen as trustworthy, confident and capable, try following some of these movements and expressions:

  • Stand with your legs hip-width apart.

  • Evenly distribute your weight on each leg.

  • Breathe from your abdomen.

  • Allow your chest to open.

  • Hold your head horizontally as if your chin were resting on a ledge.

  • Establish eye contact with another person.

  • Gesture with open palms.

  • Smile with your eyes and mouth.

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