Going on an interview, speaking in front of a crowd, or meeting someone for the first time… whatever the occasion, and there doesn’t even have to be an occasion, research shows that we can boost our confidence in seconds through our body positioning.
Most of us know that our body language changes the way others perceive us, but research now shows that our body positioning changes the way we see ourselves. Our body language can actually make use more confident.
You see, the brain doesn’t just send information to our body, our body also sends information to our brain. If we slouch our shoulders and hang our head low we will feel much different about ourselves than if we hold our head up and extend our arms above our head in a V position.
I am not suggesting that you walk into an interview with your hands extended above your head, but if you do this in the mirror for several seconds before your interview, you will actually feel more confident when you meet your interviewer.
If you are interested in boosting your confidence and changing the way you see yourself in only a few seconds, I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on how your body language shapes who you are.