Your body sends people signals all the time, without paying attention to them. The way you move your eyes, the way you shake a hand and so on. There are things you can do to send subconscious signals using body language that make people like you better, or at least give you the benefit of the doubt. This article compiles the best body language tricks for you to make friends and influence people, starting from today!
9. Steeple your hands
This projects an image of intelligence and confidence. It will make you appear more interesting and trustworthy. This works best in more formal environments, use it when talking to your superiors and watch your credibility go skywards. You can also do this when someone is saying something important to you, as it makes you look very attentive and shows the speaker that they have your full and undivided attention.
8. Posture is important
Posture influences the first impression people have about you. This is why positive posture is vital when it comes to influencing people. Positive posture includes standing straight (no slouching!) while looking relaxed. Sit straight and keep some tension in your core, but don’t look rigid. Besides making you more likable, it will also make you feel more confident.
7. Master the handshake
The ideal handshake is firm, yet gentle. Use firm pressure, but don’t squeeze the other person’s hand too hard. Make eye contact when you shake hands, as looking away signifies disrespect or a sneaky attitude. Finally, when looking into someone’s eyes during the shake, smile as if you saw something in their eyes that makes you happy.
6. Mirror your posture
Mirroring the other person’s posture is a powerful psychological tool that will influence his/her opinion of you. Without being too obvious, copy their movements subtly. Cross your arms if they cross theirs, take a sip of your drink with them and simply smile when they do.
5. Tone down the fidget
Fidgeting makes you look shifty, uncomfortable or even childish. Don’t move around too much during a serious conversation. Constant gesturing will make you appear anxious and over-excited. Instead, simply fix a constant gaze on the listener and show them that you’re fully concentrated on what is going on.
4. The Big-Baby Pivot
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