Wednesday, August 24, 2016
From JD Journal (here):
- Stand up tall, as though the top of your head is being pulled up by a string, but relax your shoulders.
- Stand with your feet as wide as your hips. Standing with your feet too wide may make you appear cocky, while standing with your feet together implies hesitation or shyness.
- Pull your shoulders back slightly, but don’t puff out your chest. You want to appear relaxed, but not imposing.
- Keep your core tight to help both your posture and your gracefulness while moving.
- Smile when you enter a room, as though you’re really happy to be there.
- Make eye contact and don’t break it quickly. We all have a tendency to look away after making eye contact, but holding it for longer can make you appear more relaxed and confident.
- Use a firm handshake but don’t use excessive pressure. If someone else is giving a weak handshake, don’t squeeze too hard.
- Open your stance towards the person you’re talking to and angle yourself towards them. This shows you’re giving them your full attention.
- Don’t lean on or against the wall or other objects.
- Mirror the other person’s posture and movements. Did they smile? Smile back. Pick up their coffee? Do the same. Just don’t be obvious or they might start to consciously notice.