We all know that body language is an important way we communicate with others as well as ourselves. So it doesn’t hurt to have more body awareness and understand how it can strengthen us–physically, emotionally and mentally–for everyday challenges. Whether you’re going for a job interview, stepping out to make a presentation or simply want to look (and feel) more confident the next time you walk into a room, body language expert and confidence coach Yana German has five helpful tips so you can hit your stride.
Keep Your Head Up High
It’s what your mom told you as a child when you were down, but turns out she was right. Keeping your head up not only helps you to look confident and prepared, but you feel like you can take on anything when your chin is lifted and you are facing the situation head-on.
Find a Focal Point
Whether you are facing a camera or a potential employer, it’s important to look right past the person and not straight in the eyes or the lens of the camera. This can cause you to be distracted and will also affect your posture. If you pause to speak to someone, then it is smart to look them in the eyes.
Relax Your Hands
Clenched hands are one of the first giveaway signs that you are stressed. Instead, relax your hands and them glide behind your body.
Walk with a Purpose
By crossing your left foot over your right foot when you walk, not only do your legs look longer and slimmer, but it shows you know where you are going.
Keep a Neutral Neck
A tell-tale sign of someone who is nervous is someone who is literally sticking her head out in front of herself. The best way to get into a neutral and confident position is by taking a deep breath in, open your chest and relax your shoulders. Your neck will naturally sit in its neutral and power position.
Yana German is the founder of the Yana German School of Walk where she teaches women and men how to transform their lives one step at a time.