Note: This is an excerpt from my book Confidence Hacks: 99 Small Actions to Massively Boost Your Confidence.
Stop reading for a moment, and notice how you are sitting or standing.
Where are your arms?
What is the expression on your face?
If someone were to walk in the room right now, what preconceptions might they make about you simply based on your body language?
If you don't think your body has a language of its own, think again. A large percentage of communication and how people perceive you comes from body language. This includes posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. Your body language might reveal your true feelings or intentions.
Perhaps you feel tired, angry, bored, frustrated, or enthusiastic, but some of these might not be feelings you want to communicate in a given situation. Do you really want your boss to know his speech is making your eyes glaze over?
Understanding and managing body language boosts your confidence in two ways.
First, by managing your body language and sending appropriate signals in specific situations, you receive positive feedback and feel assured you aren't sabotaging your own success or the perceptions of others.
More importantly, when you practice powerful, positive body language, you're sending messages to your brain to reinforce positive, confident feelings. Confident body language actually makes you feel more confident.