How do you appear confident on the outside even if you are not feelin’ it on the inside?
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in San Francisco recently held an event featuring Lisa Rowland, a consultant with SpeechSkills to give a 2 hour primer called, “The Credibility Code.” In these 2 hours, Lisa shared tips and tricks to appear confident through adjusting body language.
Here are Lisa’s top 3 things to focus on for increasing how confident you appear:
- Posture (Stand up straight, keep your head level and point your nose directly at your listener)
- Voice (Articulate clearly, keep your pacing relaxed, speak with optimal volume – not too loud or too soft, though most of us could stand to speak a bit louder)
- Eye contact (Hold eye contact for 3 – 5 seconds per person when speaking to a group of people and keep your attention forward)
The workshop was great; I came out of it being more aware of the way I hold myself and the way that I communicate others. I’ve realized as well that I may have habits that take away my credibility and make me appear less confident, even when I am feeling confident internally, and have been able to correct some of these.
Part of being a working professional, in any industry, includes instilling a sense of trust and authority into the clients or stakeholders that you work with. Whether you’re an optometrist, sales person, sailor or line cook, confidence is key.
A huge thank you to YNPN and Lisa Rowland for making this happen.
What have you learned about confidence in your life? Are there any tricks you’ve learned to make you appear (and maybe even feel) more confident?
Let me know if you notice any difference in the way people perceive you with any of the tips above.