Confidence is that powerful quality that some people seem to be born with. They walk into a room and immediately command attention – without saying a word. World leaders have it, company CEOs have it, and so do politicians, lawyers and successful entrepreneurs. Power does it to you. It straightens up your back, lengthens your stride and expands your chest, making you seem more assertive, self-assured and confident.
But what about those of us who do not yet wield great power? Can we do something to look and feel more confident? Absolutely! The secret to it is to take control of our body language. Body language and emotions influence each other. When you feel an emotion, your body shows that feeling. For example, when you feel sad, you bow your head, you hunch your shoulders, you avoid eye contact. However, the opposite is also true. When you straighten up your back, open up your chest and maintain eye contact, you instantly feel more powerful, confident and in control. The mind shapes the body but the body also shapes the mind.
The 'Boost your confidence with body language' workshop as part of our Learning at Work Week here at the Royal College of Physicians was a breath of fresh air.Magdalena MucharzewskaHR & Learning Officer, Royal Collega of Physicians