As Ursula the sea witch famously said, “Don’t underestimate the importance of body language.“
Some tricks, like remembering to smile, are pretty easy to implement in your everyday life.
However, there are other techniques that, while relatively commonsense, are somewhat trickier to tackle.
Still, they can make a huge difference.
Here are eight body language hacks that can be tricky to master, but will definitely pay off forever once you do:
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1. Mirror the person you’re speaking to
Mirroring — or aligning your body to match the position of whoever you’re speaking to — can be a tough skill to master. But doing it shows admiration and agreement, says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder.
It can be hard to do this subtly, without looking like you’re mimicking or mocking someone, but this is definitely a good trick to employ if you’re really trying to make a good impression.
2. Walk with purpose and energy
Not everyone walks with confidence. Some of us shuffle through life with a slumping, awkward gait.
And it can be tough to change the way we walk. But if you take some steps to improve it, you can help to ensure that people don’t make snap judgments about your confidence, attractiveness, and trustworthiness, according to Scientific American.
3. Maintain good eye contact
It’s all in the eyes.
People with a shaky gaze often come across as anxious, distracted, or dishonest. And it can be tough to master the skill of maintaining eye contact, since it’s a very uncomfortable and unnatural thing for some people. But it’s a practice that can help you immensely in life.
Luckily, there are some simple techniques for maintaining better eye contact if you feel your stare isn’t cutting it.
In “How To Talk To Anyone,” author and communication expert Leil Lowndes advises that you should “pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner’s with sticky, warm taffy.”
Once you master this trick, you’ll immediately see an improvement in your face-to-face communications with others.