Confident Body Language Cues (Appear More Confident)

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 9 min.

So you want to know how to look more confident and think body language is key? Well, if that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place! There are many tools and techniques you can use to gain confidence and feel great. We will take a look at many of them in this post.

Confident body language is when we feel good, look great and project to the world we internally feel on top form. However, if you don’t feel this way internally, there are a few things you can do to start shifting towards a more confident display of your body. If we want to look at body language, we will need to look at what it is, and then we will look at some confident body language displays.

What Is Common Body Language?

How To Have Confident Body Language

Body language is a form of nonverbal communication in which physical behaviors, such as facial expressions, gestures, and posture, are used to convey messages. It can be used to communicate emotions and intentions, and it can also make you appear more confident. Good body language can make you appear more confident, while poor body language can make you appear nervous or uninterested. In one of those situations where you need to appear confident, good body language can help you feel more confident.

So, how do we appear more confident? Well, I’m glad you asked.

How To Look Confident With Your Body Language

The way you carry yourself can have a huge impact on how you’re perceived by others. It’s important to understand how your body language affects other people and learn how to control it to be confident. I suggest you check out How To Read Body Language & Nonverbal Cues (The Correct Way) for a more in-depth understanding.

When it comes to nonverbal communication, we also have to take into account the context of the situation so that we can understand how to display and use these techniques. So, what is context from a body language point of view?

Understand Context First.

Confident Body Language While Talking

The context in terms of body language is where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing. These are factual bits of information you can use to give you clues as to how to project your body language. When it comes to being confident, you need to feel comfortable with your surroundings. This will play a massive part in how we learn to become more confident and positive with ourselves.

Next up we will take a look at my top 12 confident body language cues and how to use them correctly.

12 Confident Body Language Cues.

  1. Make eye contact.
  2. Smile.
  3. Good posture. (stand up straight.)
  4. Have an open posture.
  5. Keep your hands out of your pockets.
  6. Relax.
  7. Don’t fidget.
  8. Make sure your clothing fits well.
  9. Uncrossed arms.
  10. Leaning in.
  11. Feet positioning.
  12. Nodding.
  13. Hand Steppling.

Make eye contact.

One of the first areas of body language we must learn is eye contact. This is a balancing act if you don’t know how to do this. You need to know where to look and when to look. Most people will follow your eyes when in conversation so it’s important to get it right. For more details, check out this article. Body Language Of The Eyes (Learn All You Need To Know)

Good posture. (Standing up straight.)

How you carry yourself will show the world how you feel – think about it, when you’re feeling down, you may walk with your head down and everything becomes a drag. When you’re feeling confident, you may stand a little taller. The way I learnt how to have good posture was to imagine a gold string running from my spine and pulling me up to the heavens. Standing up straight will also lift your mood and start to build that all-important confidence within.

Have an open posture.

Having open postures is a great way to display confidence within a group or one-on-one. For example, when you talk with a group or someone, use open hand gestures to display your palms. This does two things: it shows the room you’re not concealing anything and lets others know that you’re confident in what you’re saying. You can also go as far as to spread your fingers apart.

Keep your hands out of your pockets.

A very common body language cue of someone who lacks confidence is to keep their hands in their pockets. You want to keep your hands on display to build trust and confidence with other people.

Relax.

Relax. It’s easier said than done, but the more you can control your internal feelings, the better you will become at staying in control of your body language. Most people can pick up on nervous body language displays. If you’re feeling nervous or need to gain control for any reason, you can always curl your toes in your shoes. This helps focus the mind and remove any excess energy.

Don’t fidget.

A big one to display confident body language don’t fidget or move a lot – fidgeting can show there is something going on within you. Be cool!

Make sure your clothing fits well.

Most people don’t think of clothing as body language, but it is, in fact, very much so. What we wear on our bodies to cover and protect displays who we really are or want to become. It also helps if we feel we look good or at our best if we feel confident.

Uncrossed Or Crossed arms.

Double-edged sword this one; you have to think about context to get it right. When it comes to uncrossed arms or crossed arms it can show you are in control or just as easyly show you are being come closed off. If you are unsure don’t cross your arms would be our advice.

Leaning in.

To display confidence in a conversation, make sure to lean in slightly every so often. This demonstrates that you are taking time to listen to what they’re saying, while also displaying your own confidence as well.

Feet positioning.

When you want to go somewhere, your feet point to the direction you want to go. So when it comes to displaying confident body language, make sure you point your feet toward the person you’re speaking with. This will reassure them on an unspoken level that you’re sticking around.

Nodding.

Nodding your head in agreement displays confidence to others that you are in control and agree with what they are saying. Again, this is based on the context of the conversation, so don’t nod your head just because you think it looks good – do it when you agree with someone to show them they are correct.

Hand steeping.

A lot of people use steeping to display confidence. This is because it’s a complex body language cue that gets right a lot of extra energy. When you use the steeping, don’t do it in front of anyone who is senior to you unless you are on stage or giving a talk. Steeping can be seen as a dominant body language cue.

The One Thing You Need To Remember In Confident Body Language.

Confident Powerful Body Language

There are two main types of body language:

1. Positive body language- This type of body language is more open, and it is often associated with confidence or a sense of “I can do anything”.

2. Negative body language- This type of body language can be seen as closed off and withdrawn.

The key to calm body language is breathing deeply and into your stomach, not moving too fast, and being attentive to your environment.

What Is The Best Way To Improve Your Body Language To Look More Confident?

Confident Body Language For Guys

The following are some simple strategies for improving your body language to look more confident:

  • Stand up straight and tall with your chin slightly elevated. This will make you seem more confident and self-assured.
  • Focus on doing what you’re doing, instead of worrying about how it may be perceived by others or what other people are thinking.
  • Avoid crossing your arms across your chest, which can indicate feelings of insecurity or defensiveness.
  • Keep impeccable hygiene.
  • Smile as you walk into a room.
  • Be on time.
  • Learn from the best body language experts.
  • Be well organized in your business and personal life.

You can also check out my blog on You Don’t Have To Say It. Negative Body Language Examples to give you some ideas on what not to do.

Confident Body Language Exercises

Confident Body Language In Meetings

Confident body language can be achieved by perfecting posture, hand gestures, eye contact, and tone in speech. These are some exercises you can do to feel more confident:

  • Start observing people in social settings.
  • Use more open displays of body language.
  • Use Illustrators as your talk.
  • Remove any barriers when you see them in conversation.
  • Use more regulators or manipulators as you communicate with others.
  • Read more books on the subject of body language.
  • Watch TedTalks on body language

How to get confident body language

First, make sure you have good posture. Stand up straight with your shoulders back and your head held high. This will make you appear more confident and in control. Second, avoid fidgeting or crossing your arms, as this can make you look nervous or insecure. Instead, try to relax and keep your hands at your sides or in your lap. Third, make eye contact when you’re talking to someone. This shows that you’re interested in what they’re saying and that you’re confident in yourself. Finally, smiling can also help you come across as more confident and approachable.

By following these tips, you can start using body language to project confidence. Remember that it takes practice to perfect your nonverbal communication skills, but with a little effort you can start making a positive impression today

How To Project Confident Body Language At Work?

How To Look More Confident With Your Body Language

Truly confident people always have an air of positivity about them, and they are almost always moving slowly and deliberately. They never move at a quick or unintended pace. Keep your movement slow and natural.

The first thing to do is to make sure you are standing up straight, the more confident you look the more confident you will feel. Have good strong eye contact, smile, and draw people in. Use mirror and matching where you can and build rapid rapport.

As with any other social skill, it takes a while to learn how to read other people’s body language and match it with your own. Be conscious of your own body language and practice in a mirror to see how you look and feel. Then go out in the real world and test this stuff out. A great book we highly recommend for learning body language is What Every Body Is Saying by Joe Navarro.

Frequently Asked Questions

Confident vs Arrogant Body Language.

Confidence and arrogance are similar in the way that they express themselves, but there are many differences.

Confidence is an expression of self-assurance in one’s abilities, usually with a positive outcome. When someone is confident, they usually have a relaxed body posture and will smile easily. Arrogance is an expression of superiority over others, often accompanied by a sense of entitlement. When someone is arrogant, they usually have an arrogant body posture and are not afraid to show it.

How To Spot Unconfident Body Language.

Body language is a powerful form of communication. It can be used to convey many different messages and can be more telling than what someone actually says.

Some people find it difficult to read body language, but it is important to know how to spot the signs. The most obvious sign of discomfort or unconfidence in body language is crossed arms. Other signs include touching one’s face or hair, looking down at the ground, playing with one’s fingers, and looking away from the speaker.

A person who is confident will usually have a strong posture (shoulders back) and will look directly at the speaker without fidgeting too much. They will also maintain eye contact for longer periods of time without breaking it for other actions like fidgeting with their hands or nervously playing with their hair. If you don’t see these signs in a person they are unconfident in the world.

Ted Talk Confidence Body Language

If you haven’t already you should check out the best body language Ted Talk on YouTube with Mark Bowden a little dated but still relevant.

Final Thoughts.

When it comes to confident body language, we need to start with our own confident feelings within ourselves. After we feel better about ourselves, we will automatically project confident body language. We hope you have enjoyed reading and learning about confident body language and non-verbal communication. Until next time, stay safe.

How To Spot Unconfident Body Language