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6 Body Language Hacks for Instant Confidence Boost

Confidence is key in various aspects of life, whether it's in the workplace, during social interactions, or when making a first impression. How we carry ourselves through body language plays a significant role in how others perceive us. In this post, I'll give you six powerful body language tips that can instantly boost your level of confidence. Whether you’re a young professional navigating the corporate world, or someone seeking to improve their interpersonal skills, this article is for you!

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Why is Confidence Important?

Confidence not only influences how others perceive us but also impacts our own self-esteem and success. According to research by Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy, adopting confident body language can lead to hormonal changes that increase feelings of power and dominance, consequently enhancing performance in high-pressure situations. By mastering these body language hacks, you can unlock opportunities for career advancement, foster stronger relationships, and establish competence and authority.

Body Language Hacks for Instant Confidence

1. Power Pose

Strike a power pose by standing tall with your shoulders back and chin up. This posture not only conveys confidence but also triggers physiological changes that boost testosterone levels and reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. So if you have an important meeting or presentation, find a private space to stand in a “Wonder Woman” pose before you put yourself out there. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, put your hands on the hips, and lift your chest. Stay in this pose for at least two minutes to boost your confidence and readiness. You can thank me later!

Woman standing with her hands on the hips power pose

2. Maintain Eye Contact

Establishing and maintaining eye contact is an important social skill in both personal and professional environments. Research shows that people who maintain balanced eye contact during social interactions are more likely to be remembered for what they said and for their face. They are perceived as more believable and more confident and intelligent. According to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, maintaining eye contact helps to create a connection and makes others perceive you as more trustworthy and competent.

Aim to establish eye contact with the person you’re talking to at the very beginning of your interaction. A good technique is to use the 50/70 rule where you try to maintain eye contact for 50% of the time when speaking and 70% of the time when listening.  Aim to hold eye contact for 4-5 seconds long before taking a break and looking to the side (not to the floor as this can show lack of confidence).


When taking a break from eye contact, try making a gesture or nodding in response to what the other person is saying. This appears more natural and engaged than simply looking away due to discomfort with prolonged eye contact.

3. Firm Handshake

A firm handshake communicates strength and confidence. Ensure your handshake is neither too limp nor overly aggressive. Remember to maintain eye contact and smile when offering your hand, as this sets a positive tone for the interaction. For more guidance on proper handshakes—such as who should offer their hand first and when it might be inappropriate to offer a handshake—consider exploring our ebook, “From Shy to Shine,” or get in touch with us for personalized advice.

4. Open Posture

Avoid crossing your arms or legs, as this closed-off posture can signal defensiveness or insecurity. Instead, maintain an open posture by keeping your arms relaxed at your sides and your body facing the person you’re interacting with. This cue works both ways: if you see a group of people with open body language, it signals that they are approachable and welcoming. When attending a networking event or meeting, consciously keep your body language open and inviting, signaling approachability and confidence.

5. Smile

A genuine smile not only brightens your face but also projects warmth and approachability. Smiling can instantly lift your mood and the mood of those around you, fostering positive connections and interactions. Take a moment to observe yourself in the mirror and consider what your resting face is communicating. By optimizing your resting face as part of your overall presence, you can enhance your trustworthiness and positive presence.

When I first started attending networking events, I was nervous and unsure of myself. However, I made it a point to greet everyone with a warm and genuine smile. I noticed that people were more open and receptive to engaging with me, which helped me build valuable connections. So, when entering a room or meeting someone new, greet them with a warm and genuine smile to create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

6. Visible Hands

Try to keep your hands visible at all times, whether you’re sitting, standing or walking. Hiding your hand in your pockets or behind your back, can give the impression that you have something to hide. Keeping your hands visible suggests that you may be trusted, that you are transparent and that you are not carrying a weapon, hence coming in peace. 

Mastering these body language hacks can have a profound impact on your confidence levels and how you’re perceived by others. By incorporating these techniques into your daily routine, you can navigate social and professional situations with poise and assurance, ultimately unlocking new opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Ready to boost your confidence and achieve your goals with the power of body language? Check out our offer of etiquette ebooks and start your journey to personal refinement today! Don’t let self-doubt hold you back—take charge of your confidence journey today!

For more tips on mastering social event etiquette and enhancing your personal brand, explore our online courses and digital etiquette ebooks. Sign up for a free consultation to learn how we can help you become the best version of yourself.

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Kristina Szabova is a certified Etiquette Consultant and member of the International Association of Professional Etiquette Consultants.