Projecting confidence can get you a long way in your day-to-day life. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should fake it. If you feel anxious or uncertain on a regular basis, you should take the time to figure out why, and look to address these issues in a more introspective manner. If you’re simply looking to show a stronger and more confident face to the world, however, I have some basic tips you might want to try this summer for how to project confidence regularly.
Here are 5 simple ways to project confidence on a daily basis!
1. Avoid The Question Sound
Or, as this list put it, don’t articulate a statement as a question. You know how this goes, because we all do it. Occasionally, we simply say something as if it ends with a question mark when really it’s a statement or the answer to a question. Many of us even do it when saying our own names! It’s very normal behavior, but it can also make you sound uncertain or uncommitted to whatever it is you’re saying. So instead, try to keep your statements and answers firm, without the upward inflection that can make something sound like a question.
2. Spend A Little More On Your Wardrobe
This is not to suggest that clothes define character, because that’s simply not a healthy way to think. However, we do tend to look at people who are well-dressed as having their acts together, which counts for something. If you struggle to project confidence in a crowd, you might find that spending just a little more on your wardrobe – either for nicer clothes or perhaps more importantly for better fits – will help you to feel more sure of yourself.
3. Make Strong Eye Contact
Strong eye contact is the sort of thing your father or grandfather probably tried to instill in you, but which often doesn’t take. Particularly nowadays, when so much of our interactive time comes through screens, eye contact can actually be uncomfortable. However, it’s also a major indicator of confidence. This article may have put it best, discussing eye contact in the context of poker tells (which really have a lot to do with interactive psychology). It indicates that those who hold eye contact for a long time are “revealing a position of strength,” which, when extrapolated beyond poker, indicates pure confidence.
4. Mind Your Posture
Posture has a lot to do with how people view you, and how you present yourself to the world. In fact, this piece goes further and explains that posture actually has a lot to say about your underlying personality! You don’t need to change your personality to project more confidence, but adjusting your posture can certainly help. Generally, a more erect stance with shoulders open and chin up does the trick.
5. Recognize Your (Lack Of) Audience
A lack of confidence often comes from the fact that most of us generally assume we’re being watched more than we actually are. You usually don’t have an audience in a social situation, however, because everyone else is too worried about him- or herself to be watching you! Keeping this in mind can go a long way toward keeping you more at ease in a crowd, and, you may discover, being more at ease naturally leads to projecting a bit more confidence. It’s something of a win-win.