Imagine you see someone walking toward you from a distance. What is the first thing your brain notices about the person?
Evolutionary psychologists say that a person’s body language and posture tells others much more than we are aware of on a conscious level. As a college speaker, I believe that developing strong body language is one of the easiest ways to change the way others perceive us.
Do you slouch over? Do you stand tall? Look at the difference between these two pictures:
Which person looks healthier and more vibrant? Who are you more inclined to want to meet?
It may seem subtle but by slouching over, we are telling the world that we do not have a strong self-image. We are immediately turning people off in a way that people don’t think about. But they definitely feel it.
So, here are a few tips for developing better posture and body language:
- Practice standing tall whenever you are walking or standing. Exaggerate your posture, by sticking your shoulders back and arching your back.
- Every time you catch yourself slouching, immediately change your posture.
- Test the way people look at you with different posture. If you are walking down a hallway or sidewalk stand tall and notice the way people are more inclined to look at you for longer periods of time.
- Notice how you feel with strong posture. By standing tall and strong, you are sending messages to your brain that you feel great. Your brain will respond by making you feel better!
This is not something that you will fix over night (remember you may have had years of training your body to slouch), but with some consistent practice the results will be astounding!
Written by Marc Wayshak, College Speaker.
Have you ever noticed the difference between people with strong vs. weak posture before? Please share by commenting below!