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By Ramsha Nayab

Feb 9, 2023

Powerful Body Language Secrets You Should Know

To boost your confidence, assume a power pose

Research at Harvard and Columbia Business Schools shows that simply leaning back with hands behind the head and feet up on a desk, or standing with legs and arms stretched wide open for as little as two minutes lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

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To improve your memory, uncross your arms and legs

To improve your retention, uncross your arms and legs. If you see your audience exhibiting defensive body language, change tactics, take a break, or get them to move—and don’t try to persuade them until their bodies open up. 

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To stimulate good feelings, smile

A genuine smile not only stimulates your own sense of well-being, it also tells those around you that you are approachable, cooperative, and trustworthy.

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Show agreement, mirror expressions and postures

Mirroring starts by observing a person’s facial and body gestures and then subtly letting your body take on similar expressions and postures. Doing so will make the other person feel understood and accepted.

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To connect instantly with someone, shake hands

Touch is the most primitive and powerful nonverbal cue. Touching someone on the arm, hand, or shoulder for as little as 1/40 of a second creates a human bond. 

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