Power, Assertive, Confident body language seems like it could be pretty similar doesn’t it? Can you think of some of the differences? If you can, comment below. Before we jump right into power body language, let’s discuss the reason cluster body language is important.
If you study body language further than watching the simple videos on detecting lies, not that these are bad, you will start to hear about reading gestures in clusters. In order to put non-verbal clusters into categories, we have to first pair gestures together and interpret their meaning.
Let’s discuss power body language so we can start off this series right! If you’re more of a visual learner the video at the bottom of this post will help you out!
Power Greetings and Handshakes
When you greet someone with a handshake, move to the left side of the person, extend your arm horizontally first and keep your palm angled downwards. Be sure to have a firm grip and pull the person in closer to you. When pulling someone closer, think of it more like a firm guiding motion. In most situations, the other person is usually willing to go with whatever is happening in the handshake. This is your opportunity to be in control. When they’re close, you can top off the handshake with a touch behind their elbow with your left hand. (Obvious information: we shake with our right hands). Be mindful of who you’re trying to influence your power with, if you’re a lower employee meeting with the president, I recommend keeping the power greeting to yourself. (Just a nonverbalnoob tip.)
How do we create power with our conversations? Well, it’s actually easier said than done. With practice these techniques will become more natural. Talk with confidence and use powerful body language, like pointing fingers or even shaking a fist with passionate talk. Another technique that can create power is pausing in the middle of your speaking and look around at the people you’re speaking to. It’s almost as if you’re flaunting the power you currently have.
Communicating With a Powerful Strut
Have you ever watched political leaders walk? When I watched a video of Bush and Putin, I noticed they each have a strut that varies a bit based on the individual. There are tips out there to help you develop a powerful strut, but keep in mind that practice will lead you to creating your own personal power strut. Power struts include: walking with an exaggerated swing of the arms (but not to the extent of looking abnormal), make yourself seem wider and taller, and keep a quick pace when walking with someone and slower when by yourself. Other techniques you can implement would be: walking in front of others, standing over people and sitting in the higher chairs.
You can expect to see assertive, confident, positive, and many other different types of cluster body language in this series. If you enjoyed this blog post let me know in the comments. I also appreciate any feedback you may have.
Hey maybe you like visuals instead. That’s ok, this isn’t school, we made a video instead.