Communicating confidently when networking can be a tricky and often daunting task for the unprepared. Here some things you need to know to help you feel self-assured when networking.
How soon does it take to make a first impression?
Studies have shown that it takes only 5-7 seconds for someone to categorize you based on your appearance and demeanor. Always be turned on a ready to go because 5 seconds of looking confident could be the difference between getting that job or waiting in the unemployment line.
Can body language increase my chance of getting a job?
Yes. Body language is one of the most important things you can do to make sure you get the job you want and make a good impression. A few things you can do to come across as confident is to make eye contact, stand with good posture, and face the person you are talking to.
Making eye contact develops trust between you and another person, so be sure to keep a steady line of eye contact throughout your conversation. Posture can make you appear more confident and self-assured. If you have good posture you appear as though you take up more space and look calm, cool, and collected.
Body language has a significant effect on your ability to communicate confidently when networking. By mastering your body language you too can look self-assured and appear ready to take on the world. After all, it seems you really do need to fake it until you make it.