Studies show that feeling more confident is as easy as changing your posture.
Stop what you're doing for just a second and do the following:
Stand with your legs and feet shoulder-width apart while placing your hands on your waist. Feel more empowered?
Studies suggest that this position of power conveys dominance and determination. In fact, people assuming the pose prior to a date or job interview have reported feeling more confident throughout. While the pose can't be singled out as the sole reason for a good date or interview, people say it definitely helps.
I wouldn't overdo it, though. Standing this way for extended periods of time might communicate that you're pompous and aim to call all the shots.
As with all else in life, moderation is key!
So the next time you're nervous about an upcoming speech, interview, or date, try this out and see if it works for you.
Have you ever assumed this pose at work or anywhere else? Has it made you feel more confident?