Walking with confidence is a great way to make a good first impression or show your confidence to the world without words. Bad habits like slouching and looking down can form when you're in an uncomfortable situation, but they can make you appear anxious or scared. If you want to make an effort to walk to appear more confident, there are a few simple steps you can use. Read on for this article to learn how to walk confidently!
Method 1 of 3: Preparing to Walk Confidently
Step 1. Perform a dress ritual
Spreading out your clothes the night before a big event can help you throughout the event. By spreading out your clothes, you can identify any issues with what you want to wear (loose threads, loose threads, etc.). This ritual can also help boost your confidence by giving you the opportunity to visualize how you will look at the event.
Step 2. Do the walking exercise
Plan to walk for about 30 minutes a day at least three times a week to increase your stride. When doing the walking exercise, remember to stand straight, keep your shoulders at your sides, and take long, fast strides. This exercise is beneficial for you and as a result, your steps will also increase.
Step 3. Do a strong pose exercise
Standing straight with your arms and legs spread apart will help you feel more confident. This type of dominant pose also reduces cortisol and increases testosterone, which will increase your self-confidence. Take a minute to go to the toilet or an empty room and do a strong pose for a minute before you walk confidently.
Step 4. Distract yourself from negative emotions
If you are anxious, don't focus on how anxious you are because that will only make you more anxious. Instead, distract yourself by looking at funny pictures online or talking to a friend who is good at making you laugh.
Step 5. Bring a mouthwash to quickly freshen your breath
Bring a small bottle of mouthwash to get rid of bad breath quickly and brighten your smile. This little ritual will dispel any fears you may have about bad breath or food left in your teeth and make you walk more confidently.
Step 6. Check the news to break the silence
Knowing something new can also boost your confidence by mastering interesting topics to talk about in conversation with strangers. Avoid anything that is too depressing or politically divisive. Only talk about light topics that you find interesting to other people.
Method 2 of 3: Walking into the Room
Step 1. Smile as you walk and keep smiling
Smiling shows confidence and also makes you seem approachable. You don't need to show a big grin, just a light smile is enough. Don't be forced to smile. Instead, show your natural smile as you walk.
Step 2. Stand up straight
A stooped appearance indicates a lack of self-confidence. Instead, walk up straight to appear confident. You can test your posture by holding a pencil in each hand and making a fist. Let your arms fall freely at your sides. If the pencil is facing inward (towards you), then you are hunched over. Bring your shoulders back so the pencil is facing forward to see what your ideal posture should be when walking.
Step 3. Walk briskly
Walking briskly shows confidence, while walking slowly makes you appear preoccupied with your own thoughts. To appear more confident when walking, walk briskly. Try doing walking exercises to the fast rhythm of your favorite song to help you walk fast.
Step 4. Extend your stride
Walking silently makes you appear helpless or scared, so don't tiptoe or walk quietly. A little noise when walking is a good thing if you want to walk with confidence. This shows that you want to be seen because you are confident in your appearance.
Step 5. Keep your arms at your sides
Crossing your arms while walking makes you appear weak, so don't cross your arms. Let your arms fall freely at your sides and move them back and forth as you walk.
Step 6. Don't walk behind someone
Walking right behind someone you are with can send the message that you are weaker than that person and that you need protection. If you are going to walk with someone, make sure you are in front of the person or at least side by side.
Method 3 of 3: Maintaining a Confident Appearance
Step 1. Greet others when you walk into a room or corridor
Make eye contact with other people you know as well as strangers. Introduce yourself if you've never met before, but only mention your first and last name at the beginning. Just say, “Hi, I'm _______.” Then wait for the other person to speak. Stopping after saying your name will make you appear more confident and arouse curiosity.
Step 2. Use your hands when speaking
Moving your hands will keep you from doing things like putting your hands in your pockets or acting restless. This type of body language indicates anxiety, whereas moving your hands while speaking has the opposite effect. You will appear more confident and strong by using your hands when speaking.
Step 3. Choose an interesting object or painting to pay attention to
Choose something that is at eye level. If you start to feel anxious, look at this object so you don't look at the floor.
Step 4. Take a deep breath
If you start to feel irritable or anxious, encourage yourself to take five deep breaths. Taking deep breaths will not only calm you down, it will also increase your alertness so you can continue in a good state. If you're giving a presentation, take five deep breaths right before you start speaking.
Step 5. Ask questions
If you're meeting new people, the best way to keep the conversation going is to ask questions and listen attentively. Ask things like, “What is your job?”, “What do you think the party is like?”, “What are you doing now?”, “Where are you from?”.