Body language — the universal language that transcends all verbal forms of communication. The SAGE Glossary of Social and Behavioral Sciences defines body language as “the conveyance of emotions and attitudes through conscious and unconscious expressions, gestures, and movements.” Body language exposes our true identity, whether that is confident or timid, honest or deceptive.

Body language communicates how we think and feel.

We may stand taller with confidence; or shrug our shoulders and cower when threatened or intimidated. When we feel powerless, our bodies reflect that. We make ourselves smaller to conform to the other individual who is dominating the conversation.

Ted Talk speaker and social psychologist Amy Cuddy believes that the body can change the mind. She proposes that confidence can be stimulated by simply changing your posture. “Don’t fake it ’til you make it,” she contends. “Fake it ‘til you become it.” Our bodies have the potential to change the way we think. When we change our thinking, our behavior changes, which then changes the outcomes that we see in our lives.

The saying “practice makes perfect” is true! Practice good posture. Priority Staffing recruiters can help you nail your interviews with helpful hints — ask for feedback to fine-tune your awesomeness. If you cannot make it into our office, practice with a friend or family member. Let practicing for an interview or meeting become a permanent part of your routine.

So, make that power pose before stepping into an interview or important business meeting. Stand tall, shoulders back. Smile, even if it has been a bad day. Be confident — give it everything you’ve got.