Confidence speaks volumes and sends signals about our state of mind to others, whether we’re aware of it or not. It attracts positive attention in the workplace and it sends a strong message to criminals that you are not to be messed with.
Confidence can be projected through body language and by applying some intentional behavioural changes, you can change the way you appear to others.
Try practising safe body language to stave off unwanted attention. Take these steps to send the right signals with safe body language:
- Learn to look at people and make eye contact. Studies have shown that if you make eye contact with a criminal, they are more likely to choose another victim.
- Walk up straight and with confidence. Insecure, distracted people look weak and could be seen as easy prey. The idea is to walk with confident strides.
- Anything can become a weapon. A briefcase or cup of coffee, a trolley or even a handbag can be used to defend yourself. Be prepared to use whatever you have to your advantage.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Check behind pillars and corners when you choose a parking spot for instance. Watch for people loitering while you shop or chat with friends. If you feel that something is wrong, get out!
Trust your gut feelings and stay off your phone!
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