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There are certain people in life who give off an energy that just makes other people want to be around them. That energy is confidence, and confidence is sexy! We’re naturally attracted to those who have a sense of self-confidence about them. Here are some great tips to help you appear more confident today!

Stand Up Straight: Good posture is an immediate confidence indicator.  Most people with low self-confidence tend to have very bad posture habits, such as slouching.  Stand (or sit) up straight, pull your shoulders back, keep your head up, and don’t fidget!

Make Eye Contact: Many of us don’t look directly into the eyes of the person we’re speaking to, but it’s something that will automatically make you appear more confident.  It also helps the listener to feel more connected to what you’re saying.

Talk Slowly: Most people tend to talk too fast when they are nervous.  To appear more confident when talking to people, no matter how big or small the group, talk slower than you think you need to.  It might seem way too slow in your head, but it will sound confident out loud…and don’t forget to breathe!

Speak With Authority: Avoid pitching your voice higher at the end of your sentences.  This can make it sound like a question rather than a statement.  Keep your voice level, and use confidence building openings such as “I think…” or “I believe…”  Try not to use phrases that make you sound unsure of what you’re saying, such as “I’m sorry, but….” or “I’m not sure, but….”

Walk Quickly: This is one of the easiest ways to appear more confident.  It sounds silly, but walking faster will make you look like the most important person in the world.  People will see you going places like you’re excited about life, and it will give you an instant confidence boost.

Give Compliments: People who compliment others are viewed as being more self-confident than those who try to find other people’s flaws.  Giving compliments will help you feel better about yourself, and people will see you as someone who cares about what they are doing.

Smile: Smiling is another easy way to appear more confident.  Smile even if you don’t feel like smiling…or “fake it until you make it” as they say!  It’s easy to get caught up in negative thoughts and problems you’re dealing with, but smiling will naturally make you more approachable.  Plus, research shows that people who smile more live a happier and longer life!

Look Your Best: Confidence truly has nothing to do with physical appearance, but looking your best will make you feel more confident and other people will see that on you!  This means eating right, exercising and taking care of your body!  This also means caring about what you wear and how you present yourself in public.  If you want to feel more confident, ditch the sweatpants and wear something that makes you feel amazing today!