Did you know that you can boost your confidence by assuming a specific pose? Research at Harvard Business School shows that by simply holding your body in expansive, “high-power” for as little as two minutes stimulates higher levels of testosterone, the hormone linked to power and dominance, and lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
So if you are feeling a bit tentative but want to appear confident, try standing with your legs and arms stretched wide open for about two minutes. In addition to causing hormonal shifts in both males and females, this pose lead to increased feelings of power and a higher tolerance for risk.
The Harvard study also found that people are more often influenced by how they feel about you than by what you’re saying. Regardless, a tips for you to sound authoritative before an important phone call or speech, is to keep your voice down. Allow your voice to relax into its optimal pitch by keeping your lips together and making the sounds “um hum, um hum, um hum.”
Also watch that your voice doesn’t rise at the ends of sentences as if you are asking a question or seeking approval – females typically do this. Instead, when stating your opinion, use the authoritative arc in which your voice starts on one note, rises in pitch through the sentence and drops back down at the end.