How to Speak Through Your Body Language
To command a room, you need to give the instant impression of being at the top of the heap. Body language can do that—but only with the right physical vocabulary. When we nod, smile too easily and keep our hands in our laps, as women have been socialized to do, we convey deference, not dominance, says Larissa Tiedens, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Worried that projecting yourself assertively will earn you a bad rap? Interestingly, power expressed through body language tends not to carry the same negative implications for women as power expressed more directly. “Backlash against assertive women is more likely and more extreme when the assertive behavior is verbal,” says Tiedens