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On dates, in meetings, at job interviews — we meet new people almost every day in a variety of situations. We often don't have much time to get to know each other, so the first impression is incredibly important. Whether or not we like someone is a decision that actually takes place in our subconscious mind within the first few seconds of meeting. Gestures, facial expressions and posture — together known as "body language" — play a vital role in creating a good first impression. With these simple behavioral tricks you'll be sure to make your next first impression a good and lasting one ...

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Standing posture

If you look around, you'll notice that many people don't pay attention to their posture. They stand there, limp and slightly hunched over, closed off from the world. This type of body language sends out the message that a person lacks confidence and it's also not very good for your  back. Here are some tips for maintaining a more confident posture:

1. Straighten up and try to make yourself as tall as possible (as though you were trying to look over something blocking your view).

2. Keep a solid stance (legs about hip-width apart).

3. Hold this position but make sure to relax your shoulders and neck.

The goal is to achieve a confident yet relaxed posture. Make sure not to "puff up" by sticking out your chest. Instead, simply pull your shoulders back slightly for the same effect and you'll appear more determined and full of energy.

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Sitting posture

Many people tend to slump when sitting down or they bend over until they look like a human question mark. Remember all those times you were told to "sit up straight" when you were a kid? Well the idea is actually right, but that doesn't mean it has to be uncomfortable:

4. Straighten your back without bending over backwards.

5. Keep your feet about hip-width apart.

6. Maintain a taut upper body (your stomach and back muscles should always be slightly tight).

This sitting position will make you appear more self-confident and dynamic — and it's great for your back too!

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