Does your seated posture project confidence or fear; interest or apathy; sloppiness or professionalism? Etiquette expert Barbara Pachter offers some tips to ensure your seated posture is sending the right message.
- Don’t fidget. It’s distracting and makes you seem nervous.
- Keep your seat at the same level as others. That means you’ll have to adjust the height sometimes.
- Sit up tall. Don’t slump, don’t fold your hands on the table and don’t cross your arms. Spread out, but don’t take others’ space.
- Keep both feet on the floor. Don’t cross your legs and pay attention to your clothing on your lower half.
- Sit at the table. Do not choose a seat lined up against the wall.
— Adapted from “Do You Project Confidence When Seated?,” Barbara Pachter, Pachter’s Pointers.