It turns out appearance may be just as important as business acumen and personality when it comes to succeeding in business, according to Research from Duke University.
As the nation once again gets swept up in the contest to find Lord Alan Sugar’s next Apprentice, there is no shortage of opinions on who will emerge victorious.
While performance in each task may be the most important factor, body language is also crucial to that success.
Mastering posture, tone of voice and controlling unfavourable mannerisms can convey everything from authority and compassion, to trust and stability.
Smiling is cited as one of the most powerful ways to use body language to influence people.
Research from Duke University proved that we take more to people who smile often. The study demonstrated that we recall the names of people who smile more easily. A very useful tip for Lord Sugar’s candidates.
The teeth behind the smile are important too. A study by the British Dental Journal indicated that: “Teeth that appear whitened elicit preferable judgements in comparison to normal enamel.”
According to a report released by Ernst & Young in August 2013, the rise of television programmes like The Apprentice has fostered entrepreneurialism across the UK.
The report revealed that 71% of entrepreneurs surveyed think the UK encourages an entrepreneurial spirit.
The boardroom will be made up of people from all walks of life, but one thing they will likely all have in common is a command of body language, which is perhaps more important than many believe it to be.
Try smiling more at work and in social situations and see the positive effects it brings you.