August 11, 2015
Are you stuck in an entry-level dead end? Not sure how to get noticed because there is just too much going on? It’s actually not that hard for one to mark their own territory in group settings.
Achieving alpha status on the job, at school, or most anywhere is all about how you fake it till you make it. There are some unconventional scientifically-backed ways to go about doing so. Interestingly enough, none of it has to do with appearance or tone of voice.
Claim Your Space
Make use of expansive poses. For example, instead of standing with your hands at your sides, place them on your hips. Seated? Stretch your arms and legs out. Researchers in MIT claim that this such poses lead to hormonal changes that are associated with dominance, leadership, and status. It also shows others that you are confidant and comfortable in your own skin. And all it takes is taking up more space.
Think Outside of Social Norms
Okay, this won’t work for everyone, but hear us out. Nonconforming behaviors are beneficial in the sense that practitioners are viewed as people with enough social status and power who simply don’t care what others think, because they are bigger things to worry about. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg can get away with wearing a hoodie. That’s why Steve Jobs got away with wearing turtlenecks and old sneakers. We’re not suggesting you go that far too soon, but you can consider accessorizing, or rolling up your sleeves to expose that tattoo that has been hiding.
Speak Using Abstract Language
Think and speak in terms of broad ideas. People respond well to others who are always thinking about the big picture. It’s actually a rookie move to regularly use concrete verbiage.
Be in Control of Eye Contact
We’re not sure how we feel about this one, but social scientists claim that people with lower status tend to maintain eye contact longer than people with higher status. This may be because powerful people aren’t afraid of breaking eye contact because they aren’t concerned with the response of others. We wouldn’t advise you to not make eye contact at all, but maybe break away from it time to time as you think about how to respond to the topic at hand.