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This works! Get up out of your chair while you’re on an important call—whether it’s to your insurance provider or a potential employer––can help make your voice sound more authoritative.

Are you someone that frequently gets asked to stay late and help out, or do extra work?

Think that promising to tackle that giant pile of reports by 5 p.m., despite having no experience with accounting, will get you more points with your boss? Offering to take on work that is outside your area of expertise won’t impress anyone—especially when you turn in a less-than-stellar final product. On the other hand, avoiding projects like the plague won’t impress your boss either, since being a team player is essential for career development. If you’re asked to do (or want to volunteer for) something that you know you can’t handle alone, be honest about your limitations. Say something like: “I’m always up for learning, but this project will take me a little bit longer and I may need a few extra resources.” People will respect you more for being honest and direct instead of taking on the assignment, turning it in late and/or not doing it as well as it could’ve been done.

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If you want to be taken more seriously at work, take a look at how authoritative you appear. Many people, especially newer managers, undermine their own authority without realizing it, and then wonder why they’re not more respected.

Here are 10 ways to exude confidence and appear more authoritative at work:

1. Get clear on your own authority. Often, managers and others with authority squander it by acting as if it’s not part of their role. So if you have the authority to make decisions, move projects forward, give feedback, resolve personnel problems, and so forth, act like it. Get very clear in your own head (and with your own boss, if necessary) about precisely what authority you have, then speak and act with the confidence of your position.

2. Get aligned with your boss behind the scenes. There’s no faster way to destroy your authority than to say one thing and then have your boss reverse it later. To avoid this, get aligned with your supervisor on tricky or sensitive issues ahead of time. By getting in synch upfront, you’ll be able to act with more confidence, knowing that you won’t later learn that your boss had an entirely different take on the topic than you did. (Plus, your boss will probably appreciate the opportunity to get aligned ahead of time, too.)

3. Know what to say when you don’t know the answer. You might not know how to handle every situation that comes your way, but you can still respond with confidence. Phrases like “You’ve given me a lot to think about, so let me get back to you” or “I appreciate you raising this, and I’ll think it over” let you exit tough conversations gracefully.

4. Don’t get angry or upset. People who are confident in their own authority know they don’t need to get angry or upset with others because they have the authority to fix problems. Getting upset will undermine you, since it signals that you don’t know a more effective way to respond. For instance, if you’re talking with an employee about a performance problem, you might sound concerned, but you shouldn’t sound angry or hostile. You should be confident that you have the tools to back up your words with action if you need to.

5. Stop worrying about being liked. Your focus should be on being respected and effective, not on being liked. And to be effective, you’ll need to assert yourself without worrying about others’ approval, deliver hard messages, and make decisions that not everyone will like. But if you’re deeply invested in being liked, you’re likely to sacrifice the very behaviors that will make people take you seriously.

6. Pay attention to your tone of voice. Don’t shy away from declarative statements, and don’t end sentences with a question mark unless they’re truly questions. If you sound hesitant or unsure as a habit, people will assume that you either don’t really have the authority you should or that you’re not willing to use it.

7. Get rid of fillers like “um,” “I think,” etc. Be disciplined about erasing these fillers from your speaking, because they’ll water down your point and make you look nervous and less confident in what you’re saying.

8. Become comfortable with silence. If you’ve ever seen someone rush to fill silence by chattering nervously, you know how it can diminish their authority. So when you’re speaking, make your point, and then stop. Similarly, it’s fine to pause before responding to a question. Confident people assume that others will wait for them to speak, and that they don’t need to rush in to respond before they’ve formulated their thoughts.

9. Drop the defensiveness. While responding defensively when your decisions are questioned is generally an attempt to protect your authority, it will actually make you come across as less confident and less in charge. Confident people are open to the possibility that they might be mistaken or that there might be a better way of doing something.

10. Be direct. Rather than shying away from difficult or awkward conversations, you’ll appear far more authoritative if you simply say what needs to be said, directly and straightforwardly. Assume that addressing problems head-on is a key part of your job, and act accordingly.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. She’s also the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results, and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development.

There can be much value in the ability to take a back seat from time to time. Demure, modest individuals can possess many wonderful qualities, like the ability to listen, reflect, and offer plentiful insight. However, there is a time and place to reserve timid moments and submissive behavior, and that time is NOT when you are attempting to make a big move in your career. There are plenty of ways both introverts and extroverts can live in corporate harmony (as demonstrated in some of our past blog posts); however, when trying to really boost your professional momentum and take your career to the next level, it is often times necessary to establish yourself as an authority within your office.
This means it is time to become visibly confident, so coworkers and superiors see you as someone assured in their abilities and knowledge, and not afraid to take action and self-start; these are qualities necessary for a business to continue to evolve and develop, and qualities many people look for in their company’s leaders. This does not mean we all must become brash and boisterous when looking to get noticed for a raise or promotion. Instead, there are minor adjustments you can make to even just your appearance, body language, or communication to convey authority and command over your career, and garner respect from your colleagues.
You can check out some of these tips below from a Yahoo Shine article on appearing more authoritative. Once you show that you are confident in yourself, your superiors will be more likely to put their confidence in you to take on more responsibility or bigger roles.

Stand up while you’re on the phone.

It may sound silly, but getting up out of your chair while you’re on an important call—whether it’s to your insurance provider or a potential employer––can help make your voice sound more authoritative. “Your voice is closely linked to your body and physicality,” says Susan Berkley, author of Speak to Influence and president of The Great Voice Company . “When you’re standing up and gesticulating, you’re going to have more energy than if you’re sitting down, relaxing in your chair. You’re pumping yourself up physically and it’s going to come through in your voice.” Plus, she notes that when we stand up straight, we breathe more fully, enhancing the power of our voice.
Avoid turning statements into questions.

“It drives me nuts when I’m in a coffee shop and a woman places an order that sounds like a question: ‘I’d like a latte?’” says Ginny Clarke, career coach and author of Career Mapping . “Do you or don’t you want a latte?” By allowing the tone of your voice to rise at the end of a sentence, you’re subconsciously undermining your own authority by treating your statements as questions. “Tell someone what you’re thinking,” Clarke stresses, “don’t ask them.” According to her, we often do this in mundane circumstances, like when ordering food or responding to simple questions. To overcome this habit, she recommends keeping the three “Ds” in mind: Be decisive, definitive and deliberate. “And never answer a question with a question,” she adds. “If you need clarification, lead with a statement like: ‘Let me make sure I understand you. Are you asking if…’”
Dress the part.

Dressing for success doesn’t necessarily mean donning a suit. Instead, make a note of what everyone else is wearing, and emulate their style in a put-together way. If the dress code at work is slacks and a button-down shirt, invest in a few sharp-looking separates that will ensure you fit in with the office culture. “Dressing conservatively for the sake of getting respect will make you seem out of touch with what the organization needs, and that can automatically undermine your authority,” says Dawn Chandler, a career management and HR professor at the California Polytechnic State University.

Make eye contact.

Whether you’re giving a presentation to a roomful of people or negotiating a better deal on a car repair, making eye contact is key. As Antoinette Kuritz, a publicist in San Diego, notes, when you’re so focused on what you’re saying or doing it can be easy to converse with people without actually looking at them. “Making eye contact infers that what you have to say is important and that the person to whom you are saying it is important, too,” says Clarke. “People will remember you when they sense that you’ve really seen and paid attention to them.”

Pause before hitting Send.

Before firing off a hasty response to an email from your boss, wait a few extra minutes to see what other information you can gather. Constant accessibility has become the norm these days, but a rapid reply simply acknowledging that you got her message, without a real thoughtful answer to her question, isn’t the way to command respect. “Instead of sending five emails that don’t say much, stop and gather good information so that you can provide her with a more considered answer.” Even better: When appropriate, head over to her office to discuss her inquiry, or ask your own questions. By showing up in person you’ll appear more confident than if you quietly send out a stream of emails.
Make yourself visible at meetings.

When it comes to commanding authority, “having height helps,” says Clarke. “You want to stand as often as possible.” This means rising when someone comes to chat with you at your desk or standing, when appropriate, during meetings. Being so visible, you may also be called to question or comment first, which can work in your favor.



Don’t lead with a disclaimer.

According to Clarke, women tend to pepper their ideas with disclaimers and apologies, like “I don’t know if this will work, but…” or “This might not be what you were thinking of, but…” Instead of giving your audience a reason to discount what may be an excellent idea, present it without any judgment at all and let them decide what they think. You’ll be surprised at how much people will trust you if you trust yourself. In situations that require a disclaimer, Clarke recommends making it after you’ve asserted your facts or opinion; for example: “I don’t think we should move forward with this project, unless of course I don’t have the latest data that would suggest otherwise.”
Manage your boss’s expectations.

How to appear more authoritative

It may sound silly, but getting up out of your chair while you’re on an important call—whether it’s to your insurance provider or a potential employer––can help make your voice sound more authoritative. “Your voice is closely linked to your body and physicality,” says Susan Berkley, author of Speak to Influence and president of The Great Voice Company. “When you’re standing up and gesticulating, you’re going to have more energy than if you’re sitting down, relaxing in your chair. You’re pumping yourself up physically and it’s going to come through in your voice.” Plus, she notes that when we stand up straight, we breathe more fully, enhancing the power of our voice. Photo: Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock

Avoid turning statements into questions.

How to appear more authoritative

“It drives me nuts when I’m in a coffee shop and a woman places an order that sounds like a question: ‘I’d like a latte?'” says Ginny Clarke, career coach and author of Career Mapping. “Do you or don’t you want a latte?” By allowing the tone of your voice to rise at the end of a sentence, you’re subconsciously undermining your own authority by treating your statements as questions. “Tell someone what you’re thinking,” Clarke stresses, “don’t ask them.” According to her, we often do this in mundane circumstances, like when ordering food or responding to simple questions. To overcome this habit, she recommends keeping the three “Ds” in mind: Be decisive, definitive and deliberate. “And never answer a question with a question,” she adds. “If you need clarification, lead with a statement like: ‘Let me make sure I understand you. Are you asking if…'” Photo: David Humphrey/Thinkstock

Dress the part.

How to appear more authoritative

Dressing for success doesn’t necessarily mean donning a suit. Instead, make a note of what everyone else is wearing, and emulate their style in a put-together way. If the dress code at work is slacks and a button-down shirt, invest in a few sharp-looking separates that will ensure you fit in with the office culture. “Dressing conservatively for the sake of getting respect will make you seem out of touch with what the organization needs, and that can automatically undermine your authority,” says Dawn Chandler, a career management and HR professor at the California Polytechnic State University. Photo: Siri Stafford/Thinkstock

Make eye contact.

How to appear more authoritative

Whether you’re giving a presentation to a roomful of people or negotiating a better deal on a car repair, making eye contact is key. As Antoinette Kuritz, a publicist in San Diego, notes, when you’re so focused on what you’re saying or doing it can be easy to converse with people without actually looking at them. “Making eye contact infers that what you have to say is important and that the person to whom you are saying it is important, too,” says Clarke. “People will remember you when they sense that you’ve really seen and paid attention to them.” Photo: Jared DeCinque/Thinkstock

Pause before hitting Send.

How to appear more authoritative

Before firing off a hasty response to an email from your boss, wait a few extra minutes to see what other information you can gather. Constant accessibility has become the norm these days, but a rapid reply simply acknowledging that you got her message, without a real thoughtful answer to her question, isn’t the way to command respect. “Instead of sending five emails that don’t say much, stop and gather good information so that you can provide her with a more considered answer.” Even better: When appropriate, head over to her office to discuss her inquiry, or ask your own questions. By showing up in person you’ll appear more confident than if you quietly send out a stream of emails. Photo: Hywit Dimyadi/Thinkstock

Make yourself visible at meetings.

How to appear more authoritative

When it comes to commanding authority, “having height helps,” says Clarke. “You want to stand as often as possible.” This means rising when someone comes to chat with you at your desk or standing, when appropriate, during meetings. “By showing up right on time, once all of the chairs are taken, you’ll be forced to stand, which will automatically give you a bigger presence in the room and your stature will subtly connote authority.” Being so visible, you may also be called to question or comment first, which can work in your favor. Photo: Comstock/Thinkstock

Don’t lead with a disclaimer.

How to appear more authoritative

According to Clarke, women tend to pepper their ideas with disclaimers and apologies, like “I don’t know if this will work, but…” or “This might not be what you were thinking of, but…” Instead of giving your audience a reason to discount what may be an excellent idea, present it without any judgment at all and let them decide what they think. You’ll be surprised at how much people will trust you if you trust yourself. In situations that require a disclaimer, Clarke recommends making it after you’ve asserted your facts or opinion; for example: “I don’t think we should move forward with this project, unless of course I don’t have the latest data that would suggest otherwise.” Photo: Jonathan Ross/Thinkstock

How to appear more authoritative

Whether it’s your self-insured or the best friend to always respect that collects colleague, some people seem to have a natural air of authority. But it can feel like a quality that you’re either born with it or not, this type of boldness is actually an attitude that you can learn to project. From dressing the part to the electronic label adequate control, the following simple behavior can help you exude confidence in every situation-read to learn.

Get up when you are on the phone.

This may sound silly, but to get up from your chair when you are on a call, whether it is important to your insurance provider or a potential employer – can help make your voice more authoritative. “Your voice is closely related to your body and the physical,” says Susan Berkley, author of Talking to influence and President of the Company great voice. “When you’re standing and gesticulating, you’ll have more energy if you sit, relax in your chair. You yourself are pumping up physical and he’ll come through your voice. “Moreover, she noted that when we stand up, you breathe more fully, enhancing the power of our voices.

Avoid turning statements into questions.

“It drives me crazy when I’m in a cafe and a woman passes a command that looks like a question”? I want a latte, “said Ginny Clarke, career coach and author of career planning. “Have you or do you want a latte?” By allowing the tone of your voice to reach the end of a sentence, you are unwittingly undermining your own authority in dealing with your tax questions. ” Tell someone what you think, “Clarke said,” do not ask them. ” She said that we often do in mundane circumstances, such as when ordering food or to answer simple questions. To overcome this habit, she recommends keeping the three “D” to mind. Be decisive, final and deliberate “and never answer a question with a question,” she adds, “If you need clarification, lead with a statement like:”. . Let me make sure you understand that if you ask…

Dress the part.

Dressing for success does not necessarily mean putting on a costume. Instead, make a note of what everyone is wearing, and imitate their style in a way put-together. If the dress code at work is pants and a button-down shirt, some invest in a separate look and you will be part of the culture desk. “Dressing conservative for reasons of respect for you will seem out of touch with what the organization needs, and can automatically undermine your authority,” says Dawn Chandler, a professor of HR and career management at California Polytechnic State University. Photo: Siri Stafford / Thinkstock

Make eye contact.

You need to do a presentation to a room full of people or negotiate a better deal on a car repair, eye contact is essential. As Antoinette Kuritz, a publicist in San Diego, notes, when you are so focused on what you say or do can be easy to converse with people without really looking at them. “To deduce eye contact that you have to say is important and that the person to whom you say it is also important,” says Clarke. “People will remember you when they feel that you actually saw and paid attention to them.”

Pause before hitting Send.

Before pulling out a hasty reply to an e-mail from your boss, wait a few minutes to see what other information you can gather. Accessibility constant is the norm these days, but a quick response simply recognizing that you got the message, not a real thoughtful response to his question is not how to command respect. “Instead of sending five emails that do not talk much, stop and gather good information so that you can provide a more considered response.” Even better: If necessary, the head of his office to discuss its investigation, or ask your own questions. By showing in person you seem to be quietly confident that if you send a stream of emails.

Make yourself visible at meetings.

When it comes to command authority, “have high support,” said Clarke. “You want to stand out as often as possible.” This means that when someone comes up to talk with you at your desk or standing, if any, during the meetings. “Pointing at the appointed time, once all chairs are taken, you will be forced to stand, which automatically gives you a greater presence in the room and your stature will subtly connote authority. “Being so visible, you can also be called to question or the first point, which can work in your favor.

Do not drive with a disclaimer.

According to Clarke, women tend to pepper their ideas with disclaimers and excuses like “I do not know if it will work, but …” or “This might not be what you thought, but …” In Instead of giving your audience a reason to forget what can be a great idea, it has no trial at all and let them decide what they think. You’ll be surprised how many people will trust you if you trust yourself. In situations that require caution, Clarke recommended to do so after you said your fact or opinion, for example, “I do not think we should move forward with this project, unless of I’m not sure the latest data that suggests otherwise. ”

Manage the expectations of your boss.

Think promising to tackle this giant pile expense by 17 hours, despite having no experience with accounting, you will love your boss? Offering to take on work that is outside your area of ​​expertise will not impress anyone, especially when you turn in a less-than-stellar final. On the other hand, avoiding projects like the plague will not impress your superiors or as being a team player is essential for career development. If you are prompted to do so (or if you want to volunteer for) something you know you can not manage alone, be honest about your limitations, advises Mr Clarke. “Say something like,” I am always ready to learn, but this project could take me a little longer and I may need some additional resources. “People will respect you more to be honest, rather than taking the assignment, turning in late and flubbing. “In addition, you will be able to manage the expectations of your team while giving you a shot just to complete the work.

Whether it’s your self-assured best friend or that coworker who always garners respect, some people just seem to have a natural air of authority. But while it can feel like a quality you’re either born with or not, this type of boldness is actually an attitude you can learn to project. From dressing the part to mastering proper email etiquette, the following simple behaviors can help you exude confidence in every situation—read on to learn how.
Stand up while you’re on the phone.

It may sound silly, but getting up out of your chair while you’re on an important call—whether it’s to your insurance provider or a potential employer––can help make your voice sound more authoritative. “Your voice is closely linked to your body and physicality,” says Susan Berkley, author of Speak to Influence and president of The Great Voice Company. “When you’re standing up and gesticulating, you’re going to have more energy than if you’re sitting down, relaxing in your chair. You’re pumping yourself up physically and it’s going to come through in your voice.” Plus, she notes that when we stand up straight, we breathe more fully, enhancing the power of our voice.

Avoid turning statements into questions.

“It drives me nuts when I’m in a coffee shop and a woman places an order that sounds like a question: ‘I’d like a latte?’” says Ginny Clarke, career coach and author of Career Mapping. “Do you or don’t you want a latte?” By allowing the tone of your voice to rise at the end of a sentence, you’re subconsciously undermining your own authority by treating your statements as questions. “Tell someone what you’re thinking,” Clarke stresses, “don’t ask them.” According to her, we often do this in mundane circumstances, like when ordering food or responding to simple questions. To overcome this habit, she recommends keeping the three “Ds” in mind: Be decisive, definitive and deliberate. “And never answer a question with a question,” she adds. “If you need clarification, lead with a statement like: ‘Let me make sure I understand you. Are you asking if…’”

Dress the part.

Dressing for success doesn’t necessarily mean donning a suit. Instead, make a note of what everyone else is wearing, and emulate their style in a put-together way. If the dress code at work is slacks and a button-down shirt, invest in a few sharp-looking separates that will ensure you fit in with the office culture. “Dressing conservatively for the sake of getting respect will make you seem out of touch with what the organization needs, and that can automatically undermine your authority,” says Dawn Chandler, a career management and HR professor at the California Polytechnic State University.


Make eye contact.

Whether you’re giving a presentation to a roomful of people or negotiating a better deal on a car repair, making eye contact is key. As Antoinette Kuritz, a publicist in San Diego, notes, when you’re so focused on what you’re saying or doing it can be easy to converse with people without actually looking at them. “Making eye contact infers that what you have to say is important and that the person to whom you are saying it is important, too,” says Clarke. “People will remember you when they sense that you’ve really seen and paid attention to them.”


Pause before hitting Send.

Before firing off a hasty response to an email from your boss, wait a few extra minutes to see what other information you can gather. Constant accessibility has become the norm these days, but a rapid reply simply acknowledging that you got her message, without a real thoughtful answer to her question, isn’t the way to command respect. “Instead of sending five emails that don’t say much, stop and gather good information so that you can provide her with a more considered answer.” Even better: When appropriate, head over to her office to discuss her inquiry, or ask your own questions. By showing up in person you’ll appear more confident than if you quietly send out a stream of emails.

Make yourself visible at meetings.

When it comes to commanding authority, “having height helps,” says Clarke. “You want to stand as often as possible.” This means rising when someone comes to chat with you at your desk or standing, when appropriate, during meetings. “By showing up right on time, once all of the chairs are taken, you’ll be forced to stand, which will automatically give you a bigger presence in the room and your stature will subtly connote authority.” Being so visible, you may also be called to question or comment first, which can work in your favor.

Don’t lead with a disclaimer.

According to Clarke, women tend to pepper their ideas with disclaimers and apologies, like “I don’t know if this will work, but…” or “This might not be what you were thinking of, but…” Instead of giving your audience a reason to discount what may be an excellent idea, present it without any judgment at all and let them decide what they think. You’ll be surprised at how much people will trust you if you trust yourself. In situations that require a disclaimer, Clarke recommends making it after you’ve asserted your facts or opinion; for example: “I don’t think we should move forward with this project, unless of course I don’t have the latest data that would suggest otherwise.”

If you want to be taken more seriously at work, take a look at how authoritative you appear. Many people, especially newer managers, undermine their own authority without realizing it, and then wonder why they’re not more respected.

Here are 10 ways to exude confidence and appear more authoritative at work:

1. Get clear on your own authority. Often, managers and others with authority squander it by acting as if it’s not part of their role. So if you have the authority to make decisions, move projects forward, give feedback, resolve personnel problems, and so forth, act like it. Get very clear in your own head (and with your own boss, if necessary) about precisely what authority you have, then speak and act with the confidence of your position.

2. Get aligned with your boss behind the scenes. There’s no faster way to destroy your authority than to say one thing and then have your boss reverse it later. To avoid this, get aligned with your supervisor on tricky or sensitive issues ahead of time. By getting in synch upfront, you’ll be able to act with more confidence, knowing that you won’t later learn that your boss had an entirely different take on the topic than you did. (Plus, your boss will probably appreciate the opportunity to get aligned ahead of time, too.)

3. Know what to say when you don’t know the answer. You might not know how to handle every situation that comes your way, but you can still respond with confidence. Phrases like “You’ve given me a lot to think about, so let me get back to you” or “I appreciate you raising this, and I’ll think it over” let you exit tough conversations gracefully.

4. Don’t get angry or upset. People who are confident in their own authority know they don’t need to get angry or upset with others because they have the authority to fix problems. Getting upset will undermine you, since it signals that you don’t know a more effective way to respond. For instance, if you’re talking with an employee about a performance problem, you might sound concerned, but you shouldn’t sound angry or hostile. You should be confident that you have the tools to back up your words with action if you need to.

5. Stop worrying about being liked. Your focus should be on being respected and effective, not on being liked. And to be effective, you’ll need to assert yourself without worrying about others’ approval, deliver hard messages, and make decisions that not everyone will like. But if you’re deeply invested in being liked, you’re likely to sacrifice the very behaviors that will make people take you seriously.

6. Pay attention to your tone of voice. Don’t shy away from declarative statements, and don’t end sentences with a question mark unless they’re truly questions. If you sound hesitant or unsure as a habit, people will assume that you either don’t really have the authority you should or that you’re not willing to use it.

7. Get rid of fillers like “um,” “I think,” etc. Be disciplined about erasing these fillers from your speaking, because they’ll water down your point and make you look nervous and less confident in what you’re saying.

8. Become comfortable with silence. If you’ve ever seen someone rush to fill silence by chattering nervously, you know how it can diminish their authority. So when you’re speaking, make your point, and then stop. Similarly, it’s fine to pause before responding to a question. Confident people assume that others will wait for them to speak, and that they don’t need to rush in to respond before they’ve formulated their thoughts.

9. Drop the defensiveness. While responding defensively when your decisions are questioned is generally an attempt to protect your authority, it will actually make you come across as less confident and less in charge. Confident people are open to the possibility that they might be mistaken or that there might be a better way of doing something.

10. Be direct. Rather than shying away from difficult or awkward conversations, you’ll appear far more authoritative if you simply say what needs to be said, directly and straightforwardly. Assume that addressing problems head-on is a key part of your job, and act accordingly.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. She’s also the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results, and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development.

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Whether it’s your self-assured best friend or that coworker who always garners respect, some people just seem to have a natural air of authority. But while it can feel like a quality you’re either born with or not, this type of boldness is actually an attitude you can learn to project. From dressing the part to mastering proper email etiquette, the following simple behaviors can help you exude confidence in every situation—read on to learn how.

Stand up while you’re on the phone.

It may sound silly, but getting up out of your chair while you're on an important call—whether it’s to your insurance provider or a potential employer––can help make your voice sound more authoritative. “Your voice is closely linked to your body and physicality,” says Susan Berkley, author of Speak to Influence and president of The Great Voice Company. “When you’re standing up and gesticulating, you’re going to have more energy than if you’re sitting down, relaxing in your chair. You’re pumping yourself up physically and it’s going to come through in your voice.” Plus, she notes that when we stand up straight, we breathe more fully, enhancing the power of our voice. Photo: Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock

Avoid turning statements into questions.

“It drives me nuts when I’m in a coffee shop and a woman places an order that sounds like a question: ‘I’d like a latte?’” says Ginny Clarke, career coach and author of Career Mapping. “Do you or don’t you want a latte?” By allowing the tone of your voice to rise at the end of a sentence, you’re subconsciously undermining your own authority by treating your statements as questions. “Tell someone what you’re thinking,” Clarke stresses, “don’t ask them.” According to her, we often do this in mundane circumstances, like when ordering food or responding to simple questions. To overcome this habit, she recommends keeping the three "Ds” in mind: Be decisive, definitive and deliberate. “And never answer a question with a question,” she adds. “If you need clarification, lead with a statement like: ‘Let me make sure I understand you. Are you asking if…’” Photo: David Humphrey/Thinkstock

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Dressing for success doesn’t necessarily mean donning a suit. Instead, make a note of what everyone else is wearing, and emulate their style in a put-together way. If the dress code at work is slacks and a button-down shirt, invest in a few sharp-looking separates that will ensure you fit in with the office culture. “Dressing conservatively for the sake of getting respect will make you seem out of touch with what the organization needs, and that can automatically undermine your authority,” says Dawn Chandler, a career management and HR professor at the California Polytechnic State University. Photo: Siri Stafford/Thinkstock

Make eye contact.

Whether you’re giving a presentation to a roomful of people or negotiating a better deal on a car repair, making eye contact is key. As Antoinette Kuritz, a publicist in San Diego, notes, when you’re so focused on what you’re saying or doing it can be easy to converse with people without actually looking at them. “Making eye contact infers that what you have to say is important and that the person to whom you are saying it is important, too,” says Clarke. “People will remember you when they sense that you’ve really seen and paid attention to them.” Photo: Jared DeCinque/Thinkstock

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Pause before hitting Send.

Before firing off a hasty response to an email from your boss, wait a few extra minutes to see what other information you can gather. Constant accessibility has become the norm these days, but a rapid reply simply acknowledging that you got her message, without a real thoughtful answer to her question, isn’t the way to command respect. “Instead of sending five emails that don’t say much, stop and gather good information so that you can provide her with a more considered answer.” Even better: When appropriate, head over to her office to discuss her inquiry, or ask your own questions. By showing up in person you’ll appear more confident than if you quietly send out a stream of emails. Photo: Hywit Dimyadi/Thinkstock

Make yourself visible at meetings.

When it comes to commanding authority, “having height helps,” says Clarke. “You want to stand as often as possible.” This means rising when someone comes to chat with you at your desk or standing, when appropriate, during meetings. “By showing up right on time, once all of the chairs are taken, you’ll be forced to stand, which will automatically give you a bigger presence in the room and your stature will subtly connote authority.” Being so visible, you may also be called to question or comment first, which can work in your favor. Photo: Comstock/Thinkstock

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Don’t lead with a disclaimer.

According to Clarke, women tend to pepper their ideas with disclaimers and apologies, like “I don’t know if this will work, but…” or “This might not be what you were thinking of, but…” Instead of giving your audience a reason to discount what may be an excellent idea, present it without any judgment at all and let them decide what they think. You’ll be surprised at how much people will trust you if you trust yourself. In situations that require a disclaimer, Clarke recommends making it after you’ve asserted your facts or opinion; for example: “I don't think we should move forward with this project, unless of course I don't have the latest data that would suggest otherwise.” Photo: Jonathan Ross/Thinkstock

Pros of Authoritative Leadership Authoritative leaders provide direction and vision: They approach projects and initiatives from a position of confidence. They have a clear vision of what success looks like, and give their team members clear direction and constructive feedback as they work toward organizational goals.

What is a disadvantage of authoritarian?

Authoritarian leaders tend to suppress creativity because they do not consult with their team. When there is an overall lack of creativity from the leader as well, this disadvantage can actually hurt the overall performance of the group. 3. It creates moments of insecurity within the leadership.

What is laissez faire teaching style?

The laissez-faire teacher is not very involved in the classroom. This teacher places few demands, if any, on the students and appears generally uninterested. The laissez-faire teacher just doesn’t want to impose on the students. As such, he/she often feels that class preparation is not worth the effort.

What is an assertive teacher?

Assertive teachers believe that a firm, teacher-in-charge classroom is in the best interests of students. They believe that the students wish to have the personal and psychological safety experienced when their teacher is highly competent in directing behavior.

What is a laissez faire attitude?

a laissez-faire attitude is one in which you do not get involved in other people’s activities or behaviour. Synonyms and related words. + Not involved in something. aloof.

What’s another word for authoritative?

other words for authoritative

  • accurate.
  • authentic.
  • definitive.
  • dependable.
  • factual.
  • scholarly.
  • trustworthy.
  • truthful.

What is another name for authoritarian government?

In this page you can discover 41 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for authoritarian, like: dictatorial, tyrannical, dictator, authoritarianism, totalitarian, autocracy, dogmatic, oppressive, despotic, liberal and democratic.

What is the purpose of laissez faire?

The basic purpose of the laissez-faire economy is to promote a free and competitive market that demands the restoration of the order and natural state of liberty that humans emerged from.

Can a democracy be authoritarian?

Authoritarian democracy is a form of democracy directed by a ruling elite of an authoritarian state that seeks to represent the different interests of society. In use for cases of fascism and Stalinism it has also been referred to as totalitarian democracy.

What makes someone authoritative?

The definition of authoritative is someone or something having power, influence or the right to control and make decisions. When a parent speaks to a child in a certain tone of voice so that the child knows he must obey, that is an example of an authoritative voice.

Is autocratic the same as authoritarian?

As adjectives the difference between authoritarian and autocratic. is that authoritarian is of, or relating to, absolute obedience to an authority while autocratic is of or pertaining to autocracy or to an autocrat; absolute; holding independent and arbitrary powers of government.

What does Laissez faire means?

What does laissez-faire economics mean?

The driving principle behind laissez-faire, a French term that translates to “leave alone” (literally, “let you do”), is that the less the government is involved in the economy, the better off business will be, and by extension, society as a whole. Laissez-faire economics is a key part of free-market capitalism.

What is a authoritarian simple definition?

Authoritarianism, principle of blind submission to authority, as opposed to individual freedom of thought and action. In government, authoritarianism denotes any political system that concentrates power in the hands of a leader or a small elite that is not constitutionally responsible to the body of the people.

What are the weaknesses of laissez faire?

Disadvantages of Laissez-Faire Leadership

  • Lack of role clarity: In some situations, the laissez-faire style leads to poorly defined roles within the group.
  • Poor involvement with the group: Laissez-faire leaders are often seen as uninvolved and withdrawn, which can lead to a lack of cohesiveness within the group.

What is a authoritarian in government?

Authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by the rejection of political plurality, the use of a strong central power to preserve the political status quo, and reductions in the rule of law, separation of powers, and democratic voting.

What is an example of authoritarian leadership?

Authoritarian leadership can also be advantageous in cases where the leader is the most knowledgeable person in an organization. Examples of leaders who have used authoritarian leadership include Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Bill Gates, Kim Jong-un, Larry Ellison, Lorne Michaels, Richard Nixon and Vladimir Putin.

Are authoritative parents strict?

Both authoritative and authoritarian parents are strict and have high expectation of their kids. Authoritative parents discuss and explain rules to their children. They are open to give-and-take discussion and will modify rules if appropriate. Children are taught to think critically about the reasons behind each rule.

Is authoritarianism left or right?

Left-wing authoritarians were found in Eastern Europe. There are certainly extremists across the political spectrum, but most psychologists now believe that authoritarianism is a predominantly right-wing phenomenon.

What is authoritarian and examples?

Authoritarian is defined as something or someone who has complete or almost complete control over one or more people. A government who is more concerned with having people obey laws than in people having some freedom is an example of an authoritarian government. A dictator is an example of an authoritarian.

What is the difference between authoritative and authoritarian teacher?

Authoritative parents teach and guide their children. Their goal is to socialize their children, so they come to accept and value what the parents value. Authoritarian parents, however, exert control through power and coercion. They have power, because they exert their will over their children.

What is permissive teaching?

Permissive teaching strategies are a type of student-centered teaching, because they are focused on letting the students run the show. The students choose what and how to learn, and are supported in their learning by the teacher. But the ultimate decisions about learning are made by the students.

What is wrong with laissez faire?

Criticisms of Laissez-faire economics Can lead to inequality of wealth and income. Wealth and opportunity tend to get inherited, and those with limited opportunities, struggle to compete against established interests.

Use shorter phrases so your voice stays powerful. When you're giving a presentation, it's harder to maintain a confident pitch over the course of a long, complicated sentence. Instead, stick to short, impactful sentences and phrases—you'll sound more authoritative, and it will be easier to project your voice.

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What makes you sound more authoritative in a sentence?

When you sound more authoritative, you will find that others listen far more readily to what you have to say. Authority comes from A deeper voice Stronger emphasis (see the page on Emphasis) Voice tone which lowers firmly at the end of a sentence Confident, articulate flow. A deeper voice

How to develop an authoritative voice in writing?

Developing an authoritative voice is not only saying what you mean, but also saying it with style. There are all sorts of ways to improve your style, such as adding content over useless fluff (fluff only adds length, not content, to your writing), eliminating wordiness, and choosing the right words (over words that simply sound smart).

How can I make my voice sound better?

This makes an instant difference to the voice. However, you can usually detect artificiality in the sound. The adjustment is achieved by dropping the jaw and pressing it against the larynx. If you imagine that you are gargling marbles and speaking at the same time, you will get a good approximation.

How to appear more authoritative on the phone?

See if you can arrive at the perfect time so that you aren’t late but there are no seats left. Stand even while you’re talking on the phone. When you sit, you tend to talk in a more reserved, less enthusiastic (and commanding) voice. Standing tends to make you speak with more energy and urgency.

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Whether it’s your self-assured best friend or that coworker who always garners respect, some people just seem to have a natural air of authority. But while it can feel like a quality you’re either born with or not, this type of boldness is actually an attitude you can learn to project. From dressing the part to mastering proper email etiquette, the following simple behaviors can help you exude confidence in every situation—read on to learn how.

Stand up while you’re on the phone.

It may sound silly, but getting up out of your chair while you’re on an important call—whether it’s to your insurance provider or a potential employer––can help make your voice sound more authoritative. “Your voice is closely linked to your body and physicality,” says Susan Berkley, author of Speak to Influence and president of The Great Voice Company. “When you’re standing up and gesticulating, you’re going to have more energy than if you’re sitting down, relaxing in your chair. You’re pumping yourself up physically and it’s going to come through in your voice.” Plus, she notes that when we stand up straight, we breathe more fully, enhancing the power of our voice. Photo: Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock

Avoid turning statements into questions.

“It drives me nuts when I’m in a coffee shop and a woman places an order that sounds like a question: ‘I’d like a latte?’” says Ginny Clarke, career coach and author of Career Mapping. “Do you or don’t you want a latte?” By allowing the tone of your voice to rise at the end of a sentence, you’re subconsciously undermining your own authority by treating your statements as questions. “Tell someone what you’re thinking,” Clarke stresses, “don’t ask them.” According to her, we often do this in mundane circumstances, like when ordering food or responding to simple questions. To overcome this habit, she recommends keeping the three “Ds” in mind: Be decisive, definitive and deliberate. “And never answer a question with a question,” she adds. “If you need clarification, lead with a statement like: ‘Let me make sure I understand you. Are you asking if…’” Photo: David Humphrey/Thinkstock

Dressing for success doesn’t necessarily mean donning a suit. Instead, make a note of what everyone else is wearing, and emulate their style in a put-together way. If the dress code at work is slacks and a button-down shirt, invest in a few sharp-looking separates that will ensure you fit in with the office culture. “Dressing conservatively for the sake of getting respect will make you seem out of touch with what the organization needs, and that can automatically undermine your authority,” says Dawn Chandler, a career management and HR professor at the California Polytechnic State University. Photo: Siri Stafford/Thinkstock

Make eye contact.

Whether you’re giving a presentation to a roomful of people or negotiating a better deal on a car repair, making eye contact is key. As Antoinette Kuritz, a publicist in San Diego, notes, when you’re so focused on what you’re saying or doing it can be easy to converse with people without actually looking at them. “Making eye contact infers that what you have to say is important and that the person to whom you are saying it is important, too,” says Clarke. “People will remember you when they sense that you’ve really seen and paid attention to them.” Photo: Jared DeCinque/Thinkstock

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Pause before hitting Send.

Before firing off a hasty response to an email from your boss, wait a few extra minutes to see what other information you can gather. Constant accessibility has become the norm these days, but a rapid reply simply acknowledging that you got her message, without a real thoughtful answer to her question, isn’t the way to command respect. “Instead of sending five emails that don’t say much, stop and gather good information so that you can provide her with a more considered answer.” Even better: When appropriate, head over to her office to discuss her inquiry, or ask your own questions. By showing up in person you’ll appear more confident than if you quietly send out a stream of emails. Photo: Hywit Dimyadi/Thinkstock

Make yourself visible at meetings.

When it comes to commanding authority, “having height helps,” says Clarke. “You want to stand as often as possible.” This means rising when someone comes to chat with you at your desk or standing, when appropriate, during meetings. “By showing up right on time, once all of the chairs are taken, you’ll be forced to stand, which will automatically give you a bigger presence in the room and your stature will subtly connote authority.” Being so visible, you may also be called to question or comment first, which can work in your favor. Photo: Comstock/Thinkstock

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Don’t lead with a disclaimer.

According to Clarke, women tend to pepper their ideas with disclaimers and apologies, like “I don’t know if this will work, but…” or “This might not be what you were thinking of, but…” Instead of giving your audience a reason to discount what may be an excellent idea, present it without any judgment at all and let them decide what they think. You’ll be surprised at how much people will trust you if you trust yourself. In situations that require a disclaimer, Clarke recommends making it after you’ve asserted your facts or opinion; for example: “I don’t think we should move forward with this project, unless of course I don’t have the latest data that would suggest otherwise.” Photo: Jonathan Ross/Thinkstock

If you want to be taken more seriously at work, take a look at how authoritative you appear. Many people, especially newer managers, undermine their own authority without realizing it, and then wonder why they’re not more respected.

Here are 10 ways to exude confidence and appear more authoritative at work:

1. Get clear on your own authority. Often, managers and others with authority squander it by acting as if it’s not part of their role. So if you have the authority to make decisions, move projects forward, give feedback, resolve personnel problems, and so forth, act like it. Get very clear in your own head (and with your own boss, if necessary) about precisely what authority you have, then speak and act with the confidence of your position.

2. Get aligned with your boss behind the scenes. There’s no faster way to destroy your authority than to say one thing and then have your boss reverse it later. To avoid this, get aligned with your supervisor on tricky or sensitive issues ahead of time. By getting in synch upfront, you’ll be able to act with more confidence, knowing that you won’t later learn that your boss had an entirely different take on the topic than you did. (Plus, your boss will probably appreciate the opportunity to get aligned ahead of time, too.)

3. Know what to say when you don’t know the answer. You might not know how to handle every situation that comes your way, but you can still respond with confidence. Phrases like “You’ve given me a lot to think about, so let me get back to you” or “I appreciate you raising this, and I’ll think it over” let you exit tough conversations gracefully.

4. Don’t get angry or upset. People who are confident in their own authority know they don’t need to get angry or upset with others because they have the authority to fix problems. Getting upset will undermine you, since it signals that you don’t know a more effective way to respond. For instance, if you’re talking with an employee about a performance problem, you might sound concerned, but you shouldn’t sound angry or hostile. You should be confident that you have the tools to back up your words with action if you need to.

5. Stop worrying about being liked. Your focus should be on being respected and effective, not on being liked. And to be effective, you’ll need to assert yourself without worrying about others’ approval, deliver hard messages, and make decisions that not everyone will like. But if you’re deeply invested in being liked, you’re likely to sacrifice the very behaviors that will make people take you seriously.

6. Pay attention to your tone of voice. Don’t shy away from declarative statements, and don’t end sentences with a question mark unless they’re truly questions. If you sound hesitant or unsure as a habit, people will assume that you either don’t really have the authority you should or that you’re not willing to use it.

7. Get rid of fillers like “um,” “I think,” etc. Be disciplined about erasing these fillers from your speaking, because they’ll water down your point and make you look nervous and less confident in what you’re saying.

8. Become comfortable with silence. If you’ve ever seen someone rush to fill silence by chattering nervously, you know how it can diminish their authority. So when you’re speaking, make your point, and then stop. Similarly, it’s fine to pause before responding to a question. Confident people assume that others will wait for them to speak, and that they don’t need to rush in to respond before they’ve formulated their thoughts.

9. Drop the defensiveness. While responding defensively when your decisions are questioned is generally an attempt to protect your authority, it will actually make you come across as less confident and less in charge. Confident people are open to the possibility that they might be mistaken or that there might be a better way of doing something.

10. Be direct. Rather than shying away from difficult or awkward conversations, you’ll appear far more authoritative if you simply say what needs to be said, directly and straightforwardly. Assume that addressing problems head-on is a key part of your job, and act accordingly.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. She’s also the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results, and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development.

Are people with inferior skills getting promoted faster than you are? There are plenty of potential explanations for this, but one is that you aren’t exuding the same level of authority as your more successful counterparts. Overall, the key is to cultivate stillness; stillness equals high status. The following steps will help you do that:

Instructions

1. Stand solid with your shoulders square to your listeners. Plant your feet hip-distance apart. Stay still. There is a more advanced approach where the speaker moves around the stage, but in the beginning, focus on being solid and still. If you are sitting, sit as tall as possible to establish credibility.

2. Take up more space — that is, gesture a little larger, stand a little wider and straighter, move around a little, making sure to stay still when you reach your destination (which generates a feeling of stability and certainty).

3. Maintain strong eye contact. Generally, speakers should aim for eye contact for 3 to 5 seconds; for a stronger feeling of authority, stay closer to the 5-second limit. With large audiences, divide the room into sections (perhaps a 3 x 3 grid) and make eye contact with someone in each section, covering all sections in the room. Get their heads to nod. Always be looking at someone.

4. Hold your head still when speaking.

5. Speak loudly. Higher volumes project confidence and authority. However, too much volume causes people to shut down to protect themselves.

6. Use short, concise sentences. Eliminate fillers like “sort of,” “I think” and “um.” Be brief and direct. Declare your opinions boldly. Pause between ideas without yielding the floor. Making people wait for you, just a little, is a very powerful act.

7. Use a downward inflection. An upward inflection indicates a question. To increase your appearance of authority, speak with a downward inflection to indicate certainty about what you are saying.

How to appear more authoritative

Confidence can carry you through a lot in life. It can help you perform better in job interviews, appear more authoritative when addressing a crowd, and land more deals and partnerships in your business. Unfortunately, most of us don’t feel confident 100 percent of the time, and when we do feel confident it doesn’t always project outward in ways that enable us to succeed.

During the course of conversation, there are several tricks you can use to make your words sound more authoritative, and to address your audience with greater overall confidence. Here are seven of them.

1. Speak more slowly.

Some of us speak faster when we’re nervous. Some of us are naturally fast talkers. Regardless of your motivations, conscious or subconscious, speaking too quickly indicates a lack of authority or a lack of confidence. In addition, while speaking quickly, you’re more likely to make mistakes in your enunciation, and you have less time to think through your words. Focus on speaking more slowly in your conversation, allowing your words to draw out and giving your sentences a weightier rhythm. Your audience will have more time to digest the words you’re speaking, and you’ll be less likely to make any critical errors that compromise your speaking integrity.

2. Use pauses to your advantage.

Using pauses is another strategy that can help you speak slower, but it’s effective in its own right. Work on creatively using pauses to give more impact to your speaking. For example, if you have an opening for a public presentation that’s eight sentences long and you make a significant point after sentence three, throw in a sizable seconds-long pause. It will add more weight to whatever your last sentence was and give you audience time to soak it in. It also gives you a chance to collect your thoughts and prepare for the next section of your speech, adding to the total amount of authority and confidence you project.

3. Avoid asides.

In a scenario that allows for preparation, such as giving a speech to a public audience, asides are fine. You have advance time to prepare them, determine if they’re relevant, and include them if they are. In more natural conversations, however, improvised asides can be damaging. For example, if you’re in a job interview and you answer a question directly, then spiral into a related story about something that happened to you a few years ago, it could be a sign that you’re nervous and looking to fill conversational space. Instead, focus only on what’s immediately relevant.

4. Lower your vocal range.

Take a look at some of the most famous speeches throughout history, at currently popular politicians, and even at local newscasters. You’ll find that most of them have lower tones of voice, and this is no coincidence. People tend to view speakers with lower speaking voices as having more authority and confidence. As much as you can, practice speaking in a lower tone of voice. Don’t force yourself or you’ll sound unnatural, but if you can get yourself a tone or two lower, it can make a real difference.

5. Improve your posture.

Body language is just as important in conversation as the words that leave your mouth. Whether you’re sitting or standing in front of your audience, work to improve your posture. Stand or sit up straight with your shoulders back, and keep your head held high. This will make you appear bigger and more confident, and will help you feel more confident as well. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of aligning your body so you can breathe–and therefore speak–more efficiently. Posture can demand a lot of work, so make sure to practice in advance.

6. Gesticulate.

Gesticulation–the practice of using your hands and arms to punctuate or enhance your verbal statements–is another valuable body language strategy. Speakers who use body language actively in their presentation tend to be viewed as more confident and more authoritative than those who do not. Obviously, different hand gestures can signal different things, and if you simply wave your hands wildly in front of your audience, it may make you come across as out of control. Instead, focus on reserving your hand gestures for your most impactful words, and try to keep your movements reserved and under strict control.

7. Talk more.

The conversations that matter in our lives–whether they’re in the form of a public presentation or a business negotiation–are somewhat rare. But that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for those meaningful conversations in our everyday lives. Seek out new opportunities to communicate with others whenever you get the chance, and in any context. Put these speaking strategies to practice and focus on improving your abilities over time. The only way to get better is to plunge in and keep working at it, so sign up to be a public speaker when you can and strike up conversations with strangers wherever you go.

The beauty of these conversational tricks is their sheer practicality; they can be used anywhere, in almost any context where you’re speaking to one or more other people. Experiment with them by practicing on a friend or a colleague. Over time, they will become second nature to you, and your natural speaking voice will convey a greater overall level of confidence and authority.

How to appear more authoritative

Usually, smiling indicates a positive, approachable and likeable person. It can send your attraction levels soaring from the perspective of another and create an emotional, often subconscious, reaction within them.

But do all smiles have this effect? Is a simple smile really going to instantly up your attractiveness? Well, it depends. The type of smile you give and the situation you give it in, can make a difference to how it’s interpreted.

A smile can also make you less reliable

Yes, research has found that people who smile more are considered more attractive and likeable. While those who give the impression of looking sad tend to be seen as less approachable. It could be a case of face shape and the mouth naturally sitting in a down-mouth expression. When we’re not consciously thinking about smiling or actually feeling inner sadness, our faces can send out the signal of keep away.

But the opposite can also be a problem. If you smile too much, say in a formal situation such as a business meeting, you can actually come across as being less reliable.

So how can we smile in the right way and at the right time to give the best impression?

Human brains can’t really differentiate if a smile is fake or real most of the time

When it comes to social situations, you can never really smile too much. This is because your aim is to exude your confidence and positivity towards others. It’s a type of human bonding in order to carry on interactions and become part of the pack.

If you’re a person who often gets comments about always looking angry, sad or standoffish, it can be frustrating especially when you’re not particularly feeling those emotions as you go through your day.

The key is to practice fake smiling. It may sound ridiculous but most people can’t actually differentiate fake smiles from real ones in an ongoing interaction.

It’s been found [1] that the act of smiling – even if fake – tricks the part of your brain associated with happiness and releasing endorphins. The brain can’t differentiate between the physical act of fake smiling or real smiling – to your brain, it’s the same. So when you practice fake smiling the brain thinks you’re happy, and if done enough times will eventually create a genuine, happy smile.

Men perceive women’s smile as “humor”

As a woman, your smile and laugh are extremely powerful in the attraction process. Of course this applies to both sexes, but a man, in particular, responds in a certain way to the positive nature of a smile and a laugh.

In a man’s mind, humor is essential in attracting a woman. If he can make her laugh, he feels he’s succeeding. If you like a guy, use this to your advantage. Smile and laugh that little bit more at his jokes if you want to increase his attraction for you.

What also happens when you smile and laugh more in a guy’s presence, is that he actually interprets your laughter as you being humorous. In other words, in his eyes you don’t have to crack hilarious jokes to be funny but actually just think his jokes are hilarious.

Different types of smile and their effects

We all want to be liked in different situations, and our smile is the one simple weapon we have to achieve this. So what are the different ways we can use our smile to get optimal results?

The ‘Sideways Look Up’ Smile: Both men and women will love you

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This type of smile is considered the most attractive to both men and women. For men, it evokes masculine feelings of protection while women will naturally feel warmth towards you.

Why? Because the smiler instantly comes across as child-like, playful and secretive. For men, this creates parental male feelings, making them want to care for you and this can be the basis of attraction between potential couples. It’s coy and a people-pleaser which is why Princess Diana, who naturally used this type of smile, was able to captivate the hearts of the people.

Want to Appear Open? Avoid The ‘Tight-Lipped’ Smile

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Think back to situations when someone’s smile has evoked a feeling of uneasiness. Most times their smile has been tight-lipped – concealed teeth and lips stretched tight across the face.

Depending on whether you’re a man or a woman, you may interpret this differently. Women tend to use this much more and are usually a sign they are trying not to reveal their true, often negative, feelings. Other women tend to interpret this as a sign of rejection or a withheld opinion causing them to become cautious. Men, on the other hand, can be more oblivious to its meaning.

If your intention is to remain mysterious and promote a sense of curiosity in another person, then this type of smile may work but use it with caution. Most people react better to how open you appear which will mean smiling more with your teeth showing.

Get Playful With the ‘Drop Jaw’ Smile

How to appear more authoritative

This kind of smile isn’t necessarily natural but if done in the right way will allow you to appear like you’re laughing and more playful.

When you smile, simply drop your jaw down by opening the mouth up more. You may have seen this technique in clowns usually using face paint to exaggerate the open smile.

There are certain situations where using this type of smile can be to your benefit. If you want to come across as more friendly – say, as a boss wanting to be more open and friendly to your staff – this is the perfect technique. However, be aware that using the drop-jaw smile in a more authoritative setting is best to be avoided as it gives off the wrong impression and could make people believe you’re not to be taken too seriously.

So try to be more aware of your smiling. Ask yourself do you smile enough? If not practice fake smiling. Think about the situations and how your smile is being interpreted. Being aware of using the right smile at the right time can significantly increase your social, romantic and career goals.

Confidence can carry you through a lot in life. It can help you perform better in job interviews, appear more authoritative when addressing a crowd, and land more deals and partnerships in your business. Unfortunately, most of us don’t feel confident 100% of the time, and when we do feel confident it doesn’t always project outward in ways that enable us to succeed.

During the course of conversation, there are several tricks you can use to make your words sound more authoritative and to address your audience with greater overall confidence. Here are seven of them.

1. Speak More Slowly

Some of us speak faster when we’re nervous. Some of us are naturally fast talkers. Regardless of your motivations, conscious or subconscious, speaking too quickly indicates a lack of authority or a lack of confidence. In addition, while speaking quickly, you’re more likely to make mistakes in your enunciation, and you have less time to think through your words. Focus on speaking more slowly in your conversation, allowing your words to draw out and giving your sentences a weightier rhythm. Your audience will have more time to digest the words you’re speaking, and you’ll be less likely to make any critical errors that compromise your speaking integrity.

2. Use Pauses to Your Advantage

Using pauses is another strategy that can help you speak slower, but it’s effective in its own right. Work on creatively using pauses to give more impact to your speaking. For example, if you have an opening for a public presentation that’s eight sentences long and you make a significant point after sentence three, throw in a sizable seconds-long pause. It will add more weight to whatever your last sentence was and give your audience time to soak it in. It also gives you a chance to collect your thoughts and prepare for the next section of your speech, adding to the total amount of authority and confidence you project.

3. Avoid Asides

In a scenario that allows for preparation, such as giving a speech to a public audience, asides are fine. You have advance time to prepare them, determine if they’re relevant, and include them if they are. In more natural conversations, however, improvised asides can be damaging. For example, if you’re in a job interview and you answer a question directly, then spiral into a related story about something that happened to you a few years ago, it could be a sign that you’re nervous and looking to fill conversational space. Instead, focus only on what’s immediately relevant.

4. Lower Your Vocal Range

Take a look at some of the most famous speeches throughout history, at currently popular politicians, and even at local newscasters. You’ll find that most of them have lower tones of voice, and this is no coincidence. People tend to view speakers with lower speaking voices as having more authority and confidence. As much as you can, practice speaking in a lower tone of voice. Don’t force yourself or you’ll sound unnatural, but if you can get yourself a tone or two lower, it can make a real difference.

5. Improve Your Posture

Body language is just as important in conversation as the words that leave your mouth. Whether you’re sitting or standing in front of your audience, work to improve your posture. Stand or sit up straight with your shoulders back, and keep your head held high. This will make you appear bigger and more confident, and will help you feel more confident as well. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of aligning your body so you can breathe—and therefore speak—more efficiently. Posture can demand a lot of work, so make sure to practice in advance.

6. Gesticulate

Gesticulation—the practice of using your hands and arms to punctuate or enhance your verbal statements—is another valuable body language strategy. Speakers who use body language actively in their presentation tend to be viewed as more confident and more authoritative than those who do not. Obviously, different hand gestures can signal different things, and if you simply wave your hands wildly in front of your audience, it may make you come across as out of control. Instead, focus on reserving your hand gestures for your most impactful words, and try to keep your movements reserved and under strict control.

7. Talk More

The conversations that matter in our lives—whether they’re in the form of a public presentation or a business negotiation—are somewhat rare. But that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for those meaningful conversations in our everyday lives. Seek out new opportunities to communicate with others whenever you get the chance, and in any context. Put these speaking strategies to practice and focus on improving your abilities over time. The only way to get better is to plunge in and keep working at it, so sign up to be a public speaker when you can and strike up conversations with strangers wherever you go.

The beauty of these conversational tricks is their sheer practicality; they can be used anywhere, in almost any context where you’re speaking to one or more other people. Experiment with them by practicing on a friend or a colleague. Over time, they will become second nature to you, and your natural speaking voice will convey a greater overall level of confidence and authority.

Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a psychotherapist, the author of the bestselling book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," and the host of The Verywell Mind Podcast.

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If you have social anxiety disorder (SAD), you may struggle with how to look approachable.   Perhaps you’ve never considered the signals that you send through your body language, or maybe you feel powerless to control your body because of your anxiety.

How to Be More Approachable

If you struggle to meet new people or join in the conversation at social gatherings, it might be that your body language is sending the message for others to stay away. How then can you improve your body language to appear more approachable? Below are ten tips to get you started.  

  1. Smile. Although it is possible to overdo smiling, generally it is better to smile versus frown. Try to find things that genuinely make you happy or laugh and your smile will come across as natural rather than forced.
  2. Be Accessible. If you are constantly on your smartphone or buried in a newspaper, people will feel like they are interrupting you. Make sure that you are accessible and open to communication from others.
  3. Avoid Blocks. In the same vein, make sure that you aren’t using objects to shield yourself from others. At a party, hold your drink at your side instead of close to your chest. Keeping objects between you and others makes you appear guarded and closed.
  4. Keep Your Head Up. It is hard for others to know to approach you if your head is constantly down; they need to see your face to feel like you want to get to know them. Keep your head level when walking, meeting people, and during social situations.
  5. Use Eye Contact. When you do end up talking with someone, be sure to maintain eye contact. A good rule is about 60% of the time you should be looking in the other person’s eyes. Avoiding eye contact makes you appear untrustworthy or disinterested. If direct eye contact feels hard, try looking at only one eye at a time, or at a spot between a person’s eyes. They won’t be able to tell the difference.
  6. Angle Towards. Watch your feet, your legs, and your body; you should be angling toward the person you are talking to, not away. Any body language that makes you look like you are ready to “bolt for the door” means the other person will feel like you are just not interested.
  7. Avoid Nervous Habits. Even though you might be nervous, avoid the habits that go along with the feeling. Stop touching your face or playing with your hair. Don’t fidget with your pen or the change in your pocket. Keep your hands relaxed at your sides or use them to gesture when making conversation.
  8. Mirror the Other Person. Use this technique sparingly when appropriate. If you are in conversation with another person, mirror his body language to make him feel more comfortable; make some of the same movements that he does. Don’t overdo this strategy or it will become obvious what you are doing.
  9. Nod During Conversation. When listening to someone, nod to show that you are paying attention and interested. Doing so reinforces for the other person that you want to be involved in the conversation. One way to take the focus off yourself during a conversation is to plan to share what you’ve heard with someone else afterward. This will cause you to stay focused, ask questions, and summarize to make sure you understand.
  10. Be Positive. Beyond body language, always be positive. Say nice things about other people instead of mean things. Approach others and include those who seem to be left out. Be a positive person and you will attract other positive people to you.

A Word From Verywell

If you experience anxiety, it might feeling overwhelming to change habits that make you appear unapproachable. And there may be times when you don't want to change for fear that you will be approached by someone who wants to talk.

Although it may feel unnatural at first, with the time you should start to feel more open and confident as a result of changing your body language. If, however, you still struggle to be open with others, it is best to seek help for your social anxiety. There are effective treatments such as medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that will make a difference in your life.  

How to appear more authoritative

Have you noticed how some people seem blessed with the ability to convince with their words? They are confident and powerful speakers – who know how to successfully deliver their messages. Unfortunately, for most of us, we don’t naturally have these skills. For example, when called on to speak in a team meeting, we may find ourselves stuttering our words, drifting from our core message, and generally sounding weak and ineffectual. Fortunately, there are several techniques you can use to instantly boost your credibility and authority.

1. Present both sides of an argument

Recent consumer psychology research has shown that two-sided arguments are more persuasive. [1] This may seem counterintuitive, as presenting only one side of a story would appear to be the obvious choice when looking to persuade people.

However, by presenting both sides of an argument, your audience will believe that you’ve studied your subject carefully and meticulously. They’ll also know that you’ve chosen your personal preference only after looking at all the facts.

A great example of this can be found on websites such as AliExpress, Amazon and eBay. These global, online retail giants encourage customers to rate products and services, and give feedback – good or bad. By offering this feature, people considering a purchase can quickly determine if a product or service is suitable for them.

This system works perfectly. Picture the alternatives:

  • No ratings or feedback allowed
  • Only positive ratings or feedback allowed

Clearly, neither of these would be effective.

So remember, to persuade your audience to your point of view, be sure to present both sides of an argument.

2. Give key information at the start of your presentation

Are you familiar with a concept known as the “primacy effect?” [2] If not, here’s what you need to know.

The primacy effect states that information given at the beginning of a sequence has a stronger and longer-lasting impact than information presented later. In other words, to have the most impact, you should place your key messages and benefits at the start of your presentation. By doing this, your audience will immediately perceive your information (and you) as being favorable, helpful, and instructive.

Of course, you don’t want to give all of your key information right at the outset, but just enough to catch your audience’s attention. If your presentation is broken down into sections, then start each of these sections with strong ideas and memorable stories.

By starting strongly, you’ll boost your self-confidence, while at the same time magically captivating your audience.

3. Remove the phrase “I think” from your sentences

A common problem with ineffective presenters is that they often begin sentences with the phrase: “I think…”

In day-to-day conversations, this phrase is perfectly acceptable and normal. However, if you want to be a persuasive communicator, then you should definitely drop “I think” from your sentences. It’s all about sounding clear and decisive.

As an example for you, which of the below sounds the most convincing?

“I think our product is of high quality and has good value.”

“Our product is of high quality and has good value.”

It’s obvious isn’t it? The second example goes straight to the point, and oozes confidence and strength, whereas the first example leaves a feeble impression.

Whenever you need to present information, adopt the three tips above to make yourself sound compelling and authoritative. Audiences will grasp your information quicker and easier. And they’ll also remember the key takeaways for far longer.

How to appear more authoritative

Successful companies understand the importance of leadership in bringing about organizational success. That’s why leadership skills often top the list of competencies hiring managers look for when reviewing job applications.

But the concept of “leadership” is not as black and white as you might think. There are many leadership styles, each of which can be leveraged in different scenarios to achieve results. Truly effective leaders are capable of shifting their approach depending on what they’re trying to accomplish—tailoring their style to meet the needs of their team.

Authoritative leadership is one style that can be incredibly effective in certain scenarios. Here’s an overview of what authoritative leadership is, how it differs from other leadership styles, and the pros and cons you should keep in mind when considering this approach.

What Does It Mean to Be an Authoritative Leader?

The authoritative leadership style was first defined in 2002 by Daniel Goleman in his book Primal Leadership. Typically, it’s discussed alongside other leadership approaches defined by the author: Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Coercive, and Pacesetting. While all of these styles have the potential to be effective when deployed in the right situation, authoritative leadership is often viewed as one of the more positive and harmonious of them.

Characteristics of Authoritative Leadership

Authoritative leaders, also called visionary leaders, tend to approach leadership like a mentor guiding a mentee. Instead of telling their team to follow instructions and do as they say, authoritative leaders put themselves in the scenario and utilize a “come with me” approach. They have a firm understanding of the challenges to overcome and the goals to reach, and have a clear vision for achieving success.

Authoritative leaders inspire motivation. They offer direction, guidance, and feedback to maintain enthusiasm and a sense of accomplishment throughout a project or endeavor.

At its heart, authoritative leadership depends on a thoroughly developed sense of emotional intelligence. To be effective, authoritative leaders must demonstrate certain emotional intelligence competencies, such as:

  • Self-confidence, to develop a vision and inspire others to follow it
  • Empathy, to understand and anticipate the emotions felt by team members at key junctures during a project
  • Ability to adapt, to identify and remove barriers to change that may be required for success

Authoritative vs. Authoritarian Leadership

While the terms “authoritative” and “authoritarian” leadership sound similar—and are often used interchangeably—they are very different.

Authoritative leaders guide their team by example and inspire progression toward a common goal, whereas authoritarian leaders rely on commands and demand compliance without question. Authoritative leaders say, “Come with me;” authoritarian leaders say, “Do what I tell you.” Authoritative leaders view success as something to be shared by the team; authoritarian leaders view success as stemming from themselves.

While authoritarian leadership, also called commanding leadership, is often viewed as a more negative approach, it can be highly effective in the right circumstances, particularly when a company or organization needs firm guidance through a crisis or challenge.

Pros and Cons of Authoritative Leadership

If you’re considering incorporating the authoritative leadership style into your management processes, it’s essential to understand the pros and cons of the technique so that you can determine when it is—and isn’t—appropriate to leverage.

Pros of Authoritative Leadership

  • Authoritative leaders bring clarity: They are effective because of their ability to inspire, motivate, and influence their team. Often, this motivation stems from their ability to understand a company’s strategic goals and communicate them in a way that’s easy for employees to follow. When everyone knows what the organization is striving toward, it’s easy to ensure everyone is aligned.
  • Authoritative leaders provide direction and vision: They approach projects and initiatives from a position of confidence. They have a clear vision of what success looks like, and give their team members clear direction and constructive feedback as they work toward organizational goals.
  • Authoritative leaders breed goodwill: For the authoritative leadership style to work, a person must approach their team from a position of empathy. By understanding the personal and professional emotions, desires, and worries of a team member, an authoritative leader is better able to identify potential roadblocks to performance and remove them, while simultaneously incentivizing success.

Cons of Authoritative Leadership

  • Authoritative leaders can appear overbearing: For employees who are accustomed to having free reign over how they complete tasks, work toward company goals, and contribute to overhead, the prescriptive approach of the authoritative leadership style can appear somewhat overbearing. This can be especially true for young leaders who are responsible for overseeing older or more experienced colleagues.
  • Authoritative leaders must own their mistakes: For authoritative leadership to be effective, team members must be given a clear goal to work toward and instructions for getting there. This requires the manager to have the conviction to make a decision and stand by their choice. While other leadership styles may depend upon consensus to identify and prioritize goals, where everyone involved shares in the success and failure, the authoritative approach places the risk of failure purely on the shoulders of the leader.

When to Use an Authoritative Leadership Style

Authoritative leadership can be particularly well suited for businesses undergoing a period of struggle or change. A department or team not meeting its goals in recent quarters; a shift in company ownership, leadership, or structure; a corporate turnaround after a decline; or a desire to innovate and change organizationally can all be appropriate situations for an authoritative approach.

It isn’t, however, applicable to all business challenges. A skilled leader is one who can tailor their leadership style to whatever scenario they find themselves in.

Do you want to enhance your leadership skills? Download our free leadership e-book and explore our online course Leadership Principles to discover how you can become a more effective leader and unleash the potential in yourself and others.

I have compiled dnsmasq v2.76 including support for running its authoritative dns server (NOAUTH removed in the Makefile).

Wildcard subdomains with dnsmasq is possible for the caching part of the server.

  1. host-record=*.domain.tld,1.2.3.4
  2. host-record=.domain.tld,1.2.3.4
  3. host-record=domain.tld,1.2.3.4
  4. address=/domain.tld/1.2.3.4

None of them return the expected answer for www.domain.tld.

How to configure a wildcard A record for the authoritative side?

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As stated in the dnsmasq man page, only some options are used to populate the data for authoritative zones:

When dnsmasq is configured to act as an authoritative server, the following data is used to populate the authoritative zone.

–mx-host , –srv-host , –dns-rr , –txt-record , –naptr-record , as long as the record names are in the authoritative domain.

–cname as long as the record name is in the authoritative domain. If the target of the CNAME is unqualified, then it is qualified with the authoritative zone name.

IPv4 and IPv6 addresses from /etc/hosts (and –addn-hosts ) and –host-record and –interface-name provided the address falls into one of the subnets specified in the –auth-zone .

Addresses of DHCP leases, provided the address falls into one of the subnets specified in the –auth-zone . (If contructed DHCP ranges are is use, which depend on the address dynamically assigned to an interface, then the form of –auth-zone which defines subnets by the dynamic address of an interface should be used to ensure this condition is met.)

In the default mode, where a DHCP lease has an unqualified name, and possibly a qualified name constructed using –domain then the name in the authoritative zone is constructed from the unqualified name and the zone’s domain. This may or may not equal that specified by –domain . If –dhcp-fqdn is set, then the fully qualified names associated with DHCP leases are used, and must match the zone’s domain.

In particular only host-record , hosts file entries and DHCP leases can generate A/AAAA records and the –address option is not taken into account. Unfortunately, the –address option is the only way to specify A/AAAA responses for a domain and all its subdomains.

dnsmasq does not have a wildcard record feature known from other DNS servers like bind, as stated in my answer to the question you linked.

This is a guest post by James Adams.

If you are struggling to get more readers and traffic to your blog, then you have probably tried many different techniques. Although it may seem as if the stardom that comes with having a top blog is out of reach, it actually is not that hard to achieve. One of the easiest ways to get there is to emulate the style of the blogs that are already authoritative in their respective niches.

How to appear more authoritative

Read on for 10 common practices that you should be using to make your blog more authoritative.

1. Speak Like a Teacher

Since blogs mostly deal with communicating content, it may be useful to look into the real world to see who has the most authority when it comes to content and information. In the offline world, these are the teachers and professors. They speak from experience and with confidence. You should take the same approach when you are communicating to your readers through your blog.

2. Post At Least Twice Per Day

When Technorati released the statistics of all the blogs they track on the Internet, one fact was striking. The average posting frequency for the top 4000 authoritative blogs was more than twice as much as the posting frequency of blogs with less authority. The more you post, the more authority you will be perceived to have.

3. Keep at It

The average life of the blogs in Technorati’s top 4000 was almost three years. While it’s possible to grow your blog’s popularity in a much shorter period of time, it’s probably a good idea to be realistic and assume that you’re going to need to stick with it for a few years.

4. Have a Passion for Your Blog

It sounds trite, but it’s true. Without actually loving your blog for the sake of writing and communicating with your readers, it will be quite tough to achieve any authority. Eventually, it will feel like too much work and you’ll be tempted to stop blogging.

5. Design

It’s important that your blog is pleasing to the eye if you want readers to stay or to keep coming back. Most often, this means a blog with a clean, crisp layout.

6. Go Easy on the Ads

Occasionally, bloggers try to fit as many ads as they possibly can onto their blogs, trying to earn the maximum amount of money. This may be understandable, but the presence of too many ads takes attention away from the content of your blog and makes your overall site appear spammy. Try focusing on your content at first and put the ads on after a period of time. If you manage the amount of ads that you put on your site, you’ll find that visitors are much more tolerant and will take the time to look around your site, rather than instantly dismiss it.

7. Make it Easy to Subscribe

While ads are frowned upon, what is more acceptable in the blogosphere is to ask people to subscribe to your blog. This is usually done by RSS or email. If you are looking to monetize your blog, then these subscribers could be more valuable in the future.

8. Get Your Own Domain

If you want your blog to look more professional, then it is crucial that you get your own domain name. It is rare to find an authoritative blog that has a WordPress or Blogger sub-domain. A domain name typically only costs around $10 per year, which is a small investment compared to the degree by which your reputation will increase.

9. Highlight Your Top Posts

When many Internet users come across a new blog, they love to check out the "Top Posts" section if there is one. Put your top posts section in a prominent area of your blog, and select your absolute best content to give a great first impression.

10. Tell About Yourself

You want your blog readers to be able to find out about you. New readers will want to know who is writing the blog, and your longtime readers will become even more curious to learn more about you. The most authoritative bloggers aren’t afraid to show themselves to their readers: They are quite often extremely visible personalities.

Creating an authoritative blog is no walk in the park. It is a bit like becoming a rock musician. A lot more people would like to be a rock star than those that actually achieve it. It will probably take at least a couple years to build up a large readership. However, if you implement the above tips, then you will set yourself up for a much higher probability of success.

About the author
James Adams is a UK-based blogger and writer who works at Cartridge Save where he writes in-depth reviews of HP supplies and many other types of office supplies from various top brands.

When determining the position of a webpage in its search results, Google analyses over 200 factors including domain age, on-page metadata, and how much time visitors spend interacting with the site as a whole. However, not all ranking signals have equal importance inside Google’s algorithm, optimising for some specific ranking factors will yield faster results than others. One thing that is commonly agreed amongst SEO professionals is that backlinks (or backlinks) are among the most important factors in ranking a page highly on Google.

A backlink is a link to your website from an external website (also known as a referring domain). Think of it as a citation, when a website with no known affiliation to your site links to your content, that’s an indication that you’ve provided a good informative piece of content. Google then sees this citation and rewards your website.

Now, while this is a simplification for sure, it’s fair to say that: the more backlinks you have from referring domains the higher your page will appear in search results . This is the guiding principle of link building, which is the process of actively generating new links to a webpage to boost its performance on Google.

How to Get Backlinks?

Now that we understand what is link building in SEO and why it’s important for driving organic traffic to pages, let’s take a look at some basic methods of generating new backlinks.

Link building services

The quickest and easiest way to get links at scale is to outsource your link building to a qualified agency. Atomic has spent years cultivating a global network of affiliate sites in every industry niche. Let us do the hard work for you, with your permission we’ll reach out to our partner sites which best suit your business profile and then turbocharge your pages with authoritative links.

Analyse your competitor’s backlinks

A great place to start a link building campaign is by taking a look at your competitor’s websites. Using tools such as Ahrefs backlink checker, you can see which referring domains are linking to your competitor’s webpages. From there, you reach out directly to the website and ask them if they will link to your website or feature your business in a dedicated post of its own.

Ask companies you work with to link to you

Does your business stock products from suppliers? If so, great! Most manufacturer’s websites, especially for smaller brands, contain a page on ‘where to find our products’ which generally lists all the places you can purchase their goods. This is low-hanging fruit, simply reach out to the supplier and ask them to include your site on the page, it’s extremely unlikely they’ll say no.

If your business doesn’t work with suppliers, worry not! We have another tip for you. Try and make a list of each local business that you work closely with. Chances are those websites will have a ‘testimonials’ or ‘our customers’ page that they use to build confidence in their brand. Check their websites and if they have a testimonials page, offer to write them a review in exchange for a backlink.

Unlinked brand mentions

Quite often your brand name will be featured in an article on an external site and the author will forget to link to your site. When you find an instance of this happening, reach out to the author of the post and ask them to link to your website. Usually, they’ll be more than happy to, especially if your brand features heavily in the post.

If you’d like to search for any unlinked brand mentions, one method is to use google. Google offers advanced searching options that you can use to filter results. Start your search query with ‘intext: ’ this tells Google to only return pages that mention your brand in the text. You can also use the ‘-’ filter to remove certain URLs, such as your social media accounts.

Here is an example of how it would look for websites mentioning atomic minus our own site:

Once Google has returned a list of websites mentioning your brand, check the page to see if they’re linking to you. If they’re not, reach out and ask them to add your link!

How many backlinks do I need to outrank the competition?

This isn’t an exact science, the answer largely depends on the number of backlinks your competitor has and the quality of yours and their backlinks. And that’s assuming that both sites have no on-page SEO errors, are both optimised for the target keyword, and have similar domain ratings – which is rarely the case.

However, it is possible to outrank a competing page which has more backlinks than yours if your page has better quality links. Here are the top indicators of a link’s quality and authoritativeness:

  • Site relevancy: is the referring site operating in the same niche as your business? If so, that link is more valuable to Google as it indicates your site has industry expertise.
  • Do-follow links: Links come in 2 major forms do-follow and no-follow. Do-follow links tell the search engine to give the site you’re linking to an SEO boost. No-follow links do the opposite. Focus on generating do-follow links during all link building campaigns. (Take a look at our post on ‘what is a nofollow link’ to learn more.)
  • Domain rating of the referring site: receiving a link from a website that has a tonne of existing backlinks is much more valuable than a link from a website with only a handful of backlinks. Prioritise generating links from more powerful sites when applicable.
  • The anchor text of your backlinks: anchor text is the text which becomes highlighted when you insert a link into it. Anchor text which includes the keyword your targeting will help you to rank faster than anchor text which just mentions your brand or random text.

Conclusion

Link building is a vital part of SEO and is essential if you want to get your page to the top of Google, especially in more competitive searches. Unfortunately, link building isn’t something which just happens passively. To generate backlinks you will need to have a strategy which targets sites that will provide you with an authoritative backlink. You will also need an outreach team to contact referring domains and write content for them if requested.

Building links to your website can be a time-consuming process if you’d prefer to focus on other things, such as running your business, consider outsourcing your link building to Atomic. We will analyse your site and your competitor’s site to create a thorough plan on which actions need to be taken to outrank them. From there we’ll reach out to our partner sites in your niche and begin generating your website authoritative links at scale.

Here’s how to write authoritative content and blog posts that will convert your website visitors into customers and help you rank better in Google.

If you work with us, you’ll see that producing quality content is a collaborative process that consists of the following steps:

  1. Research. We research industry forums and sites like Quora to see what common questions are being asked, we use Google Keyword Planner, Google Autocomplete and Related Searches, and other means to come up with topics which will be useful to potential customers.
  2. The Best Writers. Only the best, most-qualified SEO copywriters are on our team. We insist on top-notch content that adds value to the web. In order to outrank your competitor, your content has got to be better. Our writers adhere to the standards below and provide us with content that is well-researched and “publish-ready.”
  3. Review. This is where you as the business owner gets involved. You will review the content and make any corrections before it’s published to your website. If we’re doing our job, it should only take you 10-15 minutes to review a 1,000 word article and make any edits.
  4. Optimize & Publish. We follow on-page SEO best practices, add image(s), links to your multi-media resources, and internally link to other relevant content on your site, in order to add value and keep readers on your site longer. We include at least 1 call to action.

Our Guidelines For Creating Authoritative Content & Blog Posts

NOTE: We insist that all of our copywriters follow the guidelines below.

If you want to build a website people (and Google) trust, then all of the content you publish must be absolutely 100% lock-down the best content in your business niche .

It can’t be called into question or doubted. It must be engaging. It’s got to be so easy to read even a 5th grader could understand it.

Put simply, the content has got to kick ass!

No one should read it and think, “Hmm, I wonder where they’re making that claim from?” or “I don’t understand this.”

So, here’s how to do it. I recommend you open this blog post in a separate window, so you can see a live example of each step below.