Trust is at the core of every type of human transaction, whether it’s in business, family matters, or with a romantic partner.

If you want to get hired, you need to inspire trust. If you want to make a sale, the prospect has to trust you. To get anyone to listen to your message, they have to feel that you’re honest and won’t double-cross them.

Here are 5 Tips on how to get people to trust you by using the right body language.

1. The best way

The best way to get someone to like you is to win their trust. Like and trust are first cousins.

We generally don’t like people we don’t trust. And we tend to trust people we do like. 

You can’t get someone to trust you by saying “Trust me.” In fact, if you say that, they’ll immediately become suspicious of you! The best way to get others to trust you is by using body language cues. 

Experts say it takes just a few seconds to make a first impression. Either way, the process begins immediately – even before you speak. You’re already communicating – through your body language. 

2. Smile

Give a heartfelt, teeth-showing smile.

This says to the other person, “You can relax and feel safe with me.” Women are generally better at this than men!

To practice, pretend you’ve just bumped into a great friend you haven’t seen in years, or pretend you’ve been introduced to a famous celebrity you’ve long admired. Reproduce that smile, and for a few days practice using it when you greet people. Pay attention to its effect on them.

3. Another smile

Add a smile when delivering encouragement.

When telling someone you’re glad to meet them, or when praising, complimenting, or congratulating them, always accompany that positive message with a smile that conveys your inner feelings of happiness or genuine warmth and affection for the person.

It magnifies your message and makes it more memorable. 

4. Handshake

Use a handshake to intensify the moment.

A strong handshake is absolutely essential, no matter what your gender. But this underused gesture is for more than meeting someone the first time. A handshake when ending a conversation delivers a physical punctuation mark that makes your encounter more memorable.

Also shake hands when thanking someone, congratulating someone, and completing an agreement.

Adding your name to your handshake when meeting someone new makes them 75% more likely to remember your name!

5. Eye contact

Add an extra second of eye contact when shaking hands.

Always look the other person in the eyes for a full second, while smiling, before letting go of their hand. This extra moment has a tremendous impact and significantly enhances your charisma.