Confidence! Presence! Enthusiasm! It starts with your posture

Something is happening to our posture.  We are certainly slouching a lot more.  Why is this?  Perhaps it is because every task we do is in front of us:  computer work, cooking, driving, lifting, etc.

How does poor posture relate to presentation skills?

We all know non-verbals (body language) can influence what people think about us.  I have witnessed in my trainings how poor posture makes a presenter look bored, dismissive, detached, scared, uncertain.

Is it possible to ward off these negative perceptions?

YES.  And, all it takes is to make a series of small, simple adjustments:

  • Pull your shoulders back; shoulder blades should be down
  • Lift up from your waist
  • Your chin should be parallel to the ground
  • Your weight should be evenly distributed
  • Don’t lock your legs; there is a slight bend in your knees
  • Feet should be hip-bone-distant apart
  • Toes pointed forward
  • Arms/hands should be relaxed in a neutral position

The more you assume this proud stance, the more natural it will feel to you.

The payoff is huge.  What the audience will see is a confident, commanding, engaged and enthusiastic presenter.

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