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.