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With Great Posture Comes Great Presentation!

“With Great Posture comes Great Presentation”*

 said Voltaire *almost

For a great presentation, great posture and body language are imperative. 

Ideally, we want to portray a more confident, more measured and more approachable presence when speaking or giving a presentation. 

Here is how and why with great posture, comes great presentation.

So here are 4 tips to improve your presentation skills, with Posture and Body Language

1  Posture 

Your posture affects your voice. So before you begin, here are 6 ways to perfect your posture for speaking

*Depending on whether you are standing or sitting

  • Standing – plant your feet parallel, hipbone width apart and think Tall and Open
  • Sitting – sit squarely on your set feet planted slightly apart and hands resting comfortably
  • Spine straight and neither slumped nor rigid
  • Work tension out of the shoulders and the neck area.
  • Swing the arms – this is an important area, because we want them relaxed
  • Smile and open the jaw – soften your jaw

 

2  Use your Head

Face your audience, eyes front.

What we are looking for here is openness, to be on the same level as your audience and to be approachable. 

Often used when listening to somebody,  is the 45 degree angle. (think of your posture when taking questions from your audience)

This unintentionally comes across as superiority with an unapproachable air.

The Mona Lisa is a perfect example of this, does she have an air of engagement, is she ready to listen? Is she open and approachable? Certainly not!

how not to look at your audience!

 

3  Straighten up!  

It’s something most of us will have been told at some point, yet it’s something many of us fail to do when we present.

Here’s where posture comes into play again.

A straight back and a tall posture helps you to project your voice and confidence.

Hunching your shoulders, in contrast, can make you look withdrawn and lacking in confidence.

When we feel low, we often hunch our shoulders.We feel vulnerable and we retreat into ourselves.

We feel small.

On the other hand, when we feel jubilant, we leap in the air with outstretched arms.

We feel tall.

Take this feeling into your presentations.

Stand up tall with a straight back, You’ll look confident, positive and approachable.

Stanford Graduate School of Business provide an interesting talk on how to Make Body Language Your Super Power

 

 

4 Uncross everything!

Why do we sometimes cross our legs when standing up to give a presentation?

 

 

*We feel it’s a more comfortable way of standing.

*We’re nervous.

*We’re completely unaware of the fact we’re crossing our legs.

Perhaps all three.

The problem is that it’s giving a signal to the audience that we feel uncomfortable presenting. Body language and good posture are vital to a good presentation.

Take a close look at the picture above, though smiling, her arms are as close to her body as possible and her legs are crossed.

Does she look confident and open?

The audience wants to feel that it’s in capable hands – and they’re only going to feel that if you uncross your legs and stand up straight, with great posture and body language.

 

When you hold yourself confidently, the audience will feel that confidence – and naturally believe in you.

 

stillness and executive presence

The Simple, Powerful Tip to Build Your Executive Presence

One question we get asked all the time at our masterclasses and seminars for business executives and C-Suite personnel. What simple techniques can I use to build my executive presence? Well, I wanted to share a simple, yet powerful technique with you.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

I try to go for a jog most days, well it’s more of a “jalk” (half walk half jog!).  I’m very lucky to have an amazing park on my doorstep,the wonderful Phoenix Park.

stillness and executive presence

So recently, I was struggling around my route, I take a corner, and facing me was a group of deer.

There were about 100 of them, lined up in front of me.

The Art of Stillness Builds Executive Presence

What struck me most—no, what amazed me—about them was their stillness.

They possessed such calmness and a phenomenal sense of ease as they looked at me.

But they were also alert, ready to escape at any time. I stood there looking at them, drawn by something – what amazing presence I thought.

Deer are plentiful in the Phoenix Park, so it’s not the first time I’ve come across them and I’m always a little awe-struck.

Why do I bring this up?

An audience is always connected to a speaker who communicates in a relaxed and calm way, but just like a wild deer, a speaker needs to always be alert to the audience.

So if thinking about building your executive presence is something on your mind, I would urge you to try this.

Stop moving around!

It can be distracting for your audience. Instead, find an ease within yourself to simply stand and be present when you are communicating.

You may well find that you connect in a strong and authentic way with your listeners.

Remember this.

As a speaker, you have the ability to instil any emotion in your audience.

If you are agitated or stressed then your audience will also be agitated and stressed.

Imagine, for a moment, a panicking, nervous presenter,

If you are in the audience, guess what? Yes, you also start to panic.

If you are at ease and physically relaxed, then your listener will also be at ease.

As a result they will be more open to listening, and building a connection with you.

So next time you are rehearsing your presentation, try it – it works.

Can we learn other things from nature and the world around us?

Of course we can.

Sometimes we just need to go back to basics when it comes to communication!

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