Posted March 15, 2011on:
Spring is here and the daffodils are standing proud setting an example for you to follow. Your posture reveals how you feel about yourself, other people, and what’s happening in your world. So get those shoulders back, pull in your stomach, and hold your head high.
Think about the impression posture makes: someone slouching sends a very different message from the person who’s standing tall. How you hold your body shows the world how you view yourself – so make that vision positive. By following these simple guidelines and insights you’ll ensure the message you intend to send is both transmitted and received.
- Decide on your posture. Stand in front of a full length mirror and look at yourself. Pay particular attention to your shoulders, face, and the position of your head. What message are you conveying? Turn away momentarily. Decide how you want to be perceived and consider how you can convey that through your stance, breathing and facial expression. Adopt this image and turn back to the mirror. What differences do you notice between the first and second postures? By identifying the posture congruent with the attitude you want to convey you consciously determine how others perceive you.
- 3 main types of posture. Standing – standing straight with your chest gently opened projects strength and stature. For authority put those shoulders back and arms by your side. To add to your appeal lift from your diaphragm and raise your buttocks. Sitting conveys different states depending on the position of your arms, legs and head: back straight leaning slightly forward indicates that you are ready for action and focused in the here and now. Lying down is a great position for reflection, to clear your head and organise your thoughts.
- Reading posture. Understanding the body’s signs aids communication: how people hold their bodies can tell you about their attitude, mood and state of mind. This in turn tells you how best to engage with them. If you walk into your boss’s office and she’s hunched over her desk avoiding eye contact with you, wait to be invited to speak. Her posture is sending out a warning: DON’T INTERRUPT.
REMEMBER: The way you act is the way you are. Feeling negative about your body can be overcome by acting as if you relish and respect every bone, muscle, and sprinkling of fat. By seeing yourself in a positive light you may open yourself to new opportunities.
TIP: In a mood you don’t like? Change your posture and see what happens. If you’re feeling low, pull up from your waist, open your chest and let your head rise from your neck and shoulders like a balloon. Notice how your mood elevates.
TECHNICAL STUFF: Anthropological research states that a person’s posture reflects their past. Suffering prolonged depression may result in a tendency to slouch or sag into the body, whereas people who have a positive outlook tend to hold themselves upright.
CAUTION: Be aware of cultural differences. For example, bowing implies deference; in many Eastern countries it is an expected behaviour for demonstrating respect.
FINALLY: Understanding the language of posture and consciously controlling it results in clear, effective communication and creates positive impact.
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