Tips

Head position

Keeping a level head is important (both literally and figuratively). It is a sign of your focus and attention on the conversation at hand.

Balance

To project a strong image, you need to be balanced in body and in mind. Center your weight between your feet. Keep social conversations balanced. Don’t focus too much on yourself or your listener. Keep challenges in perspective by seeing the bigger picture.

Stand tall

Sitting at desks leads us to slump, curving the shoulders and back. You will feel more alert, speak at a greater volume, and appear confident by lengthening the spine.

Listen

This is the hardest skill to learn and maintain. Pay attention. It’s often cited as the number one leadership skill. A great listener can be overlooked, but a poor listener sticks out like a sore thumb.

Relax

Our foreheads, eyes, jaws, necks, and shoulders are havens for tension. Tension can collect there leading to strained facial expressions, rapid eye movement, poor articulation, fatigued voices, poor posture, and shallow breathing. Inhale deeply and let your belly inflate. Concentrate on relaxing points of tension in the body.