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What do you think of when you see someone who interacts with a client, prospect or audience with a slouching posture? Lack of confidence? No energy? Sloppy?
A “slouching posture” can affect our career trajectory, too. And, if we are not standing tall, using expressive gestures, and displaying confidence, then we send a message that keeps us from success. As we make contact with prospective clients and colleagues, everything about our “posture” matters. Posture is about positioning, and owning it! It’s about taking and being a “stand” for something!
To show you’re no “slouch”:
- Prepare to “be” positive, compelling, and have positive information to share. This will involve some research about the person, the company, the market they are in, etc. Find something that has you connect with each other.
- Smile and use an upbeat, genuine tone of voice. You don’t have to fake it, unless of course, you do. Avoid being doom and gloom, for it won’t get you anywhere, and the other person may quickly move away from you.
- Ask thought-provoking questions that have you both looking toward the future.
- Be sure about the value you offer to your clients and company. Get solid on why you or your product or company is “the one”. Speak that powerfully…..with panache!
Practice being the embodiment of strong posture by practicing in the mirror, or with another colleague for support. Any one of these items will define your posture as memorable and, more importantly, someone that is accomplished and successful. Do what it takes to posture yourself for success and fulfillment!