We are visual beings that deserve to be seen. With specified intention, our bodies can clearly relay our message. But they can also clumsily mislead if we are not connected.
So, we need to have some awareness around this important subject. Here are my top 3 tips for getting aligned with your body and engaging it as a powerful tool for public speaking.
Be soft and strong in your body. Don’t shrink or hide in the hope that we can’t see you, we can! Realign your spine by evenly adjusting your weight between your right and left side and lift up out of your pelvis.
Imagine your vertebrae long and straight. Drop your shoulders down away from your ears, keep your neck straight and your arms loose by the sides of the body. Think about feeling relaxed and open.
Tip: Be mindful of how you carry yourself. Visualise length and lightness, then observe how subtle shifts begin to occur.
If you need to use your hands, then do. If you need to walk around, then do. If you need to throw your arms in the air to celebrate, then do. Don’t let any rule stop you! Work with your body, your message and your intentions - be visual, be seen!
Tip: When you are truly connected to your words, the voice and body will carry and express the message perfectly. Be free.
People like to be seen, engage your audience first with a smile and take them in one face at a time. The eyes reveal so much about what we think and feel so look up and look out, even if you don't feel like it. Act as if.
Tip: Shift the focus away from ‘everyone is looking at me’ and start looking at them. Bring your vision to just above the headline to help centre your gaze.