Update to Action point 1 on Delivering effective presentations
Follow-up to First entry on Delivering effective presentations from David's blog
My first action point from the WSPA workshop on Delivering Effective Presentations was to improve my posture over four weeks.
For years, people had always commented that I had bad body posture. This in turn had hindered my ability to come accross as a confident person towards friends, family and strangers.
However, over the last few years, as I have matured and my confidence as boosted, I feel I have made steady improvements to my overall body posture. That said, it has always been far from perfect and I almost always inadvertently slouch or hunch over whether it be when I am sat at a table or desk or even walking around. Over the last four weeks I have tried to rectify these problems by remaining in the ‘neutral stance’.
Over the last few weeks I feel I have done well in returning to a neutral stance after walking or gesticulating. As someone who has always liked to communicate using hands and gestures, over the past few weeks I have almost always tried to return to a neutral positon. I have also tried to keep my head up and as straight as possible when walking around.
As I have been on holiday for the last week and a half, I have been able to look at friends’ photos of me and see if I have improved my posture or not. Likewise whenever a photo was taken of me I tried my best not to slouch and in stead posed with a straight back and with my head firmly staring at the camera. Of course there were times I could not have done this due to my lack of awareness to the camera. However, I feel that on the whole I have remained in a good neutral posture whenever possible which has improved my overall posture over the last few weeks.
Even when talking to people during my travels, whether they were the mates I was traveling with or complete strangers, I felt that I came across a lot more confident and happier than in previous encounters. I have learned that a good posture can help you come across as a confident and happy person which in turn should make you feel like one.
Well David, I was hoping that something I taught you would be useful for presentations, I wasn’t expecting it to change such a big aspect of your life! It’s hard to remember to change something in your everyday life, when you’re busy doing other things, so well done.
I would like to hear whether you have been able to use the other aspects that we discussed in the session. Think about how you can use those – incorporating the must know, should know and could know structure into essays (I know it’s the vacation, so you won’t have much to do now), or maybe the four Ps.
23 Jul 2014, 07:24
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