Section 2: Posture
Your body is constantly signalling the people you meet. Posture influences the snap second judgement people make about you, but also what you think about yourself. In addition, proper posture is good for your back, what’s not to like?
Stand up straight, but relaxed
To find positive posture, try the following:
- Stand with your feet as wide as your hips
- Make yourself as tall as possible, imagine being pulled up by the top of your head
- Now keep that feeling of being tall but relax your shoulders
- Relax your neck and angle your head so you don’t have to look up or down to look an average person in the eyes
- Relax as much as possible while maintaining your posture
- Don’t puff your chest, it should be flat as if you are lying on a floor
- Pull your shoulders back very slightly
Sit up straight, but not rigid
When you start sitting up straight, you will notice how small most people make themselves. You will instantly feel quite tall when sitting at a table. Keep your back straight, but relax as much as possible.
Always have some tension in your core
Your abs, back and general core should never be flaccid/floppy when you stand or sit. Keep your abs and core in general under some tension. Not only does it reflect well upon your posture, but it also makes it easier to move with grace.
The stance of your feet says a lot about you. It’s not an exact science, but putting your feet closer together generally signifies insecurity, whereas a wider stance indicates confidence.
Both holding your feet too close together and too far apart can reflect badly upon you. Try to aim for a position where your feet are at hip width or slightly wider apart, but not much.