Today, I am going to talk about posture, and not only the physical posture that is important for your health but also the right posture you need to get when you talk about your business to get credibility in your business and seen as a leader.
This blog is part 4 out of 7 of the series “7 things that will make a difference in your business”
Body language and physical posture
We do spend a lot of time in front of the computer and sitting down. So it is important that you get your screen just in front of you, so higher up your laptop if you can. Also get the right chair and be comfortable.
1- Good posture improves your productivity: you don’t want to spend days going to the physio to fix your back. Proper posture is also associated with other health benefits, like higher levels of energy, lower stress and higher concentration and reduce migraine or headaches.
2- Posture boosts your confidence: your body language and posture will make you more confident. The fact that you open your chest by pushing your shoulders back and lifting your head, you will feel with greater confidence and power.
3- Posture improves communication: some stats suggest that speech only makes up about 20 to 30% of communication.The rest of the information is conveyed non-verbally, by tone of voice, facial expressions, eye-contact, gestures, how we stand, and so on.
Posture and attitude
Your posture is a reflection of your attitude. You should care about others’ perceptions of you, you want to do things the right way, because conscientious people do good work, they report high self-efficacy which show good work performance. Conscientious people are more prone to be reliable, won’t break promises and won’t quit at the first problem.
You need to take this attitude if you want to grow your business. You need to be confident with your company, product and like what you are doing. Your audience will definitely see if you are not passionate with your product/service. Good ethics also have an impact on how well a business performs in the long term.
In our culture today it’s all about “me, me, me”. The reality is that nobody is going to help us unless we do something for them. That is why it is very important you build relationship with your audience/customers before you even talk about your business.
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”– Dale Carnegie
1- Always ask how open your prospect is before you send a link. You don’t want the person to unfriend you on facebook or lose a friend of you because you started pitching him. You want to keep your posture and if the person says no, just reply no big deal and that’s it … move on. You don’t want to be seen as a pushy desperate person.
2- You make the decision: when making an appointment, as a leader you have to give a choice of time, don’t let your audience see you are free all day, all week. It doesn’t reflect on someone busy and growing a business. You need also to make the decision if you think the person is fit to come to your organization or not.