Our body posture signals to the audience among other things how confident we are, when speaking. Spine erect and shoulders down mean, that we feel confident, a power posture. A bent spine and shoulders forward mean that we are flexible and open, a warm posture.
I mentioned in the introduction the 6-key body-language gestures that are part of the inhaling REST. When it comes to our body posture, the procedure is that as we start to inhale, we erect our spine and drop our shoulders down.
Now, suppose we stand through the whole presentation in a commanding posture. Straight-spine, shoulders down, chin up. As if we had a broomstick up our …. BU…Back. What would that look like?
If we don’t demonstrate warm and human gestures and stick to a rigid commanding postures, the audience will expect us to have perfectly synchronized body-language with no conflicts. They will probably have very little forgiveness, when we make mistakes. I say when and not if because only super-heroes don’t make synchronizing and conflict mistakes.
If we can arouse sympathy from the audience, our presence-score, will not be affected harshly by mistakes.
On the inhale we demonstrate power in our posture we are symmetric and erect, on the exhale we demonstrate warmth, we are flexible with our body and add some asymmetric gestures.
Again, we make a separating in the gestures that makes it easier for the audience to digest and reduce the chances of synchronizing and conflict mistakes.