Many of us spend too much time hunched over a computer or desk all day; I know I do. The result is that we start to develop a bent, hunched over posture. This can have a negative impact on our ability to speak. If you are hunched over AND you are nervous as you are about to begin a speech, the result is that your voice and energy level will sound weak when you begin a public speech.
You may remember your mother chastising you to "stand up straight." That's easy to do�for about 10 seconds, but then how do you remember to continue doing it?
I use a simple technique that takes only 60 seconds and is guaranteed to stretch out your body, realign it, perfect your posture, and make you feel ten feet tall. After using the system, you will breathe fully and deeply, thus enabling you to speak and move with greater confidence and poise.
This technique, first demonstrated to me by my training colleague Mike Landrum, involves nothing more than you and an empty wall.
Step 1. Stand 12 inches away from a wall (facing away from the wall).
Step 2. Place your feet shoulder width apart.
Step 3. Slowly lean back on the wall using your hands, but don�t move your feet.
Step 4. Slowly support your entire back on the wall.
Step 5. Make sure your feet stay planted 12 inches away from the wall.
Step 6. Slowly pick your back up off the wall until the only thing touching the wall is the back of your head.
Step 7. Keep your head looking straight ahead and do not rest on your shoulders.
Step 8. Keep your hands to your sides.
Step 9. Hold that position for 60 seconds.
Step 10. Remove your head from the wall and stand up straight.
You will feel a tremendous difference in your whole body after completing this exercise. You may wish to do this every time before you speak (in the privacy of your own office or hotel room).
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