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The Body Language of Success: Tricks from Models

The Body Language of Success: Tricks from Models

Body language is so important. It can show how you’re really feeling about a person or a situation. A lot of times the way your body is talking says more than what you’re saying out loud. Your body language can give off vibes that others will pick up and sometimes that can help or hurt their first impression of you. Body language can make or break you: you can come across completely differently to others based on small things you do, i.e. you could come across as a nervous person by the clicking of your pen or you could be a confident role model by the way you present yourself to others.

Whatever You’re Feeling, You’ll Become

Naomi Campbell, who has been in the modeling industry for almost 30 years now, she stated this more than perfectly in a Huffington Post interview: “If you feel fear, fear will become you.” If you’re feeling scared then your body language is going to show that, other people will pick up on it and then what? They’re going to judge you. If you’re feeling confident, then people are going to pick up on that and think, “wow, I want to go talk to that person.” If there’s a way you want to convey yourself, do it through body language first. Watch people who have that sort of ardor about them. Observe friends, role models, people you meet on a train and imitate it. Stand in a mirror and try to practice the way you want to be. Watch the way you cross your legs, roll your eyes, or purse your lips, it all conveys a message of how you’re really feeling.

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Posture Is Everything

As stated, stand in front of the mirror and practice the way you want to be. Don’t slouch, sit up straight. Models don’t slouch, they lean. When you lean too much it’s slouching. Slouching shows that you’re really not committed or interested in whatever it is you’re doing. And it’s bad for your back.  Having good posture when you sit, stand, and walk shows that you’re not only confident in what you’re doing but that you know what you’re doing and you care about what you’re doing (even if you don’t). You don’t want to sit in an interview or stand around at work slouching, it shows that you don’t care about the important project that you’re working on or that you really just don’t want to be there. If a model slouched on a runway or in an interview with someone, they wouldn’t ever get a call back to do a new shoot or walk on the runway again.

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Keep Your Hands Calm

Models almost never move their hands when walking the runway or in interviews. A lot of them take this trait outside their careers as well. Being able to keep your hands calm show that you’re calm. Fiddling your thumbs, clicking a pen, tapping a table, biting your nails, and touching your hair or face a lot are nervous habits. A lot of the time we don’t realize we’re doing it, it’s just a natural reaction our bodies have when we’re nervous, feeling shy, or even angry. Keeping your hands still shows that you are confident and controlled as you go about your daily life.

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Where You Stand Is Important (Literally)

Have you ever noticed how models are spaced a certain distance from the other models on the runway or in photos? It’s important to show how close you’re willing to be and how you really feel about a situation. If you stand too far away from others then you can seem shy and really reserved. People aren’t going to want to talk to you. Taking up space is okay. I’m not saying stand in the way – I’m saying make a stance when you’re standing. It lets people know that you’re there, you’re in the room and you’re ready to be approached. Models don’t shy away and hide in corners, they make sure their presence is known by the way they stand.

Keep Your Head Up

Models aren’t known for being shy. They aren’t the girls you read about in books who hide behind an over-sized cardigan and layers of messy hair with their eyes looking at the floor. Anyone who actually does that may have difficulty getting ahead professionally. Push your hair out of your face, walk in a confident stance and make sure your head is held up. When you have your head down you look insecure, lost and shy. When you have your head up and you’re looking forward, you exert an amount of intensity that people want to be a part of.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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