Below are some brief exercises to help you develop better practices around your Leadership Bearing.
NOTE: Some of these exercises were part of a speech given at the "Women In Defense" Leadership Symposium in San Diego in February, 2009.
It was also generously profiled by author, CBS News correspondent and car bomb survivor, Kimberly Dozier, on her blog. Click here for more information.
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If you do this prior to walking into a room – even pause for a second or two for an extra breath – it will change how you move, are perceived, and feel as you participate in whatever activities are occurring in the room.
For a number of very good reasons – cultural, psychological, etc. – it is difficult for some people to maintain eye contact.
If this is you, or you find yourself tiring – use one or both of these actor’s tricks:
A full, deep, easy breath can support your efforts, banish nervousness, and give you the air capacity to project your voice, carry your tone, or move into action.
And amazingly, many of us do not know how to breathe effectively, and must learn how to do so.
If you have ever done yoga or martial arts, taken Lamaze classes, played a wind instrument or been taught formally to sing, you have likely been exposed to these techniques. If you haven’t, you might like to take a class, or, simply ask a friend who has.
In brief, however, with a full, deep, easy breath:
In a cleansing breath – which you might need if you are nervous!:
Practice#2: Stop & Block!
Practice #3: The Wrong Gestures
Practice#4: Eye Contact - An Actors' Trick
A Side Note: Breathing
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