Your ability to create positive personal impact is one of the key to success that I discuss in Straight Talk for Success. If you want to create positive personal impact, you need to do three things. 1) Create, build and nurture your personal brand. 2) Be impeccable in your presentation of self. 3) Know and follow the basic rules of etiquette.
In previous posts I've discussed being impeccable in your presentation of self from the perspective of what you wear and your on line presence. However, there is a third component of impeccable presentation of self — standing tall. You convey confidence and self assurance when you stand tall.
This is a lesson I've learned and relearned over the years. My friend, Debra Benton, a terriffic executive coach reminds me of the importance of standing tall and smiling every time she sees me. Do three things to stand tall:
• Straighten your spine.
• Roll back your shoulders.
• Raise your chin.
Paula Niedenthal, a French psychology professor says…
"Holding your chin up and throwing back your shoulders helps you feel better about yourself in ambiguous situations. People with their chins down and shoulders rounded are going to be less receptive to potentially good information."
My mom's funeral was yesterday. Our family entered the church with the casket at the beginning of the service. As we began our walk down the aisle, I straightened my spine, rolled back my shoulders and raised my chin. This made me feel a little better — and I think seeing me standing this way helped my dad a little. I wanted the people in the church to realize that we were there to celebrate my mom's life — not to mourn her passing – because we were.
The common sense point here is simple. Successful people create positive personal impact. Being impeccable in your presentation of self is one important key to creating positive personal impact. If you want to be impeccable in your presentation of self, you need to do three things: dress for success, manage your on line presence, and stand tall. There are three things that will help you to stand tall—straighten your spine, roll back your shoulders, and raise your chin. Standing tall is especially important when you are facing something tough, or are feeling less than confident.
That’s my take on standing tall and positive personal impact. What’s yours? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts. Thanks to all of you who have sent your condolences on the passing of my mom. As always, thanks for reading.