Have you noticed when you walk into a room, it is often easy to sense the vibe? There are lots of things that contribute to this, many of which I have written about before. However, one element which is easy to give zero thought to is the way we move about. You will have heard me talk about posture before and the impact that has on what we communicate to others about ourselves, especially as it is visible before someone can see our face and associated expressions.
So closely related to that is movement, as that can also be seen from a distance and that gives an overall impression too.
Movement of what?
When I say movement I mean everything from macro movement such as how fast we walk to micro movement which would include the frequency of our blinking (some may not be able to help how this is) and our gestures.
What to consider
The trick as ever is balance and adapting to the context or environment.
In our minds, we may typically associate fast moving with dynamic and efficient, but actually if someone moves too fast that can decrease their credibility, as it communicates they are anxious and just want to get whatever it is over with. ‘They don’t value their own presence, so why should we?’ the subconscious says.
At the same time, moving too slowly can portray a lack of confidence and reticence.
There is also something about making movements seem deliberate. Someone walking across an office in a straight line at a fairly fast pace communicates focus and that they have a goal in mind, someone meandering across communicates something totally different (although may be entirely appropriate, depending on the context).
How about you?
So my message today is think about how you move to best communicate credibility. For example, enthusiasm is great but it should be an upping from the more standard emotion of positivity, so quicker movement at certain points, rather than 100% of the time.
If you’d like to understand more about what you are communicating and work on increasing your credibility, contact me to discuss how I can help.
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