by Jewel Ray Chaudhuri, Ph.D.
Imagine yourself about to enter a room. A networking event, perhaps, or an important meeting with your team.
What are the emotions you feel as you are about to enter that room? Anger? Apprehension? Fear? Curiousity? Perhaps, even joy?
Are you opened or closed to entering the room and what it holds? Is your body expanded or contracted? Do you hesitate or walk briskly into the room? Are you holding tension in any area of your body? Is your breathing shallow or deep?
And, what about your language and what you’re telling yourself as you prepare to enter the room? Are you focused on “you” and how you’ll be perceived? Or is your focus on “them” and making genuine connections or building relationships?
Upon entering the room, does your energy expand so that it is felt by the others in the room or do you stay confined within the comfort of a small space?
Mentally preparing and actually observing your body movement, emotions and language and practicing a different way of being can increase your confidence and enhance your presence as a leader.
So, next time you’re about to enter a room, keep these questions in mind, practice, and observe yourself. It will make a difference!