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First Impression – How to Use Posture and Gesture

How can you use posture and gesture to create a good first impression at a business meeting?

You know your personal impact is important, but you can’t help showing how you really feel through your posture and your gestures. So, it’s time to take control of them, right now.

Watching this Video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
(See below for more details)

This video is part of course module number 1.5.1
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 5: Personal Impact
Section 1: First Impression

Primary videos that preceed this video include:
– First Impression – Appearance https://youtu.be/wQKttXHMVps
– First Impression – Positive Attitudes https://youtu.be/eWlV1A6tHow

Primary videos that follow this video include:
Next take a look at our videos on Assertiveness

Posture is how you use your body as a whole. Gesture refers to the movements of your hands and your head, to support the message you are communicating, and give it more impact.
– Upright, open and symmetric body postures give the best first impression
– People look at faces, so your eyes and mouth are crucial
– We naturally use our hands and arms to contribute to the messages we want to deliver
– Getting your handshake right is a key business, professional, and management skill

1. Start to pay attention to your posture and gestures when you are at work and, particularly, when you meet people for the first time. What do you notice? (2 MC CPD Points)
2. Make a list of the aspects of posture and gesture that are important to get right in your culture. Use that list to prioritise the top three changes you need to make. (2 MC CPD Points)
3. At you next three meetings, practice the improvements you want to make. After each meeting, reflect on what you observed and learned. (3×2 MC CPD Points)

Free Resources
– CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Paid resources
– Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)

– What Every Body Is Saying https://geni.us/ZeAUTi
– Book of Tells https://geni.us/5KT8zJA

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– If you also carried out all of the recommended exercises, score a total of 12 MC CPD points

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The Power of Silence: How to Use it to Enhance Your Gravitas
Speaking with the Voice of Authority: How it Builds Gravitas
The Presence of Gravitas: How Deliberate Pacing makes People Take Note
Credibility: Gain Gravitas through Knowledge and Experience
The Trust Equation – Gravitas needs Trust
How to Build Rapport (Develop your Charisma)
How to be Likeable (Develop your Charisma)
The 7 Elements of Charisma
Physical Presence – Creating the Impression you are Completely Present
Mental Presence – Being there, mentally
Presence, Charisma, Gravitas: What’s the Difference?
Confidence – 10 Tips to Act with Confidence
Confidence – How You Can Feel Confident
Confidence – The Basics & Basis of Confidence
Assertiveness – What to Say to be Assertive
Assertiveness – Recognize Passive, Aggressive, & Assertive Behaviors
Assertiveness – What are Passive, Aggressive & Assertive?
Make a Good First Impression – Positive Attitude
First Impression – Appearance: How to Look the Part

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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