People will make very quick judgments when they see you walking down the hall or into a meeting. Are you excited, scared, tired, angry, or disengaged? You could have a bubble over your head that broadcasts how you feel, but you don’t need to. Your walk does it for you.
If you have a smile, give people eye contact, and greet them, it is amazing to see how many people will smile back and perk up. Do the opposite as you walk the hall, deep in thought without noticing someone you know, and they may feel offended
You can choose the way you walk to demonstrate stronger command of the room and authentic executive presence. When we are coaching people and we ask them to walk into the room like they are timid and afraid, they are always able to do it. We then ask them to imitate someone they know who has strong confidence and presence … they are always able to do that as well. In other words, we know how to choicefully project how we feel.
The issue is that most of us do not think about it … and we should.
Simple tips that are generally seen as positive:
- Keep your head up so your chin is pointed toward the horizon, not the floor.
- Use good posture with your shoulders comfortably pulled back.
- Walk with calm energy and a lengthened stride.
- Own your space.
- Show awareness and interest in others.
The invisible bubble over your head will be more effective as you communicate through your walk.