The First Lesson in How to Look Like a Leader
What is the most popular window display at Christmas? What has crowds enthralled, captivated?
The train circling on a track at the toy store. Constant motion. Wheels turning, smoke blowing, bobbing heads.
Movement catches the eye.
Motion attracts attention. Which is useful in product promotion and entertainment.
The opposite holds true for leadership presentation.
Last night Your Business Blogger(R) Attended a social event at the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce. I did a simple exercise: I looked around the room. Whoever had the least body movement had the greatest “rank” in the room.
A gentleman named Walt caught my eye by what he didn’t do. Walt didn’t move much. Didn’t have his head a-bobbin’. Didn’t move his arms.
Walt Townshend is the president of the Chamber.
When he shook hands he barely moved.
Just as in Japan. Greetings reveal status. The person more junior in rank bows the deepest. The more senior may not barely move his head. The greater the station, the less the movement.
If you are learning to lead, be still.
Being still requires confidence. Following is a clip from Charmaine’s recent appearance with Heidi Fleiss on MSNBC with Rita Cosby. Charmaine shows you exactly what this looks like.
Heidi Fleiss, The Hollywood Madam shows you how not to do it. (Her face lifts are content for another article.)
Update: July 2009 YouTube
Video credit Peter Shinn.
Visit Peter’s blog to watch the video: Prostitution on the Bunny Ranch.
Jiggling half-clad bunnies got everyone’s attention. But it was clear which guest commanded the show.
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Thank you (foot)notes:
Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., at Reasoned Audacity has the backstory.