You have to BREATHE!

Kerstin Oleta, CEO and Founder of The Business Leadership Excellence Institute
Posture, breath, and your energy level is an unspoken nonverbal cue of your social status, your personality, and the confidence you have in what you do. Your body placement rules how your posture and your breath work together.

We are built to breathe!  We started from birth breathing correctly. It is stress from our busy lifestyles that creates tension and gets in the way of good breathing. This video shows how babies naturally breathe correctly and without stress.  Learning to breathe correctly will not only improve your presentation skills, but it will also improve every aspect of your life!

One of the key aspects of feeling good when you speak in front of others is breathing well. Good breathing comes from learning to take a diaphragmatic breath. Good posture is key to achieving a correct diaphragmatic breath.  If the body is squished by bad posture, the breath will feel tight and shallow.

Good breathing allows the body to stay naturally relaxed letting you feel more at ease overall.

The human body is designed to keep this breathing system going on a regular basis by itself. Though the primal part of the brain directs the constant action of breathing unconsciously, we also have the ability to affect the movement of the breath in two main ways: consciously changing the rate (faster or slower) and the changing the amount of physical space for the breath with our posture.  

Breathing to your diaphragm actually means the breath moves downward in your body to the diaphragm.

Learning this correct downward diaphragmatic breath maximizes the power of our breath.  Harnessing this breath power creates mental clarity, enhances your physical presence of confidence, and adds clarity and resonance to your voice giving you the ability to project your voice out to create a stronger connection with your audience.

If you are interested in learning about how you can hone in on your breath and body language as a tool to gain more business and uplevel your leadership skills, click on the link below to view more information at The Body Language Strategy Academy.