Tips for More Conscious and Innovative Body Language

Inspire more innovation with faster, better results!

Innovation, communication, body language, resultsSuccessful innovation is fascinating as it combines the best of intelligent thought with expressing it in a way that emotionally ”moves” others into measurable action. This combination is often a challenge as many gifted technical innovators prefer to focus on ideas, software and gadgets more than on people; while the sales and marketing types like focusing on the customer more than on the mechanics of what they are selling. Very few seem to handle both equally well. Yet for those who do, for instance: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, to name a successful few, the rewards can be very rich indeed.

Working with many organizations in the IT and Telecoms areas, regarding their leadership, sales and presentation skills, I can definitely say that when technicians relax and get clear on the power and leverage available to consciously communicate using their body language, magic begins to happen.

I have noticed that for innovators, the most common wake up call comes when they get clear over how much information their bodies express regardless of whether they are aware of it or not. All too often a brilliant idea never leaves the PowerPoint slide because its delivery either annoyed critical, interested listeners or put them to sleep. The content and delivery of your message must attract and inspire in order to reach the next step. You may have invented the perfect mouse trap, but if you cannot present it in a way that inspires and engages your listener, then who are you really talking to? For instance an interesting thought to ponder is how the world would now look if Leonardo Da Vinci had inspired himself and others to actually construct some of his inventions during his lifetime. Instead it took 500 years to realize most actually worked. Even though he was a student of self expression (witness Mona Lisa’s smile), he could have used more room to practice what he preached. A critical skill for successful self expression is more conscious use of our most important communication tool, our own body. Below are some simple tips.

Be Present

If you insist on remaining ”up in your head” when speaking, count on leaving your listeners behind. Learn to serve them (and ultimately yourself) by dancing here and now with their questions and addressing their concerns. Your knowledge of your subject and how to deliver it will flourish the more you can express it in a way it can be heard, understood and acted upon. The key? Be Here, Now and serve!

Relax and be open

Can you catch more money and ideas in a tightly clenched fist or an open and relaxed palm? Stress shortens your life, calm lengthens it. The choice is yours.

Feel more

The key to becoming more present is feeling. After all, when is the only tme you can feel anything, but here and now?! So, if you feel some butterflies in your stomach, a pain in the neck, sadness, anger, joy or even fear, Congratulations! You are still alive. Begin now focusing your intellect and energy on delivering your message.

Inspire

The word inspire comes from Latin and means to ”breathe in spirit”. To bring any innovation into existence you will need to inspire yourself and others into action. The easiest way to begin is to inhale more air. Notice what happens to the power and believability of you and your message. We are all essentially wind instruments. Just like a flute or a tuba, the more air you use, the more power and feeling you can resonate towards your listener.

React less/Respond more

React means to ”act again”, respond means to ”answer back”. The first is an automatic process often triggered by an old, often forgotten behavior pattern. The second may start with the exact same stimulus, but with a bit of conscious reflection you have the opportunity to respectfully answer back in a way that moves your listener, you conversation and its possibility forward towards your innovative goal.

Demonstrate Respect

As Aikido master Yoshigosaki suggests, ”treat your listeners in a way which shows you ”understand that you have no understanding of who they are”. What kind of a response and support will you receive when you practice treating others with all the wonder and curiosity of a two year old or someone who has just met the person of their dreams? Could this inspire more insight and finance to help your cause?

Appreciate

all contributions. You may think that what was just said was the dumbest thing you ever heard, especially with its reference to your brilliant innovation. Yet, what if that is the best your speaker can currently muster? What if he/she is looking for your support and guidance to understand your message just enough to write you a check?

If practicing the above tips can support your cause to innovate better and faster, then you are welcome to learn more by downloading your complimentary copy of my new book,

Conscious Body Language – Your most sensational soft skill” at:

http://tinyurl.com/knl7ws7

In it you will find more tools, methods and tips on how to consciously practice expressing your ideas and innovations in a more understandable and actionable way.  Then go innovate!

Written by Kurt Larsson

About The Author

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I am fascinated with what makes us humans ”tick”, especially when it comes to how we consciously communicate and express ourselves with our body language. My business background is in international sales and sales management, selling everything from automobile tires in Houston, Tx, to retail banking delivery systems in 20 countries. I have graduated from CoachU’s 3 year Coach Training program, been certified as an Extended DISC consultant and become a Certified International Body Harmony Teacher with over 20 years of ”hands-on” experience in bodywork. This rich and varied background combined with over 20 years of being an entrepreneur has blessed me with insights and experiences I never would have noticed in the corporate world. Mainstream business now seems to be waking up to the riches available from more conscious and responsible business practices. Expanding Understanding’s Sensational Soft Skills Toolbox , the books I have written and training I have developed now provide savvy decision makers and their colleagues measurable results and a more restful night's sleep. These tools provide an edge in consciously understanding, deliberately using and profiting from the most powerful communication tool available, our bodies. I look forward to meeting you on this path to mastery in non verbal communication.

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