Whether you’re giving a presentation, leading a meeting or want to land a job – it’s important to be memorable – for the right reasons of course.
Below, we will walk through three ways you can be more memorable so you can excel in your career, be seen and be heard.
Being memorable starts within. It’s an inside job first because what you think, how you feel and what you say to yourself manifests itself to others. We all have negative thoughts – it’s impossible to make them completely go away. We can however, decide to change the channel when a dis-empowering thought comes into our conscious thinking.
The thoughts you choose to indulge in affect your emotional state. If you’re feeling frustration and stress, it can manifest in slouching posture and poor eye contact.
This model below shows a chain of causes that make up a life. These things aren’t equal; they follow each other in a cascade and show the importance of our thoughts.
Thoughts – Words – Actions – Habits – Character – Destiny
Question for you: Are you focused on the challenges or the possibilities?
Mindfulness is the habit of shifting your attention from distractions and limiting beliefs to the present moment – the here and now. One of the most important things to be mindful of is your breathing because it is the difference between feeling like you are in control of your emotions versus feeling like a nervous wreck.
It helps you go from feeling contracted to expansive. When you are conscious and intentional about your breathing it helps with your posture, emotions, body language and facial expressions. In The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi, Donna points out breathing affects our sleep, our memory, our energy levels and concentration.
Our ability to stay calm and present in the moment during challenging situations and when we are put on the spot – job interviews, impromptu meetings and public speaking starts with calm breathing.
As a Certified World Class Speaking Coach, I host public speaking workshops where participants practice lots of body movement particularly though improv games. When you are aware and intentional of what your body is doing, it gives you control over your message and nerves.
If your mind is focused on the nerves, fear and stress of the situation, our body will react accordingly: muscles tense, shoulders collapse and shallow breathing occurs.
On the other hand, if your mind is focused on having fun and connecting with the audience, your body will be inviting, our posture will be relaxed and our facial expressions will be warm.
Additionally, you can put the mind-body connection into practice by using inviting body language first, so that you can feel more confident. For more information on this, I recommend watching Amy Cuddy’s Ted talk on Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are. Nonverbal communication plays a large role on your ability to be memorable and confident.
There you have it, three Ms to being memorable: Mindset, Mindfulness, Movement
Relax your mind, relax your breathing, relax your body.