|Sitting's okay too... (Painting by Carl Bloch)|
Although living like Jesus is all-too-rare, posing like Jesus is beginning to catch on.
Jacquelyn Smith of Business Insider makes a convincing case for strutting around with hands “about waist-high, or a little higher, spread out so that each one is about six inches out from your hipbone, with your palms facing up.”
Got that? It’s not about what you say, but about how you look while saying it.
Here’s how it works: This alleged Jesus pose allegedly “signals openness, and therefore creates trust with audiences.” On the other hand(s), speaking with arms “protecting” the torso gives listeners the impression that there’s some kind of danger in the room, and they just want to flee from you and your words.
Assuming the Jesus pose, however, is easier said than done. Public speaking is right up there with
death and divorce when it comes to stress. In order to pry your arms away from your chest, it is therefore necessary to breathe deeply (and perhaps say three Hail Marys) before beginning your speech.
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