When you spend 10 hours a day on video conferences, it’s easy to forget that you even have a body. Working at home may mean no commuting, but it can mean a lot less movement for our bodies.
Ignoring your body will have an impact not just on your health, your mood, and your judgment, but also on your power as a communicator. Since I’m not a doctor or a psychologist, here are a few ways moving your body helps you be a better communicator.
When you feel stiff, stuck, and sore, listening to anyone else is a chore. If you do your 1:1s on the phone, while out for a walk, breathing air and seeing things, you may actually be able to concentrate more on the person you’re meeting with, not less! If you’re working through a thorny problem, the endorphins you’ll get from a brisk walk will really help you find courage to solve it.
When you have no feeling left in your legs and your back is slumped like overcooked macaroni, how can you possibly be a dynamic speaker in your industry talk via video? Try setting up a standing desk to replicate what it feels like to be on stage. Better yet, do some stretches and breathing exercises before you start, just to awaken and enliven your body, which will enliven your mind. And don’t we all want that?
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