Keys to Powerful Body Language 0 907

As a business owner, having to speak in front of large audiences is part of the entrepreneurial game. Though public speaking is empowering, it can also be difficult to manage. In my experience, how you should stand, have your hands, look or dress when giving a speech can be confusing.

After reading Sandy Linver’s Speak and Get Results, I have learned how to get my message across through powerful body language.

In her book, Sandy outlines three key areas for superb public speaking: You must transmit authority, energy and audience awareness. Authority refers to looking and sounding like you have something to say about the subject; energy refers to looking like the subject is important to you, and audience awareness is having an interaction with the audience so that they feel like they’re a part of the experience. Here’s a more intrinsic look at these key areas:

  • Authority
  • How do you transmit authority? I have learned that there are several ways in which your body language or non-verbal language can signal authority to the audience.
  • Visual Image: The clothes you chose to wear at 7 a.m. will have a big impact on how your audience judges you. Do you look the way an “expert” on your topic would look? If you’re speaking to an audience about business, you should always look the part.
  • Body Image: Feet should be wide apart, body balanced, gestures supporting the key moments of the speech— these actions convey confidence. There should be nothing distracting the audience from being able to engage your message. If you have your hands in your pocket, for example, it will look like you’re more interested in your car keys than your speech.
  • Voice: According to Sandy, there are five characteristics of a powerful voice:

01. Breathing – Relaxed, deep breaths give you projection and power

02. Articulation – Open your mouth and clearly pronounce the words; no mumbling and no “filler words” (i.e., um, ah, like)

03. Downward Inflection – In all languages, we tend to signal answers by terminating the statement with a downward inflection, and we signal questions by finishing the phrase with a raised tone. Many times nerves will drive us to use inflections incorrectly, which will confuse the audience. Slow down to emphasize the right points of your message.

04. Pauses – Include three-to-eight-second pauses at key moments; i.e., just before key statements or right after a story.

05. Projection and Resonance – When speaking in public, it’s best to use your whole diaphragm— the chest and lungs, as well as mouth and nose. A voice that comes from the chest will transmit powerfully.

Energy

Emitting the right energy during a speech is easy; all you have to do is look like you care about the subject on which you’re speaking. If the speaker doesn’t act like the subject is important, it will be impossible for the audience to engage the messaging.

Audience Awareness

Audience awareness is an integral part of the speaker’s responsibilities. By assessing the audience and determining whether people are engaged or not, the speaker will know what to emphasize and where to slow down. Usually, a quick glance at the audience or a pause in speech can show them that they matter to you.

There’s no hidden secret to excelling at public speaking; it just takes a lot of practice, determination and a willingness to adopt helpful habits. After reading Speak and Get Results, I’m confident I can continue to deliver powerful speeches to the people who are most important to me and my company.

By: Cameron Blake

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Man behind the fashion revolution – Michael Wijesuriya 0 1946

By : Chantal D

“Michael”
Man Behind Fashion Evolution

Each day, we put on clothes that do more than just cover up bodies. We choose clothes that represent our personalities, our moods, the times we live in, our ambitions and our desires. In the Sri Lankan history, there is one man who stand high as a pillar when it comes to fashion whose work is as controversial, and as influential as traditional art.

He became known for his glamorous styles, producing dresses using innovative materials which was quite the unthinkable at the time he stepped in to the industry 27 years ago.

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Seeing his mom dressing up rather elegantly when he was quite young and following her to designers and salons has open up a whole new chapter in his life. His aunt has further influenced him when she moved in with his family where she had her own clothing business.

These experience had made him realize the power that clothing has, where he believes “clothing is a language all of its own”

Born in Sri Lanka, Michael became one of the top fashion icons in 1990’s and 2000. Coming back home after completing his higher education in the United States, he took the challenge in building a fashion empire focusing on luxury to women’s fashion. His resulting success, based on the innovation of both his designs and his business practices, made him the most successful fashion designer in the country. His designs been worn by film stars, celebrities and he became every bride to be’s dream.

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Each and every garment he creates is an innovation of his own, which is a unique peace of art and each of it that leaves his studio has been done by his own hands. Most clothes are made specifically for an individual, as in the case of haute couture or bespoke tailoring and he has no replicas. Although he has a ready to wear line of clothing mostly he’s known as a couture.

Standing high as he can be in the industry and being acknowledge by the honorable President of Sri Lanka for his contribution to the industry, he is one of the most selfless people I have had the privilege to associate.  He has taken more than 20 people under his wings who had absolutely no knowledge of fashion or garments, and taught them everything where he was, believe it or not a complete self-taught artist through trial and error.

A simple man, who live by his rules and a very family oriented where he put most of his time to make people who matters to him happy.

His next ready to wear collection will specifically cater to plus size women where in his eyes, each person should feel confident about their bodies and how they look. It’s an era where everyone wants to squeeze in to a size 8 but not realizing having curves makes a women look more appealing and that is the challenge he took where his next line of clothing will be dedicated for the plus size.

He has been a person who had believed in himself and the God above. Unless you plant your feet firmly on the ground you will lose your identity, thus he is one person who never forgot where he started and who had been there in his pathway lending their hand in many ways in his journey of life.

He is a “Brand” which sometimes impossible to put a price tag to his work of art.

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People fall in love with his work, they fall in love with the man behind the work, because of his talent of capturing their eyes and their heart with his selfless personality. That made his clients kept on coming back to him decade after decade as he became a part of their lives that’s not replaceable.

“Miclael” has become an identity for most women as he created their personality through his creations.

A man who loves racing as a hobby, he has many different talents that’s just natural to him. Painting, music, designing furniture and building them on his own are just a few of his aptitudes.

I think creativity is inside him; never been to a fashion school, he is so strong in his thinking and seeing fashion in his own way, the brand “Michael” has no limits. “Michael” is a name known well in Asia and of course in Europe where people flying just to pick up their dress done by him.

There are many counterfeits and copies for his designs, but none is as close as the bespoke original.

A man who created a ripple throughout the industry of fashion in Sri Lanka is none other than “Michael Wijesuriya” is just “one of a kind” who’s humble enough to know he’s not better than anybody and wise enough to know that he’s different from the rest

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“It is a million dollar export industry and I am a part of it”

  • Name: Yadushika Radhakrishnan
  • Age: 21
  • Currently living in: Colombo
  • Educated at: Lyceum International School, Completed BSc in Economics at Royal Institute Campus, University of London, Currently studying Diploma in Jewelry Design at Academy of Design.
  • Hobbies: Drawing, Photography, Jewelry Designing, Coming up with business solutions.
  • Net Worth: US$162,000
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“I am a proud Global Sri Lankan and an outstanding young achiever”

  • Name: Shaveen Ilapperuma
  • Age: 20
  • Currently living in: Australia / Sri Lanka
  • Educated at: St Peter’s College (Currently at Monash University Melbourne)
  • Hobbies: Playing and Listening to music, Doing Drama, Reading
  • Net Worth: US$458,000
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“I am a global Sri Lankan. I don’t dream about success, I work hard for it”

  • Name: Akna Gooneratne
  • Age: 21
  • Currently living in:  Melbourne
  • Educated at: Deakin University
  • Hobbies: Reading
  • Net Worth:  US$ 382,000
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I am a global Sri Lanka bringing world to my nation”

  • Name – Tracy Francis
  • Age – 36 years
  • Currently living – Globe Trotter, travel to where work takes me.
  • Educated at – Bishop’s College, Aquinas College & BIDTI for IR and Diplomacy
  • Hobbies – Enjoy reading on current affairs, international relations, and on sports.
  • Net worth – you cannot put a price tag on a human. In-valuable.
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“I am a global Sri Lankan taking my nation to the world”

  • Name: Gaya Samarasingha
  • Age: 36
  • Currently living in: Salt Lake City, Utah – USA
  • Educated at:
  • Vihara Maha Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Badulla (early childhood education)
  • Mahamaya Girls College, Kandy
  • Utah State University – BS in Management Information Systems
  • Iowa State University – MBA
  • Hobbies: Cooking
  • Net Worth: N/A
 

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