Taking Up Space

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Okay, ladies. There's no need to be dainty and small while in the work place. I recently read an article on Forbes.com, "Body Language Decoded." The point of the article is that women have it all wrong when it comes to meetings and we should take cues from men.

Women tend to sit down at meetings, neatly arrange their notebook, laptop and smart phone, cross their legs and listen with their hands folded primly in their laps. Neat, quiet, tucked under the table. Jeannine Fallon, executive director of corporate communications at Edmunds.com interviewed for the Forbes article. She says during a training course she learned that the amount of "space" someone takes up during a meeting equals the concept of "dominance" to others.

So don't be afraid to look others in the eye, smile, give a firm handshake and let your body language show you are engaged in meetings and presentations. Someone else might sit up and notice.


Anonymous said...

I have the eye contact and hand shake down. But taking up more space?!? How exactly does someone my size do that short of sitting spread eagle at the table?
Not a pretty picture.


Denae said...

Ha! Put your arms on the arm rests of the chairs and scoot your chair back a bit from the table (I've read up on this). We have to compete in a guy's world and we are both in male-dominated fields. Only do the spread eagle in slacks. Lol.