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Roman orator Cicero’s ‘how to carry yourself’ advice

 In Body language, Owning space

“He must practice an economy of movement, with no extraneous effort – the carriage of his body straight and lofty; his pacing measured and kept within bounds; lunging only to the point, and rarely; without effeminacy in turning his head . . .’

These are the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero, describing a persuasive speaker, in his book The Orator. The suggestions are very relevant for how you present yourself in your sales presentations and other interactions and encounters.

Here’s more of Cicero’s advice. ” . . .no little stage business with his hands; no ‘conducting himself’ to a beat; but governing himself in the expression of his whole body, with a manly torsion from the waist; using powerful gestures when moved, and none at all when calm.”

Women shouldn’t be put off by the “manly torsion” comment. This was ancient Roman society after all.

The ‘how to apply‘ for this post: In the next seven days reflect on Cicero’s advice and incorporate one of his suggestions (eg. carrying your body straight and lofty) as you go about your work.

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