Poise and Balance - Tip #33
The scientific definition of poised is ‘being in the state of equilibrium’; it is being ‘in balance’. And it is the fifth most frequently identified characteristic of a classy person - being poised. So how do we achieve this poise, balance, or equilibrium?
Poise is reflected in both the way we look, as well as the way we act. Being poised means how we hold our head when we are standing, sitting, or moving. It also reflects how we talk and communicate. And it is reflected in our behavior.
How a poised person looks --
Being poised means our body looks balanced, in a position to function as it stands or moves. A slumped posture, or hanging one’s head with our eyes looking at the floor, doesn’t give the illusion that the body is in a position to move effectively, or balanced. When we hang our head, our body looks ‘top heavy’ and out of balance.
It is also important to realize that clothing always looks better on a poised body with good posture, because it hangs nicely from the shoulders. Suits even help us out in this area because they are made with shoulder pads to better balance the look of our body.
How a poised person speaks --
Being prepared gives us composure, which is especially useful in stressful situations. This preparation will reflect in our voice, and even if we are under stress or strain, it will not be apparent to those around us.
When we are poised and speaking to another person, we don’t go to extremes. Even if we are praising or criticizing, we stay balanced and in control with our tone of voice and the words we use. Always be careful of words like always, never, everyone, best, and worst. Also refrain from using obscenities, cussing, belittling, or abusive language.
a poised person acts –-
Poise can be described as being dignified or serene. If a poised person walks into a room, eyes automatically go to that person. ‘A quiet poise’ may characterize a powerful person who has the innate ability to connect with other people, while instilling their confidence in his/her vision, without force or threat.
Being a poised person is being a balanced person, so we are seen and heard ‘in equilibrium’.
The classy person maintains a balance in all areas of his/her life. There is a sense of stability and confidence, as he/she does not need to go to extremes -- whether in wardrobe choices, in tone of voice, or in decision making.
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