I have long believed the whole point of presentation is to make a connection. To make that connection you must be fully engaged and available. You must be open. My years of coaching experience have proven there are two physical elements crucial for open, powerful communication: grounding and breathing. With this awareness, your body relaxes down onto the ground and your breath drops deeper into your body. Your voice sounds lower and you feel as though you are speaking with your whole being. It is one of the simplest things to practice and has a profound effect on your communication. Grounding alone can make you look relaxed, sound strong and feel confident as a speaker.
A world that is aching requires more of us to be available as a resource for its healing processes. It needs us to show up fully and engage responsibly with the collective task at hand: supporting the intricate balance of environmental and relational ecosystems that can support the forces of life on our planet. We can only do so by moving beyond a narrow sense of self and into the greater spheres of interconnectedness and oneness.
From presence, you have access to your most powerful human resources. Presence creates resilience, leading to well-being and ease. In the present you have access to your most important human resources:. Heart : sensual awareness, emotional range, and capabilities—connection and belonging. Spirit : conscious awareness, ability to observe self from self—creativity and flow.
Cultivating presence is a continual practice that takes dedication and diligence. Sadly, this is something that is often given little to no attention. Far too many humans go through their life completely consumed with thoughts of the past and future, never experiencing intentional moments of pure presence. Presence is a state of mind that contributes to greater joy, bliss, and peace — as well as a remarkably decreased level of anxiety, fear, or worry. The key is maintaining a curious and inquisitive attitude towards developing present moment awareness, and trying different methods to determine what works.