If you're a little uptight and feeling stressed. Dance it out. I'm talking to everyone here, guys and gals!
Shut the door, put your headset on and move. You will feel rejuvenated. Let your feet do a little tap routine under the desk. Do a double step or two when taking out the garbage.
Dancing is proven to improve stress management and reduced psychological distress and has lasting effects
Dance is rhythm. Rhythmic movement increases energy and lowers anxiety levels.
Dance is definitely exercise. And along with the benefits of exercise it increases our confidence in how we move and the space we take up in the world.
Dance can be spontaneous, teaching us to trust our instincts and impulses.
Dance is often done as a community. Being around others who are also moving can decrease feelings of isolation. It can also support us in learning how to form healthy relations around wellness and common interests and fun.
Dance expressed our individuality. It helps us recognize, appreciate, and love the unique ways in which each we hear and respond to music.
Dance is every expression and everywhere. There is dance in each of us. How we navigate a shopping cart, or run up the stairs, or wave to a friend are all forms of movement unique to us. Movement can be dance.
Dance can empower us and provide a new lens through which to see the flow of everyday life.
Dance is language. As Martha Graham explained, self-expression has the power to point us in new directions in terms of thought and behavior. Learning new forms of creativity often enables us to non-verbally express emotions that could be challenging to share any other way.
I was fortunate enough to see Derek Hough, a two time Emmy winner, choreographer and dancer in concert. It was an evening of incredible dance and I watched not only the amazing performance on stage but I also watched the audience. When someone on stage leapt, the entire audience seemed to jut their chin forward as if adding their energy to the leap. When a Tango started, people sat up straighter and rolled their shoulders. Many from their seats in the audience were imitating micro movements of the people on stage. We were entranced and even in our microscopic ways, from our seats, we danced along. I've never seen a more happy and energized audience at the end of an evening.
Martha Graham, a well known pioneer of choreography, has said that dance is the hidden language of the soul. I believe her.
She also said:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
― Martha Graham
I believe this applies to all action. Whether you are taking action toward the career of your dreams or an item on your bucket list, you're actions toward these things are uniquely you and therefore not open to comparison. So few in this world take action necessary to get clear about they want and then take concreate steps to attain it.
Working with a career/life coach supports you in getting out of your own way and on with taking the actions that create your best life.
Live the Life the Your Soul Intended.
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If Joan offered this sage advice in today’s market, she’d also add, ‘and be ready to face the camera.’
The above advice is timeless. You can’t go wrong following it. You also cannot go wrong if you prepare for the likelihood that, in today’s market at least a portion of your interview process will be conducted virtually.
Even in this day of Marco Polo and Instagram apps, job candidates are often not well prepared to face an on-screen interviewer. And I don’t just mean the candidates that dress only from the waist up.
Inherent in video conference interviews there are several unique concerns. To make a great professional impression, avoid unnecessary stress, and pitfalls, preparation is vital.
As a foundation, you'll need to be crystal clear about whether you've preparing for a one way or a two-way interview and if it's timed. A one-way interview is where you’re asked a series of predetermined questions, and you’re allowed to record and submit your response for review. Sometimes you are allowed to redo your answer until you are satisfied with it but often you only get one shot and a finite length of time to answer. A two-way interview is a live interview conducted via Skype or similar technology and attempts to mimic a more traditional in-person interview.
Key Tips to Acing a Virtual Interview
Tip # 1 Rehearse
Practice makes perfect. Be sure to go over any prep materials and sample questions thoroughly. Record yourself speaking into the camera if you have the appropriate technology. Then review what you’ve recorded and tweak your performance or have an interview coach like myself review it for feedback.
Tip # 2 Double check your tech.
Pay attention to what video service the interviewer will be using. You may have to install new technology before an interview. Be sure to allow plenty of time to both install and test it so you are familiar with anything that may be quirky about it and can handle it calmly. Adjust your lighting and make sure your face is well lit. Use lighting at face height. Too much overhead light causes shadows and makes you appear tired.
Tip # 3 Set the stage
Clear any clutter from the background. You want a simple setting so the focus is on you not what’s going on behind you.
Tip # 4 Dress well from head to toe
You won’t be aware if your interviewer is seeing your image, 3 inches high or 3 feet high. Details will matter. Don’t just do your hair and brush your teeth. Floss. Get those stray hairs. Pick out a nice outfit. Don’t be the person who gets caught out because they had to get out of their chair to handle a sudden computer glitch and It's revealed they are wearing pajama bottoms and a suit jacket.
Tip # 5 Look at the Camera
Eye contact is important. Even when you’re not speaking, it’s essential that you are giving the person (i.e., the camera) your full attention. Resist the natural tendency to look at your own image or even the interviewer's image on the screen. Looking down at your desk, off into the distance when you’re not speaking makes it appear that you’re not listening. This is one of those cases when it’s not rude to stare. Practice this, because if you do it well, you will engage the person on the other side and come across as a savvy professional.
Tip # 6 Practice your responses and speak at a steady pace.
Especially in one-way interviews where there can be a time-limit you want to make sure you are speaking clearly, slowly and yet concisely. Be aware of how much time you have per question and make sure you get the compelling details in within the time allotted. Some one-way interviews will allow you to re-record an answer until you are happy with it, but a lot do not. Make sure you are clear on what is available in each instance, don’t assume. There will not be an opportunity to have a ‘do over’.
As more jobs become remote video conferencing technology enables recruiters to tap into talent pools worldwide. Convey your potential by learning how to make the best impression virtually so that when they are considering who goes on to the next round, you’re at the top of the list.
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