The chair is a prop used to shield the body from “attack.”

The chair is a prop used to shield the body from “attack.”

How the environment is used by people can provide clues to their inner thoughts and emotions. For example, propping up against the wall indicates that a person is in need of outside support to feel comfortable and protected. When against a wall at least one angle of attack has been replaced with a rigid structure. Hiding a portion of the body behind a desk also indicates insecurity and is the habitual way we invite commerce onto ourselves. What does the message say to our clients? Even podiums create a much needed refuge, a place of security for presenters where the self conscious can be partially out of sight, or even dodge flying tomatoes! Only those that are supremely confident or experienced in front of others will ignore the podium and instead immerse themselves into the embrace of the crowd.

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