After a long time, I visited the zoo that day along with my friend. And now my friend, he has some special interest in wildlife. He is studying wildlife. And we were standing in front of the cage with the tiger inside and I noticed that the tiger was moving from one side of the cage to another side, and again from this side to this side.
Amazing Walk…Is It?
Seeing something like this for the first time I said ‘wow, what a walk.’ And my friend looked at me and said, no Praveen, you should not be happy about this walk. I said ‘why?’
Zoochosis, What Is It?
He said in wildlife, it’s called zoochosis, a stereotypic behavior of animals in captivity. Because they are in captivity, because they are in the cage, because they have the same routine every day, they are under stress, they are nervous, they are panicking and because of this stress, nervousness, and this panic, they are moving continuously from here to there. This is called pacing. And they are not even aware they are doing this. This is happening automatically Praveen, sad.
But why am I sharing this with you?
Humans In Zoochosis
Because so many times we have seen people on the stage doing the same thing. Understand one thing, if you don’t like the stage; stage is as good as a cage. Virtual cage, because you can’t come out from that stage or that virtual cage unless you’re finished. People are watching you. So, when you are in this virtual cage and when you don’t like the stage, when you don’t enjoy the stage, you do something like this….
You move from one part of the stage to another part continuously.
We have seen so many people doing this, or you will go backward, forward, in a cyclic and rhythmic manner people move on the stage. But when we are doing this, when we are moving; actually you have not told your legs to move, they are doing it automatically but at the same time audience is watching all this and you are giving subconscious cues or clues to the subconscious mind of the audience that I’m nervous, that’s the reason my legs are not under my control. They are moving automatically.
Now few people say that ‘Praveen, come on, you should move on the stage.’
‘Of course, you should move on the stage, but only when your legs are under your control. There has to be a purpose of moving on the stage. But this kind of movement, going forward, coming backward, or moving from one end of the stage to another end of the stage, adding no value to your presentation or your talk, or your speech.
On the other hand, it might distract the audience.
So, what should we do?
Two things, first, identify whether you have this problem or not.
Maybe you don’t have one, but I have seen so many people, they have this and one of the biggest reasons they don’t overcome this, because they don’t identify.
First Self-awareness is very important, so next time when you are going on the stage, ask your friend. your loved one or maybe your smartphone. Record your video and check. Are you moving backward, forward unknowingly? Where you have not told your legs to move, still they are moving.
How To Fix It?
If answer to this question is yes, I am moving, take conscious effort of putting your legs straight.
Stand on both your legs, don’t move.
You can give the world’s best presentation just standing on the stage, absolutely no problem.
But move on the stage only once you have your legs under control.
Remedy To Moving Unconsciously
Sometimes in my workshop I keep pins on the shoes, so if you’re moving, they will fall down.
So, after the presentation they will have to be there on your shoes.
Or I hold the legs from behind. Why?
Because one or two exercises like this— or even if you are taking a conscious effort that no, I will not move on the stage, one or two times you will do that.
Third time, fourth time, this problem, gone.
But Why Do It?
Because like it or not, if you want to be a leader in your life, you have to stand on the stage like a leader and speak.
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This is Praveen Wadalkar signing out, until we meet again with a new tip.