The status you display when speaking has a major effect on how you communicate. Is your body displaying high or low status, and depending on the message you are conveying, they need to be in harmony.
High status is shown in the animal kingdom and in humans as appearing big. Shoulders up and back, arms away from the body, head up and straight, as well as feet apart. Show superiority and confidence. Low status is demonstrated by closing in on oneself. Head and shoulders down, arms close to the body, legs together and even bent at the knee. This shows inferiority and submissiveness.
As we develop our talk we need to take the status we want to portray into consideration. For example, if you are demonstrating a person that is going through a difficult time struggling in life’s journey, a low status posture may be more believable. However, as this person achieves success, the posture tends to become a higher status. You transform right in front of your audiences eyes. When your status and your words are in harmony, you create a memorable message