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Walking with Power

Updated on April 25, 2018
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Robert Odell, Jr is the assistant director of a Memphis finishing academy which offers premier instruction in charm, etiquette and modeling.

Positive and Healthy Attention

According to Carolyn Yancy; a premier charm, etiquette, and modeling instructor with over 20 years of experience, something as simple as walking can get any individual positive and healthy attention and give them an extra advantage for getting that position or job that they desire. Ms Carolyn teaches the technique of "walking with power".

Walking with power can help you to:

  • Walk and get noticed.
  • Get noticed after you have stopped walking.
  • Walk a runway (for those who want to model).

Do Not Just Blend In

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Something as simple as walking can get any individual positive and healthy attention and give them an extra advantage.Proper walking techniques can cause any aspiring person to stand out and have the edge that leads to success.The proper type of walking can cause any individual to stand out and get noticed in a favorable way.
Something as simple as walking can get any individual positive and healthy attention and give them an extra advantage.
Something as simple as walking can get any individual positive and healthy attention and give them an extra advantage. | Source
Proper walking techniques can cause any aspiring person to stand out and have the edge that leads to success.
Proper walking techniques can cause any aspiring person to stand out and have the edge that leads to success. | Source
The proper type of walking can cause any individual to stand out and get noticed in a favorable way.
The proper type of walking can cause any individual to stand out and get noticed in a favorable way. | Source

Be Exceptional!

Carolyn Yancy states that in today's society it is essential for any aspiring individual to get noticed as soon as they walk into the room.

Many people that have equal qualifications and talents compete for positions and jobs on a daily basis.

In order to stand out and not blend in with the crowd someone has to notice you as soon as you walk into the room.

Walking Can Get You Noticed

Something as simple as walking can get you noticed above all the rest and give you an extra advantage for getting the position or job that you desire.

1. Stand Properly

The first step is to stand properly. Ms. Carolyn begins with what is called "The Right Model's Stance".

According to Ms. Carolyn, "The Right Model's Stance" consists of these steps:

  • Ground the right foot.
  • Prop the left foot. (The left foot is the one that moves first. The propped foot, aka left foot, is the lead foot. The lead foot moves first.)

The model's stance gives a look of elegance. While standing, always use the models stance. When standing in line at the bank, in the grocery store, or waiting in line anywhere, always use the model's stance.

The Model's Stance

The model's stance consists of a grounded foot and a lead foot.
The model's stance consists of a grounded foot and a lead foot. | Source

2. Flex Your Knees

Once in "The Right Model's Stance" the next step is to flex your knees. Flexing your knees allows blood to flow to the top of your head. In contrast to flexing your knees, locking your knees can keep blood from flowing to the top of your head. If you find yourself standing for a long period of time avoid locking your knees because it can cause fainting.

Flexing your knees allows blood to flow to the top of your head, which prevents fainting after long periods of standing.
Flexing your knees allows blood to flow to the top of your head, which prevents fainting after long periods of standing. | Source

3. Pull in Your Stomach

After flexing your knees your stomach must be pulled in. Ms. Carolyn teaches that pulling in your stomach helps to achieve a posture that is not slouchy.

Pulling in your stomach  helps to create an air or good posture.
Pulling in your stomach helps to create an air or good posture. | Source

4. Roll Your Shoulders Back

According to Ms. Carolyn, women who roll their shoulders back may never need to have a breast lift. She teaches that, for women, rolling the shoulders back gives an instant "boob job".

Rolling your shoulders back gives an image of self-confidence and proper self-esteem.
Rolling your shoulders back gives an image of self-confidence and proper self-esteem. | Source

Men Also Benefit from Rolling Their Shoulders Back

Men who roll their shoulders back produce an air of confidence, good self-esteem and healthy posture.

Men also benefit from rolling their shoulders back.

Men who roll their shoulders back produce an air of confidence, good self-esteem and healthy posture.

5. Relax Your Arms

After pulling in your stomach, your arms must be relaxed in order to keep you from looking tense and stiff.

Relaxing your arms helps to keep you from looking tense.
Relaxing your arms helps to keep you from looking tense. | Source

6. Squeeze the Nickel

"Squeeze the nickel" means to stand as if squeezing an imaginary nickel between your buns.

Carolyn Yancy feels that a woman should not "be bouncing along like a bowl of jello." When she "squeezes the nickel" her bottom remains firm.

Standing as if you have an imaginary nickel between your buns helps to create a good look.
Standing as if you have an imaginary nickel between your buns helps to create a good look. | Source

7. Level the Book

"Level the book" means to carry an imaginary book on top of your head at all times.

Standing as if there is an imaginary book on top of your head produces a look of dignity.

"Leveling the book" alleviates walking in a dejected way, as if looking for something on the ground.

However, the head should not be held back excessively high because that would portray an image of arrogance.

Standing as if carrying an imaginary book on top of your head gives a look of dignity.
Standing as if carrying an imaginary book on top of your head gives a look of dignity. | Source

Before Walking

Before walking you should:

  • Get into a right model's stance.
  • Flex your knees.
  • Pull in your stomach.
  • Roll your shoulders back.
  • Relax your arms.
  • Squeeze the nickel.
  • Level the book.

The Lead Foot Moves First

Remember that in "The Right Model's Stance" the grounded foot goes no where until the lead foot moves.

In "The Right Model's Stance":

  • The right foot is grounded.
  • The left foot is the one that moves first.
  • The propped foot, aka the left foot, is the lead foot.
  • The lead foot always moves first.

Walk with Power

In order to receive positive and healthy attention, you should walk with proper confidence and portray an air of power.

You walk with power when you:

  • Start out with your lead foot. (This gives a graceful gate).
  • Step out with the balls of your feet first and then your heels go down.
  • Walk with proper posture.
  • Walk as if egg shells, that can't be crushed, are all around on the floor.
  • After stopping, get back into the elegant model's stance.

Anyone who uses the technique of "walking with power" will get positive and healthy attention.
Anyone who uses the technique of "walking with power" will get positive and healthy attention. | Source

The Left Model's Stance

The power walk can also be started from "The Left Model's Stance".

"The Left Model's Stance" means:

  • The left foot is grounded.
  • The right foot is propped and ready to go.
  • The right foot is the lead foot.

Get Noticed

The use of power walking techniques will cause positive and healthy attention.

Power walking techniques produce:

  • Walking with confidence
  • Walking with the best of posture

For the Runway

Ms. Carolyn teaches that power walking techniques can be used to walk like a model on the runway.

Before using the right model's stance on the runway:

  • Ground the right foot.
  • Prop the left foot. (The left foot will be your lead foot).

Power Walk Your Way into Success!

The Cat Walk

Ms. Yancy teaches that the techniques for standing (the model's stance) and walking (the power walk) can be used to walk on the runway.

The following technique is called the cat walk or the angle walk.

In order to do the angle walk, also known as the cat walk:

  • Pretend that there is an imaginary line on the runway.
  • One foot goes on one side of the line.
  • The other foot crosses over to the other side of the line.

You will be walking in a sort of criss-cross movement. After stopping, pose in one of the model's stances.

Walking The Cat Walk!

The Angle Walk

The angle walk, or cat walk, is done by criss-crossing along an imaginary line on the runway.
The angle walk, or cat walk, is done by criss-crossing along an imaginary line on the runway.

The Angle Walk aka The Cat Walk

The Angle Walk

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The Technique of Waking with Power

While standing in the model's stance position:

  1. Flex your knees
  2. Pull in your stomach
  3. Roll your shoulders back
  4. Relax your arms
  5. "Squeeze the nickel"
  6. "Level the book"

Before Walking:

  1. Have a grounded foot
  2. Have a lead foot

While Walking:

  1. Walk with good posture (do not slouch)
  2. Walk as if trying not to crush egg shells
  3. Place the balls of the feet down first
  4. Heels of the feet go last

Stand Out From The Rest

While Standing
Before Walking
While Walking
Flex the knees
Have a grounded foot
Walk with good posture
Pull in the stomach
Have a lead foot
Walk as if on egg shells
Roll the sholders back
 
Balls of the feet go first
Relax the arms
 
Heels of the feet go next
Squeeze the nickel
 
 
Level the book
 
 
Many people, that share similar qualifications and talents, compete for the same positions and jobs. The use of power walking techniques can cause one to stand out positively from the rest.

Needed in the Public School System

The benefits of "walking with power" are a part of the social graces and manners curriculum taught in many charm and etiquette classes. In order to teach young people positive life skills and the proper way to walk and stand; there is a concerted effort to get charm, etiquette, and social graces & manners into the public school system.


© 2015 Robert Odell Jr

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