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How Walking with Power Gives an Extra Advantage

Updated on October 13, 2019
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Robert Odell is the assistant director of a Memphis finishing academy that offers premier instruction in charm, etiquette, and modeling.

"Walking with power" can get any individual positive and healthy attention and give them an extra advantage for getting that position or job that they desire.
"Walking with power" can get any individual positive and healthy attention and give them an extra advantage for getting that position or job that they desire. | Source

A Premier Instructor

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

Yancy's technique of "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)

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 an individual to stand out and get noticed favorably.
The proper type of walking can cause an individual to stand out and get noticed favorably. | Source

Walk in and Get Noticed

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 daily.
Be noticed, and not blend in with the crowd by walking into a room with power.

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.

Stand Properly

The first step is to stand correctly. 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 will move first when you start to "walk with power." The propped foot, aka left foot, is the lead foot. The lead foot moves first.

The model's stance looks elegant. While standing, always use the model's posture. 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

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 an extended period, 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

Pull in Your Stomach

Pull in your stomach after flexing your knees. Ms. Carolyn teaches that tightening 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

Roll Your Shoulders Back

Once your stomach is pulled in, 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

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.

Relax Your Arms

After rolling your shoulders back, your arms must be relaxed 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

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

Level the Book

"Level the book" means acting like you have a book on top of your head at all times.

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

"Leveling the book" alleviates walking in a low-spirited way or 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 a book on top of your head gives a look of dignity.
Standing as if carrying a book on top of your head gives a look of dignity. | Source

Before Walking

Before walking, you should:

  • Get into the 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 (right foot) goes nowhere until the left 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.

Walking with Power

"Walking with power" produces proper self-esteem and portrays an air of confidence.

You "walk with power" when you:

  • Start 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 trying to prevent crushing eggshells that 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

You can also "walk with power" by starting 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.

Positive Attention

People who use the technique of "walking with power " often receive positive and healthy attention.

The technique of "walking with power" produces:

  • Genuine self-assurance
  • Walking with the best of posture

For the Runway

Ms. Carolyn shows how "walking with power" can be used to walk like a model on the runway, also known as the catwalk. To walk on the catwalk, you start by getting into one of the model's stances.

If you want to use the right model's stance on the runway:

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

If you prefer to use the left model's stance on the runway:

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

The Catwalk

The platform that extends into an auditorium, along which models walk to display clothes in fashion shows, is called the catwalk. While walking on the catwalk or runway, many female models do the angle walk.
The angle walk begins by getting into one of the model's stances.

As you step off with your lead foot:

  • 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 crisscross movement.
  • After stopping, pose in one of the model's stances.

Walking the Catwalk

Used on the Runway

Most models on the runway use the angle walk.  It is done by crisscrossing along an imaginary line on the catwalk.
Most models on the runway use the angle walk. It is done by crisscrossing along an imaginary line on the catwalk.

The Angle Walk

Do the majority of models on the runway today use the angle walk?

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The Technique

While standing in the model's stance position:

  • Flex your knees.
  • Pull in your stomach.
  • Roll your shoulders back.
  • Relax your arms.
  • "Squeeze the nickel."
  • "Level the book."

Before Walking:

  • Have a grounded foot
  • Have a lead foot

While Walking:

  • Walk with good posture (do not slouch)
  • Walk as if trying not to crush eggshells
  • Place the balls of the feet down first
  • Heels of the feet go last

Stand out Positively

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 eggshells
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 "walking with power" techniques can cause anyone to stand out positively from the rest.

Needed in Public Schools

The benefits of "walking with power" are a part of the social-graces-and-manners curriculum taught in many charm and etiquette courses. There is a concerted effort to incorporate charm, etiquette, and social-graces-and-manners into the public school system. Until that happens, various workshops and summer camps throughout the United States teach young people excellent life skills and the proper way to walk and stand.


Artiles, B. (n.d.). Local Biz: Carolyn's Finishing Academy | Midsouth - Memphis. Retrieved from http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/local-biz-carolyns-finishing-academy/384524753

© 2015 Robert Odell Jr

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      Robert Odell Jr 

      9 months ago from Memphis, Tennessee

      Thank you. "Walking with power" and other techniques taught through charm and etiquette can be life changing. I am so glad that you enjoyed the article.

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      Lynn H Johnson 

      9 months ago from New York

      I just wanted to stop

      in and tell you how much I enjoyed this article. I always tell my daughter . Walk into a room as if you own it ! Walking with confidence will always put you a step ahead .

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