Can being short affect your income? Well, if you're 5 foot, 2 inches tall, you'll probably earn 20% less than an equally qualified 6-foot tall person. That's according to a University of Pennsylvania study.
Are things better in the executive suite?
Actually, they're worse. More than 50% of Fortune 500 CEOs are taller than 6 feet. Just 3 percent are shorter than 5-foot, 7 inches.
That's because taller people are perceived as being stronger leaders. In fact, the taller candidate has won almost every US presidential election.
But there's good news. Mike Aoki, a Toronto based trainer who specializes in presentation skills says, "You look taller when giving a speech." "You're the center of attention. You're standing while the audience is sitting. Everyone is focused upon you."
The 5 foot, 3 inch tall Aoki goes on to say, "Being perceived as a leader is about more than height. Its about your presence on-stage."
Do you have a commanding presence on-stage? Aoki offers these tips to help short people stand tall:
Use these tips to stand tall as a leader during your next speech or training session. Be seen as a leader and boost your career.
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