When one has good posture, they tend to look more confident and convey openness. Thus the golden rule of deportment is not to SLOUCH! Good posture involves standing tall, tucking in your stomach, straightening your shoulders and chest, and making sure your head and eyes are at eye contact level to the person you are addressing. When greeting someone, it is important to make eye contact, rather than be looking at your feet or looking away.
The overall advantage of having good posture is that it makes your body more resistant to strain and stress as it strengthens your back muscles. Thus, you will not feel so tired at times. It also improves blood circulation and muscular efficiency, increases your energy level and enhances the body shape.
When standing, a lady should put her feet together or in a slight V shape whereas a man should keep his feet slightly further apart, in line with his shoulders. Do not keep your arms crossed in front at chest level, hands placed in your pockets or resting on your hips. It is better to relax your arms and hands beside you, behind you or in front of you.
When ladies should walk, they normally take smaller strides compared to men who walk with wider strides. Do keep your shoulders and back straight, and do not bounce. Swing your arms naturally from the shoulders but minimise movement of the hips. Do not shuffle or drag your feet.
When going up or down stairs, ensure that your foot is placed evenly on the step with each leg movement. Use the railings as support if necessary.
Gently lower yourself into the chair, keeping your back straight while sitting down. Do not put your feet up on the chair, shake your legs or open your legs too wide. Avoid crossing your legs when you are with very important people or with those of higher rank. Do sit upright and not slouch, even if the chair is very comfortable! Ladies, remember to tuck in your skirt before sitting so that it does not get crumpled and keep your legs together no matter what you are wearing.
When you sit, ensure your trousers do not rise up too much and expose too much socks. Your trousers may be too tight or too short. Never cross your leg in the direction of a person as it is rude to show the base of your shoe to someone. Avoid shaking your legs or having your legs opened too wide.
When entering a room, do knock a few times before entering and wait until people inside invite you in. Do not peep into a room. Once you have entered, greet those in the room and close the door behind you. If you have entered the wrong room, just apologise and leave quietly. If you are late, acknowledge with an apology and take a seat quietly. When making an exit, acknowledge the people with a goodbye, before leaving and do close the door quietly behind you.