Body language – that is, our nonverbal behavior – is a fascinating subject. Most professionals know to use their own to better influence others, and they watch other people’s body language to help interpret and gauge intentions, sincerity, and expertise.
Here’s the kicker: Our own body language literally changes our body chemistry if we hold a position for only 2 minutes! According to Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, our hormones, specifically testosterone and cortisol, react by either increasing or decreasing their presence after only 2 minutes of high-power or low-power body positions. This chemical change influences the way we think, which influences the way we feel, which influences the way we act/behave, which ultimately impacts our outcomes. For example, Amy’s research was applied to job interviews, High-power posers were consistently chosen first and deemed more competent and qualified than low-power poser candidates.
Think about the interviews, presentations, speeches, etc., at which you can utilize this simple practice to boost your confidence and outcomes.
It’s as easy as practicing or holding a high-power pose for only 2 minutes in your car or in the restroom before your next stressful event. Learn more about Amy Cuddy’s research and power poses on her Ted Talk – it’s worth the watch! http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html