Try A Powerful Pose
Stand right where you are. Stand tall and proud. Spread your feet about shoulder length apart. Put your hands and arms up in the air in a victorious “Yes! I just won the race!” – type of pose.
Or, maybe instead of putting your hands and arms above your head, try putting your hands on your hips. This is affectionately known as the “Wonder Woman” pose.
How do you feel after doing these poses? Strong? Powerful? Ready to take on any problem thrown at you?
Good. This is how you’re supposed to feel after power posing.
A TED Talk Video
I recently ran across this interesting TED talk given by Amy Cuddy on what she describes as power posing. You can check out it below, and then come on back to the blog post.
In this video, we learn several key thoughts that can help us all be better leaders:
- We communicate to others through our body language.
- We communicate power and dominance through opening up and expanding.
- We communicate powerlessness through closing up and making ourselves smaller.
- Our gender typically plays a role in our body language. Women tend to close up and make themselves smaller. Men usually open up and expand.
- Our nonverbals govern how other people think and feel about us.
- Powerful, effective leaders have high testosterone, a dominance hormone, and low cortisol, a stress hormone.
- You probably don’t want leaders in your organization who are highly stress reactive. You want laid back, confident leaders.
- Our bodies change our minds … and our minds change our behavior … and our behavior changes our outcomes.
- Tiny tweaks can lead to BIG changes.
- You can “fake it, until you become it” through power posing.
So, What Does Power Posing Mean For You And Me?
Are you a leader in the workplace? Do you struggle with self-confidence? Do you need to “be on your A game” on a regular basis? Are you a key performer or presenter in your area of expertise?
Power posing is a real science that has been proven to work in clinical studies as well as real life scenarios. Many a shy, backward personality has been transformed through this concept of power posing.
The next time you don’t feel very confident in a certain situation, try power posing. If you’re in a meeting, then sit up straight, put your shoulders back and chest out. Think expansion. Sit in a larger stance, not a smaller one. Definitely don’t cross your arms and slump in your chair.
If you’re about to walk out on to a stage to make a presentation, then try some power poses back stage. Look, feel, and act confident before you speak.
If you’re about to go in for a job interview, then quickly duck into the rest room and practice a few power poses. Get yourself into a powerful state of mind before meeting with the interviewer. Raise your testosterone levels and lower your cortisol. Fake it until you make it. Make a great first impression.
This stuff does work. Try it for yourself and find out.