Have you ever heard of Power Poses? This term was introduced by Amy Cuddy and her now famous 2012 TED Talk. It’s a concept that fascinated me and I was curious to see if it would work.
Here’s how it goes: When you find yourself in a stressful situation, stop and strike a pose like Wonder Woman. You know what I mean – hands on hips, feet shoulder width apart, head up. The idea is to hold this pose for two minutes and it can change your attitude. According to Amy Cuddy, standing in a powerful position like this will actually have an effect on the cortisol levels in your brain. You will feel more confident, assured and determined.
Of course, you may feel a little strange striking the Wonder Woman pose while in your office or living room surrounded by people you know, so try it behind closed doors, like in a bathroom stall or empty elevator. The idea is that you will emerge feeling more powerful and confident.
Amy Cuddy also introduces several other poses you can use as well, some sitting down and others standing up. Play around with them and see if they help you. To learn more about her research, view her TED Talk at: http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.
So the next time you are going to that job interview, getting ready to conduct a meeting of your peers, or trying to get up the nerve to ask for that first date, try one of the Power Poses. I’ve done a few myself and it really does make a difference. What have you got to lose?