You’ve got 60 seconds to make an impression on people you meet.
Professor Amy Cuddy, a social pyschologist of Harvard Business School, has discovered a surprising strategy to make the most of that critical minute.
She argues that your body language shapes how others see you and surprisingly how you feel about yourself.
Her research shows that you can use this knowledge to ‘fake’ your feelings of power and, in doing so, make yourself actually feel more powerful.
She shows how “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don’t feel confident – can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain.
This can influence how confident you feel.
Even if it feels unnatural at first, over time “power posing” can become a natural behaviour potentially increasing your chances for success.
Her TED talk is well worth watching because the suggestions she makes are ones that you can adopt to help yourself feel more confident.
Others will then perceive you to be a more powerful and successful person.
Whether preparing for a job interview or working toward a promotion or preparing for a major presentation or stressful negotiation, try Amy Cuddy’s suggestion for power posing – what have you got to lose?
It seems that the joke “fake it till you make it” might be a more valuable strategy than anyone ever imagined.