It is a common story.
Something extra-stressful is coming up. Maybe it’s a test, a meeting, a presentation, and you focus on the worst possible result. So your stress levels increase and your body reacts by giving you less of the power hormones (testosterone) you need to perform at your best.
You enter the room, fold up, put your hands in your lap and try to – somehow – take up less space.
Wonder Woman was on to something with her hands-on-the-hips pose. There’s a lot you can do with your body language to create and project more power.
Freakin’ awesome, right?!
Harvard Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research into power dynamics indicates that your body language influences BOTH the way other people perceive you and the way you perceive yourself.
Cuddy explained that 2 minutes of “power poses” before stressful interviews gave candidates an edge and increased their overall scores.
Check out a few of the power poses below. The super svelte Wonder Woman pose is a favorite.
Cuddy’s suggestion is finding two minutes before a stressful situation and posing in one of these power positions. Even if you strike a pose in a bathroom stall – who’s to know!
“Our bodies change our minds …and our minds change our behavior …and our behavior changes our outcomes.” – Amy Cuddy
So, strike a pose. No cape required.
PS. When you have 20 minutes to spare, watch (and share) Cuddy’s TEDtalk below. Share Wonder Woman’s secret with other women in your life. It’s time for us to stop taking up less space!