Instead of the typical goal planning blog post we see come the start of a new year, I wanted to help you start your year off right by learning about the Power Poses, discovered by Amy Cuddy, and how they can improve your business this year.
I was recently watching Amy’s talk on Ted.com (if you haven’t heard of this you need click that link immediately and be ready to have your world rocked). In her 20 minute speech she discusses nonverbal body language and how it correlates to our inner beliefs which directly effects our ultimate success, confidence, and dominance in the business world and personal life. While I highly suggest watching her talk, here is a quick recap of her teachings.
In a several experiments, Amy discovered that our body language can actual trigger “hormonal changes that configure your brain to basically be either assertive, confident and comfortable, or really stress-reactive, and feeling sort of shut down.” She discovered the 5 poses that she calls “Power Poses” which are proven when used, to help our help our bodies change our minds to feel more confident, able, and successful. Not only does consistently using these poses help change your mind to feel more confident and improve self-efficacy, but others interpret you differently as well!
One of the best parts of the speech was when she mentioned, “our bodies change our minds and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes…” Think about that! She has proven that our brain can be conditioned to believe we are more inept for success than we originally believed just from consistently utilizing the power poses and making them a part of our every day life.
So before your next negotiation, sales pitch, or big meeting take some time to do a power pose for 2 minutes and see the impact it can make. I hope this helps you be more aware as you start 2016 off with a powerful punch!