Instant Confidence// TED Talk

This TED talk by Amy Cuddy has been on my to-watch list for a while now, yet just recently got around to watching it. Why-oh-why did I not watch this sooner? Amy Cuddy is amazing! This specific TED talk titled “Your body language shapes who you are” is so inspiring and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Not just because of her message, but the science behind her research is astonishing.

Amy Cuddy is  both a scientist and a professor at Harvard University and focuses on non-verbal behavior perceptions. In her talk, Cuddy discusses body language and the impact non-verbal communication has on your life. I have always known that body language is important from holding your head high to sitting up straight, but the science behind these certain “power poses” is simply amazing. “Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it,” Cuddy says.

The key to Cuddy’s power poses is to spread out and take up space. (Examples in the image below) But how does expanding your arms lead to success and power? Cuddy says, “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.

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These two-minute poses can help people feel more confident going in to an interview, speaking in public, or just make them feel more powerful in general. I am very excited to try out her power poses and will be using Cuddy’s techniques soon.  So don’t just sit there, strike a pose.

-Rachel

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