Power Posing for More Confidence

Power Posing for More Confidence

“Fake it ‘til you make it.” ~ Motivational catchphrase

Harvard Business School assistant professor, Amy J.C. Cuddy, reports that holding yourself in a “power pose” for two minutes prior to a big presentation or job interview leads to optimal hormone levels, an increased sense of power, and a higher tolerance for risk.  Not too shabby.

Here’s how to achieve these benefits.  Arrive a little early to the room where your next presentation is taking place.  Then, either stand next to the table and lean over it on your hands or sit down and lean back in a chair with your hands behind your head and your feet on the table.  Both are classic power moves (but probably not the kind of moves you’d want to make during a presentation).   You need to hold either position for at least two minutes in order for this to work.

Cuddy’s research shows that holding an extended power pose elevates testosterone levels (the hormone linked to dominance and power) by 19% and it lowers cortisol (the “stress” hormone) by 25%.   This is the perfect chemical combination for anyone lacking confidence or feeling overwhelmed.



Even if you can’t arrive early to your next presentation, strike one of these power poses in your office beforehand and watch your confidence soar!

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