Insight From Presence by Amy Cuddy
“When our body language is confident and open, other people respond in kind, unconsciously reinforcing not only their perfection of us but also our perfection of ourselves” Amy Cuddy
Your body position at every moment of the day influences your mind to feel empowered and disempowered. I watched a video on TedX where Amy spoke about power poses and the impact it can have on your actions and reactions. It dictates to people how you’re feeling and can ultimately affect how you feel as a person.
While there are poses that shows high energy, there are also poses that communicates low energy. I also observed something about the human poses, when we are scared we try our possible best to shrink ourselves. Imagine a scenario where the speaker is speaking on the stage and you’re meant to give them something while on stage. How do you think you’ll walk up the stage? Most people would bend down and walk slowly to drop their message and also try to move out of the stage as fast as possible.
High power poses makes you feel empowered (open and wide body position)
Low Power poses makes you feel disempowered (closed and slouched body position)
She also discussed five Body positions to boost feeling of empowerment.
“we convince by our presence, and to convince others we need to convince ourselves…when our body language is confident and open, other people respond in kind, unconsciously reinforcing not only their perception of us, but also our perception of ourselves” Amy Cuddy
Just before we miss the point, the poses are
- Chest and shoulder stretch: Stand up, put your hands on your lower back, and push your chest towards the sky. This will open your chest and shoulders. Yes just like superman would. Hold this position for 20 minutes.
- Victory pose or hallelujah pose: Stand up and raise your hands over your head and pretend you just won the lottery. Do this prior to an interview, or a meeting, it will boost your confidence.
- Lean back chair pose: some call it the CEO pose. Put your back against the chair and open your chest.
- Standing Hand Gestures: when possible, stand up and use your hand gestures when talking to people, like describe it all with your hands.
- Walking or Exercising. Yes, apart from the health benefits it also boost your feeling of empowerment.
Author: Victor Adeyemo
Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest