Confidence + Power Poses


I was in a volunteer meeting recently when a friend told me about a great Ted talk she had heard at work about “Power Poses.” She had shared that there are ways that we can all practice posing that will, in turn, command one more respect, and give off a larger sense of confidence in situations. This could apply to school, work, volunteer, family, or social situations. I, of course, was very intrigued by this and had to hear the video for myself. After listening to the 20-minute talk, I regret that I hadn’t been told about it sooner. I encourage you to check it out as well — it’s called “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy. This is an excellent message to listen to and share. I hope you get the same sense of inspiration to make small tweaks in behavior that will lead to large shifts in life. Enjoy!

Some of the biggest take aways I had from the talk are the following:

-Our onverbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves

-We are influenced by body language, and how a few strategic power poses can make a world of difference in our self-confidence and stress levels

-Our bodies change our minds… and our minds change our behavior… and our behavior changes our outcomes

-You can continue to do behaviors, internalizing them, and they will then become comfortable (and it’ll then come with ease!)

-Tiny tweaks can lead to big changes

-Alex W.