No matter where you live in the world, there is one language that each us uses on a daily basis – body language. We can be at an interview, in the middle of a presentation, or even a classroom and we are constantly communicating with our bodies. Sometimes body language can communicate more than speaking could. You may be asking, “How is that possible?” Because not only does body language unconsciously communicate with the outside world, but it also influences our confidence and our actions.
A few years ago, social psychologist Amy Cuddy hosted a TEDTalk about the effects of body language at work. The talk primarily focused on powerful poses and how they can help individuals feel more confident. Since then, Cuddy and business publications (like Business Insider and INC.), have further expanded the incorporation of power poses at work. Confidence is key in all aspects of life – especially when it comes to your career. Try these three power poses during your next interview to boost your confidence:
- Interview Power Pose: Before stepping into the interview, go the nearest restroom or hallway. Stand up straight with your legs a bit wider than your shoulders, and throw your hands up in a V-shape. Take deep breathes and hold this pose for two minutes. This will help you walk into that interview already feeling victorious!
- Meeting Power Pose: Sit up straight and do not cross your arms. This is a tough one! It is pretty common to fold your arms across your chest. If you can’t help but cross your arms, then make sure to roll your shoulders back. Rolling your shoulders forward easily changes this to a powerless position.
- Presentation Power Pose: While wrapping up a presentation or sales pitch, place your hands on the table or podium and lean forward. According to Cuddy, this stance vibrates engagement and dominance.
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