2 Minute Power Poses Can Increase Your Performance
Two minutes of Power Posing before stressful events increases our performance!! We all benefit from showing up as our best self. When we feel anxious and stressed that is nearly impossible. Our speech and body language changes and our ability to find just the right word is difficult. Our ability to connect with others and share in a relaxed manner are challenged. Dr. Cuddy, professor at Harvard University, found an easy solution!
She was aware of the research that show show our mind effects our body, e.g. anxiety producing thoughts lead to a stomach ache. What she was curious about is whether our body could affect our mind. She devised an interesting study using power poses, wide open body positions, on the outcome of dream job presentations. She found that two minutes of power posing before a mock job presentation led to a much higher likelihood of the evaluator wanting to hire him/her versus two minutes of low power poses, closed body positions. (IMAGE) Further analysis determined that it was the person’s excitement and enthusiasm, from the power poses, that led to the evaluator’s positive response.
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