What goes on in your head is directly reflected in your verbal and nonverbal cues.If you’re distracted or nervous, you will find yourself fidgeting or using a lot of “uhs” and “ums” when speaking.In one of my favorite TED Talks, Amy Cuddy a leading Harvard social psychologist, studied how physiology can affect your confidence. Her team had 42 male and female subjects assume low and high power poses.
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Those who held high power poses (prideful, relaxed, taking up space like putting their feet on the desk) showed lower levels of cortisol and increased testosterone levels, making people feel more confident, more willing to take risks and less stressed.
The above illustration shows 5 poses done from the study that you can emulate when you need a confidence boost!
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Another option is to stand proud like Superman with your feed wide apart and your hands on your hips.
If you want a more powerful pose, you can lean forward with your hands on a prop like a table.
Or maybe you’re at a networking event and you really want to speak to a VIP, but then you just talk yourself out of it. Think about it – doesn’t it feel good when you make someone laugh or you approach a stranger and have an awesome conversation?
Conversely, doesn’t it feel crappy when you’re bullied or feel left out?
You may think this is cheesy, but top athletes and performers use visualization as a way to win Olympic events and perform at peak levels.
Visualizing in vivid detail is a great way to build motivation towards doing something you may find intimidating because you activate the same sensory and motor parts of the brain that are involved with the action you’re visualizing.
Use these poses whenever you need a confidence boost.