How To Be More Confident With Body Language

Amy Cuddy Photo credit: Ted.com

Amy Cuddy
Photo credit: Ted.com

Amy Cuddy, professor at Harvard Business School, explains in a TED Talk how the changes we make in our body, affect not only how others see you, but also how you see yourself. These changes you make in your body can drastically impact your career as well.

According to Cuddy, there are specific “power poses” that one can implement in order to immediately feel powerful and dominant. However, there are also certain “low-power poses” which can drastically hurt the way people perceive you. Moreover, these poses can negativity affect how you feel about yourself.

According to researchers and studies, a quick glimpse of a political candidate’s face and body language can enable people to predict or assume the winner of about 70% Senate and Gubernatorial races.

Cuddy already knew that our nonverbal behavior affects the way people see us. However, Cuddy questioned whether our nonverbals affect how we perceive ourselves; in other words, if our bodies can change our minds.

Therefore, Cuddy and her colleagues set out to find an answer. They devised an experiment in which people were asked to perform “high-power poses” for two minutes. After that, the other subjects were asked to perform “low-power poses” for two minutes. Finally, the subjects were tested on their risk tolerance and body chemistry. After the two-minute “high-power poses,” the subjects’ risk tolerance drastically inclined. However, after the two-minute “low-power poses,” the subjects’ risk tolerance sank.

According to the researchers of this experience, the results were the outcomes of a drastic change in body chemistry. The subjects whose risk levels were higher and who assumed the “high-power poses,” had an increase in testosterone after the two-minute “high-power pose.” Testosterone is considered a hormone that exerts dominance and confidence in a person. In comparison, the testosterone of the “low-power posers” fell by about 10%.

The results of Cuddy’s experiment proved that our nonverbal behavior can in fact change our minds. Furthermore, Cuddy suggests that power posing for a few minutes can change one’s life in a meaningful way. Even if you’re not feeling powerful, Cuddy advises her audience to “fake it till you make it.” More specifically, Cuddy suggests that people not only  “fake it till you make it,” but “fake it till you become it.”

However, that doesn’t mean that when you’re in an interview, you plop your feet on hirer’s desk, lean back and put your hands behind your head. The idea of power posing is for yourself and to change the way you think about yourself.  For example, before having your name called for an interview, you may be sitting outside the office in a “low-power pose,” hunching and make yourself smaller. When really, your body language should show confidence and power. Then maybe, your mind will feel that as well. (more…)

Top 10 best countries list released, America not on list

ID-100204322The Economist Intelligence Unit released a list of the top ten best places to be born in 2013.  According to this latest list from the EIU, the top 10 countries are:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Australia
  3. Norway
  4. Sweden
  5. Denmark
  6. Singapore
  7. New Zealand
  8. Netherlands
  9. Canada
  10. Hong Kong.

The United States of America is trying for 16th place. (more…)

Your Start To An Entrepreneurial Dream: A Business Plan That Works!

photo credit: Victor1558 via photopin cc

photo credit: Victor1558 via photopin cc

Becoming a successful entrepreneur is a dream that many of us go-getters aspire to reach. This journey in building a successful business can be exciting, yet at times can also be troublesome. Building your own business is most definitely a risk; but if done correctly, your business can be a successful one. 

Let me introduce you to MaryEllen Tribby, a business consultant who has coached some of the most successful entrepreneurs, such as New York Times best-selling author, Michael Masterson

Her many years of experience in the corporate world and passion for a successful life have motivated her to write an informative book, Changing the Channel: 12 Easy Ways to Make Millions for Your Business.

Aimed at helping entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow their business, Tribby suggests that in order for a business to be successful, one should create a solid business plan. 

“I know so many entrepreneurs and business owners who make excuses for all the failures within their business. Sadly, so many of those failures could have been avoided with the construction of an effective business plan,” states Tribby on her website.

Most people agree that creating a solid business plan is important, however, sitting down and actually doing it seems to be a weak spot for many business owners.   (more…)