How to use body language for success

Body language affects how others see you. You may not be aware that it also impacts how you see yourself. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” can have an impact on your chances for success even when you don’t feel confident.

Here’s how to use successful body language.

1 Set aside just 2 minutes

Tiny tweaks can lead to big changes. Set aside just 2 minutes of “power posing” before your next big meeting or situation where you are not feeling confident. Prepare your mind by practicing the poses described in the video at our desk, in the lift or even in the bathroom.

2 Fake it ‘til you become it

Over time your body changes your mind, your mind changes your behaviour and eventually your behaviour changes the outcome. Even when it feels odd, or false, persist. Use these postures often enough until your confidence is internalised.

3 Show your true self

Power posing works to configure your brain to cope the best you can in any situation, not to dominate, intimidate or be aggressive to your workmates. Feeling assertive and confident allows your true-self to shine.

Practice these simple body language tips to impact your results.

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