In my profession it was soon clear that people with an upright posture will have a different influence than those who don’t.
When it comes to public speaking and presentations, the impact of body language is more than visual. We see a person and before one word is said, we already have a picture about that person in our mind. We even judge by our first impression – no matter if right or wrong.
We become a different person
Finally we have a proof. According to a recent survey, the way we carry our bodies triggers the delivery of hormones in our system. Our body language defines who we are.
2 minutes will change you
Amy Cuddy has the proof. Particularly interesting is the fact that people with a strong, upright and powerful posture will experience stress in a totally different way. You can read the values below. Watch out for Cortisol, which is only produced when under pressure.
High Power People
Risk taking: 86%
Low Power People
Risk taking: 60%
What really makes me wonder is that most people spend all day in a weak position. Crooked in front of the computer, driving in a car or on the sofa watching TV.
What can be done
- a two minutes power posture a few times each day
- in challenging moments, do your power move (somewhere where no-one sees you – otherwise people will get a wrong impression)
- exercise and go to the gym – this will train your muscles and make you stand strong
I wish you a powerful day