There’s one very important thing that everyone should do before having a job interview, giving a big speech or attempting a sport competition.
It is proven that everyone should spend two minutes power posing.
Then some of you may ask, what exactly is power posing?
It means to keep the chest lifted, head held high, arms either up or propped on the hips and if possible watch yourself in mirror and say to yourself “I am going to be awesome” .
Humans and animals express power through their bodies. They tumble in on themselves when they feel insecure, some people are crossing their arms over their chest and avoiding big movements.
The question is could adopting these postures change a person’s internal state and make them feel more powerful?
Social psychologist at Harvard Business School, Amy Cuddy ran an experiment in which people were directed to adopt either high-power pose or low-power pose for two minutes. Then participants were asked if they wanted to gamble. They found that 86% of those who posed in the high-power position decided to gamble, while only 60% of the low-power posers felt comfortable to gamble.
Even more interesting, high-power posers showed an 8% increase in testosterone, low-power posers had a 10% decrease in the hormone. Along with it high-power posers experienced a 25% decrease in cortisol levels, while low-power posers had a 15% increase in their stress levels.
“Our bodies change our minds,” says Cuddy.
Further you can read real stories of how power pose has worked for others:
From a male high school physics teacher in the United States:
“Last spring I introduce the concept of power pose to my students. One student in particular is always so nervous during assessments and therefore her test scores did not represent her abilities at all. The student decided to implement forward that student power posed before every physics test and her grades went from high ‘C’s and low ‘B’s to where she belonged — in the mid to lower ‘A’s. I’m convinced that power posing helped her even if it is difficult to prove.”
“It’s nice to see that there’s scientific support for Oscar Hammerstein’s King and I lyrics: ‘Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect and whistle a happy tune, so no one will suspect I’m afraid …The result of this deception is very strange to tell, for when I fool the people I fear, I fool myself as well.’”
From a male musician in Canada:
“I tried your ‘power positions’ right before I went on stage with a symphony, and I have to say, it was the best performance I have had in terms of nerves in my life.”
From an online commenter:
“My dad used to do a lot of work over the phone and I recommend him the power pose techniques. After it I can hear a smile on the other end of the phone. He’d also often stand up tall over his desk when he was talking on the phone. Must have pumped up the confidence since I find myself doing the same.”