This week at Black Oak we have been non-stop watching TEDTalks. While watching multiple short lectures on everything you can think of, we stumbled upon “Your body language shapes who you are,” by Amy Cuddy.
Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions and even our own body chemistry simply by changing body positions. She uses the JOB INTERVIEW as an example of how your body language and posture can affect how you are perceived.
Here is a little blurb that I stole from her bio on why you should listen to her:
Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.
But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on “power posing” — how your body position influences others and even your own brain.
“Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful.”
Here is the Lecture:
Have a Great Week!