In a TED Talk titled How Body Language Shapes Who You Are, Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard Business School explains “power posing.” She describes postures that express confidence, power, and achievement — chest lifted, head held high, arms either up or propped on the hips. And she proposes that adopting these postures can change people’s internal states and make them feel more powerful.
“Our nonverbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves,” says Cuddy. “Our bodies change our minds,”
Our nonverbal also affect how people perceive us, how they think and feel about us.
The way we stand while giving a speech or making a presentation — to take just one aspect of nonverbal communication — can make us feel more confident, powerful, dynamic. And it can make others perceive us as confident, powerful, dynamic.
Here are 7 Tips for Standing Tall
- Balance your weight evenly on both feet, hip-width apart.
- Keep your knees relaxed, not locked.
- Pull in your abdomen to square your hips.
- Lift your rib cage.
- Roll your shoulders back and down, and keep them relaxed.
- Let your hands hang naturally at your sides.
- Hold your head in a neutral position (neither forward, backward, nor sideways), with your chin parallel to the floor.