How Power Posing Can Improve Your Career

BODY LANGUAGE: How A Short ‘Power Pose’ Can Change Your Life and Career, Article by Henry Blodget posted November 19, 2012 (viewed Septermber 18, 2016 on Business Insider).

“Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy gave a TED Talk this summer about how tiny changes in your body language can radically change your job performance and career.

“Certain “power poses” immediately change your body chemistry, Professor Cuddy says.



Lower power pose                VS.                           High power pose

“And these changes help or hurt the way other people perceive you and, importantly, affect the way you actually perform.

“Professor Cuddy concluded her talk with a startling revelation about herself, one that led her to choke up momentarily. Then the talk ended in a standing ovation.”


Mr. Blodget then listed Professor’s Cuddy’s key talking points. Below, I’ve listed a few of these talking points:

  1. Body language is the non-verbal communication that can tell us almost everything about what is going on in a given situation such as a interview.
  2. Small gestures, such as a handshake or smile, reveal glimpses of character and shape perceptions about how people are percieved.
  3. One of the most important elements of body language is what is called the “power pose.”
    • In this pose, the person is “opened up” and taking up space. Such as holding your arms over your held in a large “V.”
    • This is the most common high-power poses.
  4. In low power situations, when people feel feeble or helpless, they close up and become small.
    • In this pose, the person hunches over, crosses their arms, and wraps him or herself up.
    • This person takes up little space and closes off from other people.
  5. The “high power” and “low power” poses tend to compliment one another so that it appears  that one person is in charge and the other is not.
    • Professor Cuddy detemined that our nonverbal communication affects how other people think and feel about us.
  6. Professor Cuddy also determined that our nonverbal communications govern how we think and feel about ourselves. In other words, our bodies can change our minds.
    • After a two-minute “high power pose,” the risk tolerance of the high-power posers soared. The risk tolerance of the low-power poses shrank.
    • After a two-minute pose, the testosterone (dominance hormone) levels of the high-power posers rose 20%.After a two-minute pose, the testosterone of the low-power posers fell 10%.
      • After a two-minute “high power pose,” cortisol levels dropped sharply and people were better able to handle stressful situations.  The cortisol levels of the “low-power” people rose.
  7. So, can power posing for a few minutes really change our lives in meaningful ways?
  8. Professor Cuddy found that tbody language is everything. According to Professor Cuddy:
    • Our bodies change our minds
    • and our minds change our behavior
    • and our behavior changes our outcomes.
  9. Professor Cuddy’s message is this . . . FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU BECOME IT.
    • Small changes in body language can change our body chemistry : tiny tweaks result in BIG CHANGES
    • Eventually you will no longer fake strength and confidence because  you will have strength and confidence. You may have started out faking it but eventually you will have it.

CONCLUSION:  Try a power pose before your next interview and see how it makes you feel. Try a power pose every day until your physical presence emotes passion, enthusiasm, confidence, authenticity, and comfort.

BODY LANGUAGE: How A Short ‘Power Pose’ Can Change Your Life and Career, Article by Henry Blodget posted November 19, 2012 (viewed Septermber 18, 2016 on Business Insider).


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