Power Pose: How To Use Body Language To Get What You Want

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Wondering how to use body language to get what you want? It takes 7 seconds to make a judgment about a person when first meeting them. This means there’s little time to make the ultimate first impression. According to The Wall Street Journal, new research shows that using powerful body language can actually change a person’s hormones and behavior, just as if she had real power. You don’t have to be a superhero to command attention: you just have to stand like one.

The Wonder Woman pose is the ultimate power pose, where you put your hands on your hips. Standing with your feet apart and your hands on your hips may feel odd at first, but this is a power pose in its essence. Beyoncé does it, and so does Oprah. 

In her TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. And as she wrote on the Harvard Business Review blog, “This isn’t about what your body language is communicating to others; it’s about what your body language is communicating to you: Your body language is changing your mind, which changes your behavior, which changes your outcomes.”

3 Ultimate power poses:

#1 – Use your space

You stretch and expand your body to take up as much space as possible. Sit with your arm spread out around the chair next to you. Even if you’re sitting, try to make yourself as big as possible. According to research, this move shows power and dominance. This is the first way to use body language to get what you want, appear confident, even when you don’t feel it.

#2 – Have a firm handshake

Women in business are judged very harshly on their handshakes. Obviously, at the moment handshakes are off the table, but when they’re back as a form of greeting, perfect your handshake and make sure it’s confident. Women with weak handshakes are judged to be passive and less confident even more than their male counterparts.

#3 – Before an interview

Using a power pose during your interview could come off as offensive. Before the interview, throw your hands in the air and widen your stance, as if you’re soaking in the applause after an encore performance. Do it in the elevator or stairwell on your way up to the office, or in the bathroom before checking in with reception. Hold the pose for two minutes to set those hormonal changes in motion and give you the confidence you need to ace the interview.

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