January 9, 2017

Make Yourself Bigger?


Resources , Public Speaking , Tips , Public Speaking Fear

"When we think of nonverbals, we think of how we judge others, how they judge us and what the outcomes are. We tend to forget, though, the other audience that's influenced by our nonverbals, and that's ourselves."

– Amy Cuddy

One of the most popular TED Talks comes from psychologist Amy Cuddy.

She explains how you can use body language not just to communicate to others–but to influence your own thoughts and feelings.

She says to feel more confident, you should make yourself big, striking the starfish pose you see depicted on the cover of her bestselling book.

Does it work? We’ve tried it before some Buckley School debates, and we can say it doesn’t hurt!

Here’s Cuddy’s TED Talk, if you haven’t yet seen it:

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