I was having a browse of my Linked In home page 2 days ago. In scrolling down a list of people’s contributions, I noticed Helen Isacke, an excellent coach and someone I respect, mentioned a TED Talk that had interested her. I clicked on the link she kindly gave and opened up an exciting revelation.
To be utterly frank, I should have been doing 16 dozen other things! An old supervisor of mine said, “You’re octopus armed, Sarah! When you’ve got one difficult thing to plan for, you choose to take on several other difficult things.” He wasn’t wrong.
However, this time, I got it right! Dr Cuddy outlines how powerful an impact body language makes on who gets to be recruited, who gets promoted, who gets to be voted in, who gets to be dated. Life changing events. She indicates research stats that prove conclusively how influential your non-verbal behaviour is in how you manage other people’s decisions whether to like and trust you.
However her premise is different. If you influence others so conclusively, does your body language also influence you? Her brilliantly illuminating talk shows that even after 2 minutes of adopting either High or Low Power positions, you make big hormonal changes – in particular testosterone and cortisol changes that affect your own thinking about yourself. You radically influence your self esteem by the way you sit or stand!
It seems absurd to say that your self esteem is so easily swayed. However the evidence is clear. Find out more here……….
You influence your audience by the way your think about yourself. It takes a few seconds to create the first and lasting impression. You choose what it is by how you walk into the room.