I tuned into a Ted Talk several months ago, which rekindled my fascination with the power of nonverbal communication. Amy Cuddy, a social science Professor at Harvard Business School, demonstrated the power of our posture’s influence on not only how others perceive us, but also on how WE PERCEIVE OURSELVES.
Her research hypothesis asked a simple question,
Our non-verbals govern how others think and feel about us, but do they govern how we think and feel about ourselves?
Her findings point to an emphatic ‘yes!’ especially in what she calls, ‘evaluative situations’. Those nerve-wracking moments we know and love (hate): a job interview, a big presentation, a negotiation, a performance review; any place we feel we are being judged, or evaluated.