In all areas of communication (including dyadic, group, meeting and public speaking,) body language can account for up to 70% of what is conveyed. Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. In this TED video 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.
Since this is a fairly long video than I’d usually like to show in class, I have students watch the video and complete a Discussion board item before they come to class. It makes for a better in-class discussion.
Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are – Amy Cuddy – 21:02