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Strike a Power Pose to Boost Your Confidence

By Amanda Sides on Jun 11, 2016

It's a big day: you're meeting with a new potential client, giving a presentation, or closing a deal. You've got to look and feel like you know what you're doing, but maybe a little self-doubt is starting to creep in.

That happens sometimes, and you've got to shut it down quickly. Regain your confidence with power poses.

Striking a power pose means standing or sitting in a particular way that projects confidence — and it actually makes you feel more confident, too. Does it really work?

A study in 2010 said yes, such poses raise testosterone, lower cortisol, and increase your tolerance for risk. However, a follow-up study was unable to replicate the results.

But why not give it a try? It couldn't hurt. And if it does help you feel more confident, it's definitely worth it. In general, opening and expanding your body is confidence-inducing, while closing it off and making it smaller has the opposite effect.

If the circumstances are right, you could perform these (or subtle versions of them) when you're face to face with a colleague or client. Otherwise, you can do them by yourself for a boost before you enter the room or the stage.

Arms and Feet Wide

Stand with your feet under your hips or shoulders, with toes pointed slightly out. Place your hands on your hips, or gesture with open arms.

Recline in Your Chair

Lean back and place your hands behind your head. Keep your knees apart, or prop your feet up on your desk. You can also cross your arms, but take care to draw your shoulders back.

Lean Across the Desk

Place your hands on the desk or table, and lean slight forward.

Big Victory

You're probably better off doing this one by yourself. Take a wide stance and raise your arms overhead in a V shape. Imagine an auditorium full of people applauding you for a job well done.

 

Have you ever intentionally used power poses to boost your confidence?

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