Two Minutes To A More Powerful You

November 3, 2014

Career, Leadership

Superman and Wonder Woman pose

Communication is much more than what we say; it is also how we say it. With subtle variations in your voice and body language, the same words can carry significantly different messages and will affect how your message is remembered. As a leader, you are constantly communicating with the people around you so it is important to be aware of the presence you are projecting, especially in stressful situations.

In his presentation of Powerful Communication Techniques at the recent PMI Leadership Institute Meeting, Mario Busjra, PMP, referred to Harvard Business Professor Amy Cuddy’s TED talk “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” where she offers her free, two-minute life hack. By simply changing your posture for two minutes, you can affect your chances for success. In a fascinating study, she and her colleagues asked people to assume a high power pose or a low power pose for two minutes prior to a stressful job interview. They video taped the interviews and the non-partial judges consistently picked the high power posers as the people they wanted to hire. It was all about the presence they projected. In addition, the people who assumed the high power poses had higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol than before they assumed those poses. Therefore, they felt more confident and less stressed after holding one of the high power poses for only two minutes.

What are some of those high power poses? In his presentation, Busjra gave the following examples:

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Before an interview, presentation or an important meeting where you will be evaluated by what you project, warm up by assuming one of these power poses in private. Once you are feeling more confident and less stressed, it is important to tone it down a bit in public. You want to come across as confident, not domineering. If you make this a habit, it will become natural and eventually you will become the confident, powerful person you are projecting.

For all the details, watch Amy Cuddy’s inspiring TED Talk:

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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5 Comments on “Two Minutes To A More Powerful You”

  1. nadineswaity Says:

    I always say why there is no super women and spider women pat women even though win the daily life the women is the ones that I just mentioned she brought human beings to this world from her inside she carry it she raises him and then she do the other works in home or outside the home so she is super actually that what the picture told me and I am just saying 😉 I liked it


    • Liza Wood Says:

      I’m glad you liked the photo! The high power pose is called The Wonder Woman, but I thought I should be fair to both men and women and put Superman in the photo. The pose is the same 🙂 And since I work in the super hero world, I can validate that there is a Superwoman and Batgirl. They just aren’t as well known.


  2. milfordstreet Says:

    Great post – I love Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk


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