Danielle Krage, from The Diving Belle, a self-confessed introvert, Ted Talk trainer and public speaking coach, shared some valuable lessons on public speaking at the 2016 You Name It* event- something many of us are faced with, and fear, at some time in our careers.
One point that surfaced was Power Posing. The popular Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy shows us that Power Posing before interviews, public speaking or any other appearance, can drastically improve how we feel, and therefore the outcome of the meeting.
Research shows that using powerful body language can actually change a person’s hormones and behavior, just as if they had real power.
“Fake it till you make it” is the core message.
So, is it our physiology that determines our mentality or the other way around? Or can it be either way? Chicken and egg kind of question?
Tony Robbins, motivational speaker, life-coach and star of Netflix’ ‘I’m not your Guru’ documentary, also believes that physiology can instantly, dramatically increase our assertiveness. “If you want to change your mind or emotion, the fastest way is a radical change in your body”- according to Robbins.
In fact, in some of his live sessions, he has helped people overcome depression in a matter of hours by helping them understand their physiology when in a depressed state.
I do consider body language and posture when I’m communicating with a group. It’s part of the communication mix, just like the tone and words that you use, the content and delivery. One small aspect, but it can have dramatic effects.
Danielle pointed out a few areas that I can definitely improve on.
So, let’s get power posing! I surely will.