Your posture doesn’t just affect how you look; research shows that it can also affect your hormones and behavior. Leverage the power of your posture with these expert tips:
- Take an expansive stance. When engaging in a conversation, stand in a pose that is expansive. This communicates that you are confident and assertive, and it can help you perform as if you had extra power.
- Pick your positions wisely. Stand tall and lean slightly forward with your hands at your side, or lean forward over a desk with your hands planted firmly on the surface. Also, try having a meeting while standing up, rather than sitting down.
- Know your power poses. Power poses reduce physical signs of stress and lower cortisol levels. Individuals who use power poses show fewer signs of anxiety, including lip biting, and have higher performance levels.
— Adapted from “How ‘Power Poses’ Can Help Your Career,” Sue Shellenbarger, The Wall Street Journal.