Anyone who regularly reads this blog will recognise my interest in how people communicate, specifically the impact we have on others with our language patterns and non-verbal behaviour.

I am fascinated by this whole topic, as most of it goes completely unnoticed in our day to day.

So, when I stumbled across this TED Talk from Amy Cuddy, I cleared the decks and settled down to watch uninterrupted for 20 minutes.

I wasn’t disappointed!

We are all aware that our body language affects how others experience us, but it may also change how we regard ourselves in a very specific way.

In her talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident, can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and may even impact our chances for success in stressful situations.

Amy’s research reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions, and even our own body chemistry, simply by changing body positions.

In short, “If you act powerfully, you will begin to think powerfully.