Join Jeff Ansell for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercises, part of Communicating with Confidence.
- Let's go over a few exercises you can do to practice communicating with confidence. First, the power pose. A Harvard Business School study has identified the strong connection between powerful poses and confidence. Led by Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor of Business Administration, the study involved two groups of people. One group stood for two minutes or so in what's known as a high power pose. This is an example of a high power pose as I stand like Superman or Wonder Woman.
Nice and strong. The second group, meanwhile, used closed, low powered poses, they wrapped their arms around themselves and they made themselves smaller, and their body language made them look powerless. Each group was then placed into a stressful situation. The high power posers performed better. Professor Cuddy found that in her words, standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident, can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain and impact our chances for success.
Powerful poses lead to increased feelings of power and confidence. By taking a private moment to stand in a power pose for two minutes before a stressful meeting, presentation, or speech, you'll be a more effective and confident communicator.
- Organizing your thoughts
- Speaking slowly, naturally, and confidently
- Breathing properly
- Using your body to reinforce speech
- Managing facial expressions
- Handling nervousness
- Integrating voice modulation, eye contact, and hand gestures into a powerful and engaging communication style