If you want to ace your next job interview, client pitch, performance appraisal or make an impact at the school council meeting then here’s a tip: spend an extra few minutes in the ladies room.
I don’t mean to double check if you have parsley in your teeth or baby vomit on your collar. Head to the loo and strike a pose — a pose like Usain Bolt after winning the 200 metre men’s final at the London Olympics.
We all know that our body language affects the way people perceive us. Eye contact. Check. Open body position. Check. Firm handshake. Check.
But new research by social scientist Amy Cuddy reveals is that our body language can also affect the way we perceive ourselves. By pretending to be more powerful we can actually be more powerful.