If you go to a restroom stall and stand with your hands on your hips and point your elbows outward and hold that position for two minutes, you’ll perform very well in stressful situations. Like when you talk to an employee about a performance problem, or when you go into a big meeting without all the answers you need.
Sounds crazy, I know.
We go live with scene one in less than seven minutes. The room is bright as day with all of the studio lights. Props to create our mock optometry office make me feel crowded in the tiny set made even smaller by the intimidating presence of my director and producer, and the production assistant.
But I’m as calm as a bathtub.
I’m looking down the barrel of the camera with my hands on my hips; elbows bowed outward. I’m standing like Wonder Woman. And this is why I’m entirely at ease.
Research Says Standing Like Wonder Woman For 2 Minutes Helps You Handle Stressful Situations Very Well (Like job interviews, talking about a tough problem, etc.)
In her body language studies, Harvard Business School professor, Amy Cuddy, made some astonishing findings. When people stand akimbo, like Super Man or Wonder Woman for 120 seconds, they feel more powerful.
Cuddy’s research showed that when people stand with their hands on their hips with elbows turned outward, they get these benefits:
—Testosterone increases significantly (in both men and women)
—Cortisol drops significantly (Stress hormone)
—They are more risk-taking
—Their pain threshold is higher
—They think more abstractly
—They’re more likely to do very well in stressful situations, like interviewing for a job
Since reading Amy Cuddy’s research in her book, Presence, I’ve been doing the Wonder Woman Pose minutes before every speech I give – each workshop, keynote, video shoot, and even webinars.
Eliminate Your Fears and Doubts About Talking to Employees About Performance Problems
When I Power Pose before a presentation, my words seem to come to me easier, and my body language is more relaxed and fluid. Mostly I feel confident and capable –like I can handle any obstacle that comes up.
I’ve taught many supervisors and managers to do the Wonder Woman, pose before talking to employees about trying things, like attendance, performance, behavior, and attitude. Many clients have enthusiastically shared with me that pose has helped them.
Try it for yourself and let me know if it works for you.
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