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5 power poses you should use at work

‘Sit up’ and listen. Research has shown that your body posture significantly raises the testosterone levels in your body and lowers the stress hormone cortisol. These changes in your body’s chemistry can affect the way you work and interact with others. They might also impact on your chances of success and failure. Fascinating, isn’t it?

The way you carry yourself in the workplace makes a huge impact on those around you.

A hunched posture can transform you from the leader to a passive follower. You don’t need to be a superhero to command attention. You simply have to stand like one.

Standing in a power pose for a few minutes before an interview could help you get that job. Power posing also increases people’s tolerance and their ability to think abstract.

Here are a few tips for using body language to project confidence, credibility, and your personal brand of charisma:

Standing up
  • Standing up: Standing up commands respect and attention. If you are explaining something or leading a presentation, simply stand up. The bigger you make yourself appear, the more dominating you will be. Sitting down is passive.
 Standing up and leaning over the table
  • Standing up and leaning over the table: Many birds and animals make themselves look bigger and more powerful by spreading out their wings or arms. You too can convey your importance & assert your dominance if you open up your posture a little more. Most women, do not have the advantage of height, this can really help them. Use up as much space as you can and they will give you their attention.
 Widen your stance
  • Widen your stance: Standing with your feet close together indicates that you are hesitant or unsure of what you are saying. Relax your knees, widen your stance and shift your weight to your lower body. This helps you look more “solid” and confident.
 Sit with your arm spread out around the chair next to you
  • Sit with your arm spread out around the chair next to you: Time to sit? You still need to try to make yourself as big as possible. According to research, this move shows power and dominance. Ensure that you use this pose even if nobody is looking at you.
 Smile
  • Smile: Smiling is the simplest, most effective and important pose of them all. Smiles have a positive effect on people. The human mind prefers happy faces and pays no attention to poker faces. Research suggests that we can spot a smile at 300 feet – the length of a football field. Smiling not only stimulates your own sense of well being it also tells those around you that you are approachable and trustworthy. It spreads an air of positivity and suggests congeniality to the people surrounding you.

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