Some examples of how power posing can actually boost your confidence

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Amy Cuddy demonstrates a classic power pose, used my humans and chimps alike—spreading your arms wide to appear more powerful. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Amy Cuddy demonstrates a classic power pose that is used by humans and chimps alike—spreading your arms wide to appear more powerful. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

There’s one very important thing that everyone should do before heading into a job interview, giving a big speech or attempting an athletic feat. According to Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard Business School, everyone should spend two minutes power posing. What, you ask, is power posing? It is adopting the stances associated with confidence, power and achievement — chest lifted, head held high, arms either up or propped on the hips.

As Cuddy explains in this talk from TEDGlobal 2012, both humans and animals express power through their bodies. They tumble in on themselves when they feel unsure, making themselves smaller by hunching over, crossing their arms over their chest and avoiding big movements. When they feel on top of the…

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