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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Power Pose Your Way to #Confident #Writing #IWSG


It's July already and the rain won't stop in Ohio, waah. How can I train for swimming in a triathlon relay when thunder closes my outdoor pool? Time for July's Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. Join us HERE.



Last week I delivered a presentation to swim campers about ways to build their confidence. I mentioned the technique "fake it till you make it". In other words, if you don't feel confident, sometimes acting confident on the outside can boost confidence on the inside. Head up, shoulders back, add a smile or serene facial expression, and you're good to go.

Then I heard about a TED talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy that takes confident body language a step further. According to Dr. Cuddy, our nonverbals affect how others see us. But can nonverbals affect how we see ourselves?




Since I know you're busy and may not have time to watch the 21 minute video (it's worth it if you do have the time), I'll summarize her research.

Holding "power poses" for just two minutes can significantly increase testosterone (feelings of power) and decrease cortisol (feelings of stress).

What are power poses? Here's one:


Here are two more:


Are you mired in insecurity when writing? Knees knocking before pitching to a publisher? Try a power pose for two minutes and you'll feel more assertive, confident, and optimistic!

10 comments:

Nicki Elson said...

Oh YES - I'm totally getting myself a power pose! Maybe even a cape. :)

Good luck in the triathlon relay. That rain's got to let up soon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm going to practice my triumphant Ninja pose now!

Jennifer Lane said...

Nicki, I love the idea of a cape!

Alex, how did I know you were going to bring in the Ninja to this discussion?

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome. I can do that--a two minute glory stretch before jumping back in. Thanks for the tip! I also think wearing something that makes you feel like a million bucks helps.

Olga Godim said...

Oh, wow! I have to watch this video. Never thought of that. I wonder what is my power pose? Thanks for the tip.

Olga Godim said...

What a fantastic video! Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Jennifer Lane said...

Crystal, good tip on wearing something fab when you write!

Olga, I'm glad you loved it. I was touched by the part about female mentorship.

Cherie Colyer said...

Oh, a cape would be fun. And I can think of a lot of trouble to get my characters in while I do the power pose. Good luck in the triathlon.

Tanya Miranda said...

My power pose is the Wonder Woman pose. I can almost hear the theme song in my head...

-T
Tanya Miranda - Writer, Dreamer, Intergalactic Superhero

Lexa Cain said...

I never heard of power poses before. I wonder if the two minute thing acts like yoga and helps the body. Thanks for the info! :)

 


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