power poseWhat if your chances for success at your next interview, networking event or important business meeting could be increased simply by changing your posture?

In a captivating TedTalk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don’t feel confident — can impact how others see you, and more importantly, how you feel about yourself.

Striking a “power pose” can change your body chemistry and send signals to the brain that lead to increased positivity and self-confidence, as well as lower levels of stress and anxiety. If you don’t feel happy or strong or self-confident, act as if you do.

For people who practice yoga, martial arts, or any focused athletic activity, this notion of power posing is intuitive.  In yoga, a classic warrior pose embodies strength, steadiness, an open heart and a sense of forward movement – power posing at its best.

The road to success may start by changing your body so that you can change your mind.  The next time you are facing a stressful meeting, interview or negotiation, try acting as if – strike a power pose.

Listen to Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk 

Recommended Reading

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career, by Herminia Ibarra

Get out of your head and conduct an experiment!

“[B]y far the biggest mistake people make when trying to change careers is to delay taking the first step until they have settled on a destination”. Ibarra emphasizes the importance of crafting “exploratory experiments”. These are things you do to test out possibilities – trying a new activity, joining a group, volunteering, finding a role model. Discover your “what next” by taking the first small step.

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Experience how a coaching conversation can build your confidence and strengthen your presence.  A stronger career presence can benefit you in any of these areas:

  • Advancing in your career
  • Improving your leadership skills
  • Enhancing team performance
  • Increasing your confidence networking
  • Resolving interpersonal conflict

Contact Lianne by July 10th to schedule your complimentary session.

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  • Performance Conversations: A Solutions Focused Approach
  • Communicating in Cross Functional Teams
  • Networking and Business Development
  • Leading Powerful Conversations 
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  • Personality Type and Effective Team Building

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Lianne Krakauer is a career and leadership coach with 20 years of experience in professional services, law, education and the public sector. She works with individuals at all levels to find ways to re-invent their careers and bring about positive sustainable change. In addition to her work as a coach, Lianne has facilitated workshops and presented on a wide range of topics related to career and leadership development, communication and coaching. Lianne has a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Education, both from the University of Toronto; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario. She is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Lianne is currently enrolled in an Executive Coaching Certification Program at Royal Roads University in Victoria B.C. In her free time she can be found on her yoga mat in a warrior pose or headstand.