At the recent CHIME CIO Fall Forum event in Phoenix, AZ, we had the privilege to hear from Amy Cuddy. She gave some incredible advice to all those in attendance. So much so that we’ll have a few blog posts based on her comments.
For this post we want to focus on the question “Do you feel powerful or powerless?”
It’s an extremely important question since it will play an important part in the trajectory of your career. That’s true if you’re searching for a job or if you already have a job. Appearing powerful or powerless can make a huge impact on the people around you.
Amy highlighted a number of observations about whether we feel powerful or powerless, but this one really caught my attention:
When we feel powerful we expand. When we feel powerless we shrink. #CHIME16
— John Lynn (@techguy) November 2, 2016
What a simple concept and if you’re like me you’re thinking back on times that you shrunk or times that you got bigger and how you felt. There’s definitely truth in the idea of expanding to become more powerful or shrinking when you feel powerless.
The moral of the story is that we can control our body language and it can significantly impact how powerful we feel. Striking a superman pose which is big and powerful can change our perception and make us feel more powerful. Think about that next time you are going for an interview or entering a challenging meeting for work. You’ll be surprised how a simple thing can help you feel and act more powerful.