Following on from last week’s post about job hunting tips for introverts, we’d like to share this fascinating TED Talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy.

Her research showed that our body language not only affects how others see us, but it also effects how we see ourselves. She studied “power posing” and what physiological changes occurred, including increased testosterone and lower cortisol.

Or in layman’s terms: simply standing or sitting in certain poses can make us more confident and less stressed. 

“Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes,” says Cuddy. Meaning, ‘faking’ confidence can actually lead to a real increase in confidence.

Her mantra of “fake it till you become it” is really aimed at those who may feel more timid in high-stress situations. So, if you’re facing a stressful job interview or company presentation think about applying Cuddy’s tips to feeling more confident and at ease.

Important Note: “Faking it” does not in any way mean you should misrepresent yourself.