Saturday, July 16, 2016

Power Posing

I was at SEGi College Kuala Lumpur this morning to give a talk to about one hundred and thirty people. And in the process, I learned something new today. Power poses.
In 2012, Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy gave a now famous TED Talk on the benefits of "power-posing" or changing your body language in ways that can make you feel more confident.
In her 2015 book, "Presence," Cuddy further explores the benefits of mimicking the body language of powerful people. She argues that power-posing can be more effective than traditional confidence-boosting exercises, like telling yourself how great you are. She describes power poses as expansive and open.
When you adopt one, you take up a lot of space and hold your arms and legs away from your body.  

E.g. "The Wonder Woman" power pose, where you stand with your feet apart, your hands on your hips, and your chin tilted upward.
Cuddy suggests that our attitudes often follow from our behaviors, as opposed to the other way around. That means assuming the body language of a powerful person can make you feel confident.
On the other hand, shouting, "I'm awesome!" requires first a substantial attitude shift, which most of us know isn't so easy to make.
If you have seen me before I deliver my speeches, you will know what I mean. 

I believe power posing is real. And that is good enough for me!

On Friday, the British government has advised its citizens that there is a "high" threat from terrorism in Malaysia – following the June 28 bombing in Puchong. And IS attacks could be indiscriminate.

Not just the UK but also Canada and New Zealand  although the levels of terrorism threat as determined by the governments vary.

The Canadian government has asked its citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution" and the advisory from the New Zealand government says "there is a heightened threat of terrorism in Malaysia, including in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities," and asking New Zealanders in Malaysia to be "vigilant at all times".

The reality is that anything can happen anywhere, anytime.

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