On occasion I trade in Spotify for a podcast while on a run or walk. Just this week I listened to a TedTalk by Amy Cuddy that is worth sharing and talking a bit about. Amy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people. Her talk is about body language and how ours shapes who we are.
Amy points out that we spend a lot of time and energy thinking about what our body language communicates to other people, but don’t often consider how it affects ourselves. Her findings and conclusions challenged me to evaluate my own body language and how it is influencing my actions and outcomes. Amy’s story and success are incredibly encouraging and inspirational as well.
Her 20 minute TedTalk is worth listening to during your next walk, run, or drive. Here are a few key quotes that I am banking away:
“When we think of nonverbals, we think of how we judge others. … We tend to forget, though, the other audience that’s influenced by our nonverbals: ourselves.”
“Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.”
“Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”