Ever since we were in school, our parents and teachers have told us to sit up, back straight, shoulders squared and look up. These instructions follow us to our offices as well. We are constantly told to watch our body language when interacting with others. Is it fact, though? Is body language as important as everyone makes it out to be?
Yes. The answer is yes. In fact, social scientists state that verbal messaging, or words, only make up for about 7% of a conversation. The rest is more about the tone and other non-verbal elements. Body language makes up for nearly 50% of the meaning that is conveyed! With this kind of weight on what our body language says, it is only natural that we pay a bit more attention to learning some ways to ace it.
With that in mind, we bring you an engaging TED Talk by Amy Cuddy here. Amy Cuddy is an American social psychologist who has studied and written about body language extensively. After completing her own studies, Cuddy taught at institutes such as Rutgers University, Northwestern University, and Harvard Business School.
The interesting angle to this particular TED Talk is that she doesn’t just talk about what impact your body language has on another person or what impact someone’s body language has on you. She instructs the listeners to understand their own body language, and examines how changing your posture or certain mannerisms about yourself can impact you as well. Her ideas about the ‘Power Pose’ focus on how ‘faking’ a confident stance physically can actually build more confidence in you. A lot of scientists have debated the same, but there is no denying the impact it seems to have on the audience and on her students.
There are a lot of tricks to perfecting your communication skills, and through this video, the team at LearnEd is bringing to you yet another one. Explore, attempt and practice regularly, and you will also master confidence when it comes to communication, both inside and out!