Your body language has an immense effect on your physiology and state of mind. Margaret Page explains, “A person’s body language is a critical element of the message they are attempting to communicate. More than 60 percent of your listener’s neo cortex or thinking brain is involved with processing and analyzing what it sees. Only six percent of the thinking brain is involved with hearing and interpreting what it hears.”
“Let’s face it,” she continues. “We have all watched the news, movies, TV and, yes, Ted Talks. We expect speakers, commentators, politicians, ministers or people who speak in front of groups to be confident and knowledgeable. If you are not confident or have body movements that are incongruent with your message it will detract from your message.”
Page recommends using “power poses daily to change brain biochemistry.” In other words, spend a few minutes every day standing upright in a “wonder woman pose” with your hands on your hips. This will not only decrease levels of stress hormones in your body, but also give you the confidence to speak up at work.