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The Power of Powerful Body Language

Photo Credit: Creative Commons - cigarraters

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – cigarraters

I’ve been a communications professional for more than 23 years.

One of the most important aspects of communication is non-verbal cues also known as body language.

Research has found that as much as 50 percent of our interpersonal communication is nonverbal.

In other words, only half of what we say is spoken with our mouth. The other half of our message is usually unconsciously and silently conveyed via our nonverbal cues.

Your nonverbal cues comprise everything from eyebrow movements, smiling (or not), hand gestures as well as overall body posture – just to name a few.

Below is a fascinating video by Harvard Business professor, Amy Cuddy who presents findings from a study she conducted about power, body position and gambling.

The video is 16 minutes long, but you won’t be disappointed – especially if you have a pending job interview, presentation or critical meeting to attend.

 

Question: Based on the video, is the power of body language bona fide or bogus?

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Comments

  1. I learned about kinesics some 50 years ago- and have used that treasure trove to my advantage. Who would think an engineer would know such things?

  2. Was lead to your blog through Michael Hyatt. I have been wanting to try to learn all of this to become a successful Human Resource Personnel but have failed miserably. I guess it could be my body language! Thanks for the video.

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