Why Power Pose?

Type of post: Teaching Resources "How To"
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Posted By: Petra "Piet" Chini
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, Jul 18 2019
Why Power Pose?

Amy Cuddy, a Harvard professor, in a 2012 Ted Talk, suggested that our body language governs how we think and feel about ourselves, and thus, how we hold our bodies can have an impact on our minds, which affects our behavior.  In other words, by commanding a powerful stance, we can make ourselves actually feel more powerful, which influences our behavior in a way that supports being powerful and successful at what we are trying to achieve.  In the study, participants sat in either a high-power pose (expansive posture) or low-power pose (leaning inward, legs crossed) for two minutes.  Cuddy found that those who sat in the high-power pose, felt more powerful and performed better in mock interviews than those who had not.   

The study also claimed that power posing caused hormonal chemical changes in the body.  Although subsequent research was not able to statistically reproduce the hormonal changes the study claimed, many other subsequent studies were able to reproduce the emotional and behavioral effects of the original study.

How does it apply to us? We aim to become a Champion Chorus. Judges often comment that they know the winning chorus or quartet when they walk on stage. Champion choruses look and behave like Champions, all they do. Champions are not created by accident. Champions become championsbefore they ever set foot on a stage. To achieve our goal, we need to do everything we can to become Champions, before we go to New Orleans -- learning champion-level skills and making them habits, exhibiting champion-level behavior and making it a habit, making champion-based decisions, and yes, feeling and looking like Champions.  

Sac Valley used power posing to very positive effect in our first regional competition that earned us our highest score in our chorus history (640), and our first of three sequential invitations to compete at International. We owe it to ourselves to reincorporate this habit into our daily lives as we prepare for International and our goal of achieving a Top-10 performance. Power posing can only add to our strength, confidence, unity, and success. Two minutes a day, that’s all we ask. 

Here is the link to Amy Cuddy's original TED talk, the second-most watched TED talk in history (~20 minutes but very inspiring): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc