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How body language changes us as well as our audience

I am generally at odds with the kind of speaker training which concentrates exclusively on performance (I focus equally on content and ‘delivery’). However, I have come to realise that body language is important not just because it influences the way audiences feel about us but because it changes the way we feel about ourselves. This is powerful and potentially life changing stuff, better explained by Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy who carried out the research and who is living proof of the theory. Watch her 15 minute TED talk and then put your hands on your hips!