Justine: How Body Language Can Project Confidence

This post is a re-boot from one I posted last year just before RWA Nationals, but it’s worth posting again. Nationals is in NYC this year and is a little less than a month away. No doubt many of us are working hard on our manuscripts (or bemoaning the lack of progress we’ve made on them lately), or we’re excited to see friends. Perhaps you’re looking forward to catching some of the great workshops being offered this year. Or perhaps you’re like me…stressing about the agent/editor appointment you managed to get. You’re wondering what the heck you’re going to say, how you’re going to be received, and whether or not the person you’re meeting will ask for your ms.

Don’t fret. Fake it, instead.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy presented a TED talk about how our body language shapes who we are. In essence, she said that if we adopt the body language of successful people, even for two minutes by ourselves in a bathroom before an important event (like an interview), it can affect how we’re perceived by others, and can lead to our own success. She referred to this “fake it ’till you make it.”

You can also watch her TED talk here.

So if you’re at Nationals and you see a lady in the bathroom talking to herself in the mirror and pumping her fists like “I’m a champion,” it’s probably me gearing up for my appointment. Do not be alarmed. In fact, do your own fist pump. You may be very glad you did.

4 thoughts on “Justine: How Body Language Can Project Confidence

  1. I’m a big believer in faking it! But, more importantly, what pitch sessions have you got? Are they the ones you wanted?

  2. The great thing about faking it is that it’s like a tree falling in the forest when nobody’s there to hear it. If no one can tell you’re faking confidence…then it’s like having confidence.

  3. This was such a fun post — I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it in the last year to give myself a little lift. The wonderwoman pose is very calming and promotes good breathing (-:. My daughter says it looks a little aggressive when I do it accidentally in public, but . . . what the heck! Sometimes I get tired of trying to take up not very much space. It’s nice to expand a little bit once in a while . . . even if it makes other people feel slightly uncomfortable. (-: Maybe I’m just turning into a cranky old lady.

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