In recent years there has been a surge of interest in other ways of handling nerves. Two of the most ‘famous’ include the so-called WonderWoman Pose of Amy Cuddy, and the whole Mindfulness movement. We’ll look at Mindfulness in a bit.
Amy Cuddy’s work is startling in how simple it is to apply. Her video goes into some detail but if you want to hear it from the horse’s mouth the video is below, but here’s my shorter introduction video to Amy Cuddy’s work on posture and confidence – the password is AC
It’s hard to find a better way to introduce this topic than to take it from the researcher… Dr Cuddy did a TED talk herself. (If you don’t know TED, you should!)
Don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of Amy Cuddy’s work. There is a lot of heavy-duty, hardcore research science behind it.
It’s not as easy to use as it sounds, but if you can find ways of applying it, it’s very powerful. The hard part is often simply finding a time and a place to do the exercise.