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Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking, featuring the prize-winning speeches of Toastmasters World Champions by Ryan Avery, Jeremey Donovan

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CHAPTER 8

Managing Nonverbal Delivery

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TIP 63: Power-pose just before you speak.

Social scientist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy offers advice on what you need to do before you enter the stage to influence how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you. She and her fellow researchers discovered two simple one-minute power poses that cause “advantaged and adaptive psychological, physiological, and behavioral changes” that allow a person to “embody power and instantly become more powerful.” The researchers addressed the impact of their findings on public speaking, adding, “By simply changing physical posture, an individual ...

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