I have always been interested in body language. From my childhood days in dance class and drama, I learned that posture can create an impression for other people about the type of person you are. It can change how people react to you. But as a kid, I thought it was simply a tool for performers, real performers who are on stage. I did not realize that my own body language was important to my performance as a surgeon until I started coaching and reading more than orthopaedic textbooks.
One of the books that I read after hearing Amy Cuddy speak at a meeting is her book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. Harvard professor, Amy Cuddy has researched how you can use your body language to feel more confident. Specifically, she teaches about “power posing” as a tool to change how you feel.
As I learned about the different body language between men and women, between confident and insecure, between happy and sad, I started to become aware of my own body language. I consciously changed how I stand at work, how I enter the operating room, how I position myself in clinic, how I look at my colleagues when we talk. It takes effort, but I feel more confident.
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