Maximize your chance of making a great first impression and having your audience engaged in what you’re saying.

By Kelly Studer (Career Stylist, Kelly Studer Consulting)

Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovered ways for people to feel more powerful through simple tweaks to their body language. By practicing a few different “power poses” prior to a situation that requires feeling in control, powerful and confident, it can really do the trick.

To maximize your chance of making a great first impression and having your audience engaged in what you have to say instantly, watch the video and then think about all of the situations in which you could test it out – a job interview, giving a presentation, leading an important meeting, asking for a promotion or raise, asking someone out on a date, giving a sales pitch.

The potential applications are endless. Take some posture cues from the video below:

Have you ever intentionally or unintentionally practiced this? What were the results? Share your story with us in the comments.

I’d even like to hear if you have a situation in mind and are willing to give it a try.

You are invited to join me on Wednesday, July 25 for a Negotiating for Women workshop at Google’s San Francisco office.

Editor’s note: Got a question for our guest blogger? Leave a message in the comments below.

About the guest blogger: Kelly Studer is a Career Stylist at Kelly Studer Consulting, transforming careers and images for ambitious, career-minded professionals and executives at Fortune 500 companies and startups. Kelly brings 15+ years of experience at some of the world’s best companies (Google,, Sapient, and Accenture) to her clients, defining their personal brand in order to transform their professional presence and image to match. Obtaining that elusive “executive presence” is one of her specialties