This excellent TED talk discusses the transformative power of strong, powerful body language in shaping not only how we are viewed by others, but also how we view ourselves. According to Amy Cuddy, studies show that people who enact dominant body positions perform noticeably better in high-stress situations and are ranked more favorably by observers. Watch it below in its entirety:

 

 

What’s the takeaway for debaters? Stand up straight, don’t fold your body (such as by crossing your arms or legs), and, when you don’t feel confident, “fake it until you become it!”

 

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