The Power of Reassurance

Amy Cuddy is known around the world for her 2012 TED Talk–the second-most viewed talk in TED’s history. Cuddy gives a keynote presentation on Friday, March 18 at San Diego Women’s Week’s Inspiration Conference. Jeff Meyer offers this reflection:

Social Psychologist Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges Amy Cuddy is known around the world for her 2012 TED Talk, which is the second-most viewed talk in TED’s history. A Harvard Business School professor and social psychologist, Cuddy studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments influence people. Her research has been published in top academic journals and covered by NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Wired, Fast Company, and more.

As the lecture went underway, I watched with casual interest as Cuddy explained her curiosity with body language and how the manipulation of the body into various “power poses” can instill confidence within the individual.

In a tender moment near the end of her lecture, Cuddy recounts how a young student opened up to her and revealed feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, echoing Cuddy’s own personal story.

Suddenly my eyes could not look away. This powerful instant made me realize that every teacher, coach, and mentor I’ve ever idolized has too felt inadequate or doubted their abilities at some point in their life.

It is in these moments of self-doubt that the reassurances provided by family, friends, and mentors matter most. Since that day, in any moment of doubt or uncertainty, I simply place my hands on my hips and “fake it until I become it.”

Jeff Meyer
Member Relations Coordinator
North San Diego Business Chamber


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