Even when I'm a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
I'm a Superwoman
- Superwoman, Alicia Keys
You may not be wearing a skin tight leotard, have long flowing black locks or a giant “S” on your chest, but you can be Superwoman. According to social psychologist Amy Cuddy, “making yourself big” or standing in a Wonder Woman-like stance (hands on hips, legs wide), for just two minutes before a meeting changes the brain in ways to build courage, reduce anxiety and inspire leadership.
It might feel silly at first, but next time you’re nervous about a presentation or a big job interview, take a page out of Wonder Woman’s book and try out this power stance in front of the mirror. You’ll feel confident and ready to take on the world in no time!
Check out Cuddy’s TED Talk to learn how simple it is to boost your confidence in minutes.
Alex Brown is a Chicagoan, publicist and long-time friend of Jacqueline Perlman, founder of My Favorite Outfit. Outside of her full-time position, she has a passion for empowering women and staying active with runs along Lake Shore Drive. You can follow her on Instagram at @alexzbrown.