Apr 07 2016
Assertiveness skills: be more assertive with power posing

We’ve all been there. Right before an interview or stressful meeting, when your emotions are running high, all of your positive thoughts and careful planning go out the window. 

So in these situations, how do you make the best impression and be assertive? To do this, you need to understand what happens to your brain before the panic sets in! 

The Neuroscience of Assertiveness: The Amygdala Hijack

So, what does happens to our brains before a stressful situation? The amygdala is the emotional centre of the brain and can create a split second reaction when a person feels under threat or afraid. The amygdala hijack can prevent us from thinking and acting in the way that we would like in these situations.

The quickest way around this is to reduce your stress levels, which in turn will let you be more assertive and increase your emotional intelligence. You can do this by reducing tension… 

The power of a pose

In this inspirational TED Talk, Amy Cuddy explains one strategy to help bring you back into the moment when the amygdala threatens to take over:

Watch Amy Cuddy: Your body shapes who you are

Let your body language shape who you are and utilise the power of non-verbal expressions to assert your power in stressful situations.

Be more assertive

Want to learn more tips and techniques to help you be more assertive in and outside of work? Our Assertiveness skills: a practical approach one-day course will enable you to feel heard and respected. You will gain an understanding of the difference between assertiveness and aggression, learn how to delegate effectively and develop your own personal communication style.

Simply book online or feel free to call to speak to a member of our team on 020 7490 3030.

“Let your body change your mind. And your mind change your behaviour. And your behaviour change your outcome”. Book now to avoid disappointment

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