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What other minimal manipulations can empower people?

Amy Cuddy presented power posing at Pop Tech and echoed the message she shared in her TED talk. Although Amy presented essentially the same content in both speeches, she concluded differently. At the end of the Pop Tech presentation, she asked, “What other minimal manipulations can empower people?”

Amy Cuddy found one manipulation which drastically affects our success and others’ perception of our character.

Are there other scientifically proven manipulations which empower people? In short, what minimal manipulations can people make – in 2 minutes or less – to live a more abundant, more successful, more fulfilling life?

If you don’t know if a manipulation is scientifically proven to empower others, what minimal manipulations do you believe would have the biggest impact on people's lives?

  • Dec 16 2013: Smiling more in general, and also smiling more at the people you interact with on a daily basis. It has positive effects on your own mood, and also improves the mood of others. When you're feeling gloomy, what's better than seeing someone flash you a free smile? It also causes a positive feedback effect, where the person's smile back will make you feel even better. The effect carries over to the smilee's social interactions as well, causing a ripple of good mood wherever you go.
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    Dec 9 2013: Nobody would ever need to be empowered if their power was never taken from them in the first place.
    • Dec 21 2013: Holding positions of power seem to be part of the natural behavior patterns. Do animals in the wild "take," or is the dominance a way of behaving? Can a person in power "tend and befriend" without giving up their power or losing their natural goodness? I think yes - by being aware of how to maintain our power we can knowingly allow our inner good attributes out, while still maintaining personal power. The inference that I made from your statement is that you have seen others who have lost their power and have assumed the low power stances in their world. Teach them to be powerful and be themselves - one at a time, and teach them to teach others. That would be the natural fix.
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        Dec 22 2013: Ah perhaps. But you must first believe power exists in the first place. What if I do not?
  • Dec 30 2013: Trying out another person's walk is also very good. Basically you just mirror their walk.

    I learnt this at an NLP seminar, where I was fortunate enough to mirror a highly skilled coach used to dealing with uber-alpha captains of industry and the like.

    The key difference in our walks was he swung his arms about 2 cms further back than I did.
    That 2 cms gave me an immense surge in confidence.
    In NLP the basic concept is simply known as Act as if...
    It works for many different characteristics and qualities. It's fun just to mirror someone who is obviously happy. An easy way to get happier.
  • Dec 22 2013: I am a singer and I identify strongly through this attribute. I feel that singing is the thing I do best. Whenever I face an event that seems daunting or stressful, it seems to boost my overall confidence to listen to myself singing as I approach that event. I think it is this process is the same process that Amy Cuddy speaks of, but a slightly different application. It's a transference of confidence. At first this seemed sort of narcissistic, but I discovered that it worked. The effectiveness became the important part. Concentration on and engagement with any positive attribute prior to an evaluative event may have the effect of increasing confidence producing hormones.
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    Dec 8 2013: I have this idea, Tony, that you can dance anywhere, sitting, standing, with music, without music. It feels good, and it's good exercise. Here is one of my YouTube videos on the subject: