If you want learners to feel more confident and take more risks when they’re role playing or presenting, have them work on their posture.

Harvard researchers found that “power postures” (open-limbed, expansive postures) produce chemicals in your body that make you feel more powerful.

Holding a power posture for one minute was enough to create these effects. Conversely, “shrinking” into a space or closing your limbs made people feel less confident and less powerful.

Source: Power Posing: “Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels and Risk Tolerance,” Psychological Science, Sep 21, 2010.

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