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For Women Leaders, Body Language Matters: In Gender News, Professor Deborah Gruenfeld explains her research on body language and power, showing that women's body language and posture often "give away power."

The Confidence Game - How to Bring Out Your Inner Hotshot: An Oprah.com article details how one of Professor Deborah Gruenfeld's students used body language to shift power dynamics.

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are: In a TED talk, Professor Amy Cuddy discusses her research on how body language not only affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.

Researchers - How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace: This article details a Stanford Graduate School of Business study that demonstrated how, in the business world, women who can turn on and off the traits of agression and confidence get more promotions than either men or other women.

Power Moves: Lessons From AMC's Mad Men: Psychology Today summarizes research on dominant or submissive postural stances in response to other's posturing, finding that these adaptations are an unconscious behavoral response to competition.

Power Sitting: How you sit influences how powerful you feel: Different seating postures literally make you feel more powerful and more comfortable moving ahead in risky endeavors, according to a study summarized in Psychology Today.

Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up: Author Patricia Ryan Madson explains how to use the attitudes and techniques of improvisational theater to address everyday challenges.

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre: Keith Johnstone explores the use of body language to establish status when performing in the theater, finding results widely applicable in professional and personal situations.

 

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