When we accomplish something together at SOCIALDEVIANT, whether it’s big or small, we often exclaim, “you killed it!” to show our appreciation for a job well done. This quick pat-on-the-back motivates us to continue bringing the best version of ourselves to our work at SOCIALDEVIANT.
But what happens when we aren’t confident in our abilities? How do we feel when we haven’t tackled a specific project before? In what moments do we shrink back, waiting for other team members to react?
Luckily, these feelings don’t happen too often around here. One of our DEVIANTisms is to express confidence in the work we do because we are truly leading the content revolution and are experts in content strategy. We surfaced key strategies to keep our confidence high in our monthly DEVIANT Book Club book, Amy Cuddy’s Presence, and wrestled with ways to use lessons from the book in all aspects of life.
If you’re familiar with Cuddy’s TED Talk, you’re aware of the power poses she suggests we use before challenging situations to be more present. Having presence opens your mind to creativity and feedback, gives you more confidence, and suggests you are trustworthy. The power poses she suggests trying include having a big and open posture, standing like a superhero, and walking with power. In true DEVIANT fashion, we put words into action and practiced standing in power poses and walking with confidence together.
These activities sparked conversation about ways we can exude more presence at work. We are experts in the field of digital marketing and social media. However, as Cuddy mentioned, no matter the circumstance, feelings of impostorism and anxiety can creep in, creating self-doubt and lack of presence. We can especially feel less confident over the phone, which is how we often conduct client meetings. Ultimately, we know these feelings have no merit, so how can we conquer them? Based on extensive research by Cuddy, conducting power poses before important presentations and stressful situations can train our brains to feel more comfortable and confident. We all committed to power posing more often around the office, and in our daily lives.
Here are a few ways anyone can incorporate concepts from Presence into their work:
- Practice good posture at your desk and during meetings
- Power pose in the bathroom before big meetings
- When power posing is simply not possible, sit tall and open and take a mental power pose
- Commit to small, manageable goals (tiny nudges) to achieve long-term habits
- Reframe your mindset from anxiety to excitement
- Remind yourself of your personal strengths before stressful situations
- When presenting over the phone, speak up and use people in the room to affirm your points
- Don’t discount points in email communications with self deprecating remarks, such as “I just,” “Sorry to bother you,” etc.
- Be prepared with agendas, summaries, and stand firm in your point of view
- Own it.
So stand (or sit or walk) tall. Believe in your own story. Speak up. Lean in. Be more DEVIANT. Go out there and “kill it.”