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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:45:00 GMT | By Melia Robinson
Eight power poses that will make you more successful at work

These postures will make you more confident.



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  • For sleeping: Lie in an open position with your arms and legs outstretched (© Melia Robinson/Business Insider)
  • For speaking in a meeting: Tightly cross your arms across your chest and roll your shoulders back (© Melia Robinson/Business Insider)
  • For closing a deal: Plant your hands on the table and lean forward (© Melia Robinson/Business Insider)
  • For pitching an idea: Rest your feet on the table, clasp your hands behind your head, and lean back (© Melia Robinson/Business Insider)
  • For interviewing: Plant your feet widely and stretch your arms overhead in a V shape (© Melia Robinson/Business Insider)
  • For conducting an interview: Rest your arm on the back of your chair, keep your knees apart, and recline (© Melia Robinson/Business Insider)
  • For chit-chat with your boss: Puff out your chest, plant your hands on your hips, and stand with feet hip-width apart (© Melia Robinson/Business Insider)
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It's the cheapest, most low-tech life hack you'll find. Power posing: The act of taking a posture of confidence, even when you don't feel so confident, to make yourself more dominant.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy struck a chord in the business world at TEDGlobal 2012 when she gave a talk about the scientific evidence behind power posing. Her research showed that standing or sitting a certain way, even for two minutes, raises testosterone levels and lowers the stress hormone cortisol.

These immediate changes in your body chemistry can affect the way you do your job and interact with other people. They might even have an impact on your chances of success.

Click through for a breakdown of which pose to use in eight common situations that affect your work success. Some of the poses have names created by Cuddy; others we came up with. We asked some of Business Insider's tech reporters to test them out.

We’ve included one final slide on the science of power posing.

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