Women in the Profession Skill Series Part 1

August 25 2015 | Committees

"Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are"
(Televised TedTalk by Amy Cuddy)

The Women in the Profession Committee met today at the NOBA office to kick off the first of their four part skills seminar!  

Amy Cuddy is an American social psychologist known for her research on stereotyping and discrimination, emotions, power, nonverbal behavior, and the effects of social stimuli on hormone levels.  She is Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School.  Her TEDTalk, delivered at TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and posted in October 2012, has been viewed more than 27 million times and ranks #2 among the most-viewed TEDTalks. This particular one focused on body language. Amy Cuddy explained how body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. She showed how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. 

After the video, The Chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, Alicia Bendana, discussed the importance of setting goals, facing fears, and the benefits of making mistakes. She started off by saying that the legal profession is built with stressful evaluative situations so Amy's TedTalk can be easily applied to day to day life. Alicia went on to talk about setting goals and how they allow you to incorporate challenges into your life. There is a direct link between setting goals and accomplishments. She provided a very interesting statistic that the percentage of people that are considered successful are because of simply writing their goals down. Alicia then went on to talk about failure and how it is not only natural to want to do everything perfectly, but it is natural to not want to experience failure even though it can be a good learning tool. "It can be easier to do nothing than do something and fail", she said. However, she brought up a great point: failure can be a great opportunity to show exceptional character in how you handle it. 

The attendees shared some of their experiences, both with goals and experiencing what they considered mistakes, and how it has positively shaped them professionally.

Part two of the skill series will be with Dawn Barrios. Her seminar is "A Letter to My 23 Year Old Self" on September 9th at the NOBA office. Click here for more information!


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