If you question whether authenticity plays a role in business or legal settings, please check this out. My wise friend Joyce forwarded this article about a bestselling book written by Harvard Psychologist Amy Cuddy (see right column).* Here is a quote:
When one is delivering as their best self, they are said to be exhibiting “presence.” She says that presence is most clear to others when “we feel personally powerful, which allows us to be acutely attuned to our most sincere selves.” In other words, when we believe in our message and believe in ourselves, we are in fact scientifically more believable to others – and there are ways to hack your own brain, like the power pose, to make these findings work for anyone.
Anyone up for a read?
“…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou, forwarded to me by Marcia Slott.
Very, very true. It is one reason I struggle with law. I cannot be my true self. They will have me for lunch…but I carry on! There was a reason for me to put my circle in this square hole and I’ve seen clues of why it fits my destiny. Sometimes though….I think about being a barista! 🙂
*Lopez, Ken. “A Harvard Psychologist Writes About Presenting to Win.” A2L Consulting: The Litigation Consulting Report, n.p. 14 March 2016. Web. 17 March 2016.