Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Amy Cuddy: Nonverbal Communication

Over the past few weeks six college students with engineering and computer science backgrounds have been working with us to develop smart phone apps and an internet of things website. In preparation for their demo to company executives, we hosted a series of mini-workshops focused on improving their communication, team work, and other soft skills.

One area we focused on is the power of nonverbal communication. For instance, how body language (arms closed around you, open and extended arms, facial expressions.) evoke meaning in your interactions with people. If you are curious about this topic and want to take a quick deep dive into the social pyschology of nonverbal communication, I highly recommend checking out Amy Cuddy'sTED talk. It is one of the most watched TED talks of all time--22 million--and breaks down some really interesting strategies to consider when working with people.