Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Amy Cuddy

Trust is the conduit for influence; it's the medium through which ideas travel.
Amy Cuddy
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There are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down now and then, not least the fact that incessantly checking them takes us out of the present moment and disrupts family dinners around the globe.
Amy Cuddy
Politicians are very experienced - maybe too experienced - at using body language to signal power and competence. But what these politicians are much more likely to struggle with, or just neglect to do altogether, is communicate warmth and trustworthiness.
Amy Cuddy
If you're going into finance, you might be dealing with a lot of sexism and a lot of alpha behavior. How are you going to deal with that? How are you going to feel powerful and comfortable with being who you are?
Amy Cuddy
Practice smiling by holding a pencil between your teeth for twenty minutes.
Amy Cuddy
I want people to be able to influence themselves. We convince ourselves, and that allows us to convince others.
Amy Cuddy
Entrepreneurs are more likely to be successful if they're able to be present while pitching their ideas. It's about maintaining presence during big challenges - very high stakes moments with some component of social judgment. Everyone has them, whether they're entrepreneurs or not.
Amy Cuddy
I'm good enough; I'm smart enough. Self-affirmation is where people list their core values. These are things that really make them who they are.
Amy Cuddy
It's not uncommon for people to overvalue the importance of demonstrating their competence and power, often at the expense of demonstrating their warmth.
Amy Cuddy
Too many of us suffer from pervasive feelings of personal powerlessness. We have a terrible habit of obstructing our own paths forward, especially at the worst possible moments.
Amy Cuddy
You have to buy what you're selling. If you don't buy what you're selling, nobody will.
Amy Cuddy
I sometimes work with a communications and media training firm called KNP Communications. It's nice to bring the research to the practitioners; I learn a lot watching how they put it into practice, and I know they like to be on top of what's happening on the research front.
Amy Cuddy
When you walk into those situations that have a lot of conflict in them, the first thing to do is to be present enough to allow the other person to speak first. You're not giving power away; you're actually allowing them to feel seen and understood.
Amy Cuddy
Although our body language governs the way other people perceive us, our body language also governs how we perceive ourselves and how those perceptions become reinforced through our own behavior, our interactions, and even our physiology.
Amy Cuddy
The mind shapes the body, and the body shapes the mind.
Amy Cuddy
What I most want you to understand is that your body is continuously and convincingly sending messages to your brain, and you get to control the content of those messages.
Amy Cuddy
Trust comes before strength, and it becomes a conduit of influence. Your strength is a little bit threatening before people trust you.
Amy Cuddy
When you have a novel, exciting finding, that gets attention. People are going to push back, and that's honestly how science should work.
Amy Cuddy
There is no one who is present all the time, but you work on becoming present when you are interacting with people who are working for you, being able to hear them without a sense of threat, to go into those meetings with confidence and not arrogance.
Amy Cuddy
When we're sad, we slouch. We also slouch when we feel scared or powerless.
Amy Cuddy
Being a comfortable public speaker, which involves easily being able to go off-script, strongly signals competence.
Amy Cuddy
Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the 'iHunch.' I've also heard people call it 'text neck,' and in my work, I sometimes refer to it as 'iPosture.'
Amy Cuddy
Ironically, while many of us spend hours every day using small mobile devices to increase our productivity and efficiency, interacting with these objects, even for short periods of time, might do just the opposite, reducing our assertiveness and undermining our productivity.
Amy Cuddy
People want to feel understood by their leaders.
Amy Cuddy
A mountain of evidence shows that our bodies are pushing, shaping, even leading our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. That the body affects the mind is, it's fair to say, incontestable. And it's doing so in ways that either facilitate or impede our ability to bring our authentic best selves to our biggest challenges.
Amy Cuddy
A lot of politicians, not surprisingly, hire consultants to help them with their nonverbals, presence, generally how they come across.
Amy Cuddy
I would never encourage anyone to adopt a contractive posture. It's not good for you physically. It's not good for you psychologically.
Amy Cuddy
Authenticity doesn't just mean you're not filtering what you're saying, it's about being able to know and access the best parts of yourself and bring them forward.
Amy Cuddy
People judge you really quickly, at first just on your facial features. There are two dimensions - warmth and competence. You can think of them as trustworthiness and strength. They're first judging you on warmth; evaluating whether or not you are trustworthy. That's much more important to them than whether or not you're competent.
Amy Cuddy
People have a lot of control over their ability to rise to the occasion and to show their best or their aspirational selves.
Amy Cuddy
Charisma seems to be more about the intoxicating quality that you have on other people, as opposed to presence, which is more about the self in relation to others, and how you feel you represented yourself in a situation, and how you were able to engage. So it's less about how others see you and more about how you see yourself.
Amy Cuddy