If you have to make a presentation, network, or pitch here’s three silly things to get your energy and confidence up.

These exercises are super silly so be sure to do them when you are alone. Despite their silliness, they also work.  I have used them throughout my career, and they have never failed me. I often don’t feel very energetic and doing one or all of these before a meeting increases my energy level, which increase increases my confidence, and helps me own the room.   

So next time you have a meeting, either in person or on Zoom, and you’re not feeling at your best, try it. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel.

1. Get 10 times more excited.

Go into the bathroom and smile at yourself in the mirror. Then act 10 times more excited.  Keep increasing your excitement times 10 until you feel full of energy and positivity.

2. Do the superhero power pose.

Stand like a superhero with your feet a bit apart, your hands on your hips, and your chest out. There’s a reason super Superman stands this way.  You feel immediately powerful. Hold the pose for 40 to 60 seconds. I usually have a big grin on my face too.  Here’s my alter ego in the superhero power pose.

3. Rock out to your theme song.

Music is powerful because it evokes emotion. Pick a song to have as your pump up theme song. A song that makes you happy and revved as you sing along. It’s great to blast in your car on your way to a meeting or dance around your apartment before a Zoom call. You can even make a whole pump up playlist. My favorite theme song is Eye of the Tiger. You can’t hear that and not feel like you can take on the world.

Just like my toast tongs, these tips seem simple, but they work.   Which ones have you’ve tried? Which is your favorite?

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