5 Easy Power Poses to Make Yourself More Confident During Remote Meetings

Remote meetings are becoming more and more common fixtures in the business world as wireless technologies improve rapidly. And most recently, with the COVID-19 pandemic, remote meetings have become the main (and sometimes only) way in which business meetings are conducted.

Unfortunately, a lot of people, even those who are perfectly confident and composed in traditional meetings, are extremely nervous and unsure when they have to meet with business contacts remotely. Luckily, there is an easy and usually overlooked method of building confidence in remote meetings that astounds most people with how simple it is. That method is power posing.

It is common knowledge that how you talk and how you dress have major effects when it comes to your performance during a business meeting, but the huge impact of what you do with your body and its impact on your psychology is almost always underestimated. It might seem that body language is pretty intuitive, but a Harvard professor named Amy Cuddy actually developed some specific poses that “hack into” the poser’s psyche and make them have certain feelings.

Here are a few of the most effective power poses that are usable during remote meetings specifically.

  1. The Mr. Clean

This one is the classic on this list. When you are sitting in front of your camera listening to something, cross your arms in front of your chest and look straight at the camera. Also – and this is very important – keep your shoulders rolled back so your spine is straight and hold your head high. If you forget to roll your shoulders back and assume a slightly bent-forward position while crossing your arms, people will perceive the pose as a sign of weakness, like you are hugging yourself.

The beauty of this pose and all of those on this list is that it will not only be others who perceive you differently when you do them; it will affect your self-image, as well, and will make you perform the way the pose dictates.

  1. The CEO

“The CEO” is meant to communicate confident leadership. Use this pose when conducting an interview, delegating tasks during a meeting or otherwise just trying to give off the appearance of a boss while speaking. Don’t do it while listening to others, though, as you might come off as aloof. To pull off the pose, casually rest your arm on the back of your chair while reclining. If you’re feeling especially daring, lace your fingers behind your head instead of leaning on your chair. If your legs are visible to your camera, either spread your knees apart to take up as much space as possible or rest an ankle on the opposite knee.

  1. The Power-Closer

As the name of this pose suggests, it is meant for use while closing. Whether that means proposing a deal or simply wrapping up a presentation, the pose communicates power and charisma that will make people more likely to agree with whatever you just said. Execute the pose by planting your palms on the table in front of you and leaning slightly towards the camera. Make sure you are sitting up straight, too, or “The Power-Closer” may look a little odd.

  1. The Squinch

This one may sound like the title of a rejected Seinfeld episode, but it is actually a clever body language trick to make you look – and feel – more confident while listening to others. It is perhaps unfair to classify it as a power pose because it is so subtle, but “The Squinch” can be accomplished by slightly raising the lower eyebrow, which is not nearly as difficult as it sounds. This video by Peter Hurley, the photographer who noticed and named the trick, will give you a better idea:

  1. The Performer

This one is different from the others on this list in that it is to be done directly before the meeting. The pose gives a huge confidence boost and puts you in the right frame of mind. It can be pulled off by throwing your legs apart into a wide stance and holding your arms over your head, like a rockstar preparing to take a bow after the show. You could do this during the meeting, too, but you might look a little ridiculous. If you need to do something especially nerve-wracking like make a speech, though, it might be a good idea to step out of frame and strike this pose right before you go on so as to be in the most empowered state possible.

Some of these might sound crazy, but they are all well-proven and can really change your performance in remote meetings!

About the Author

Dustin Kemp is a professional blogger currently residing in Vietnam. He has been known to blog on a wide range of interesting topics including certified translation services.

Is Trump the New Translator in Chief?

The world is still abuzz with the state-sponsored assassination of Qasem Sulemani. This triggered talks of a US-Iran war. Then came the unintentional  downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines jet by Iran which claimed the lives of 176 souls.  This caused mass riots by thousands of irate Iranians who are demanding the ouster of Iran’s ruling class.

In a move reminiscent of the airborne leaflet propaganda used in World War II, US President Trump issued a pair of tweets to the citizens of Iran in both English and Farsi. These tweets were intended to encourage the Iranian people to rebel against their leadership and further destabilize the regime which has always been at odds with the US.

Trump’s use of tweets to send messages to foreign countries

NOT Kim Jong Un

This would not be the first time that President Trump has targeted tweets at foreign leaders or at the people in foreign countries. Trump is known to tweet about anything and everything, and for example has targeted tweets at both the people of North Korean and its leader Kim Jong Un (Rocket Man).

Another example at his attempt at foreign intervention through tweets can be seen in this tweet from last November:

But just like in the Farsi tweets, Trump has also tweeted in Spanish like in the example below.

Translation:

No more
No more false asylum
No more catch and release
No more illegal entry into the United States

Who translates for the President?

When Trump wants to tweet in a foreign language, who translates it for him? It is not done using machine translation-the quality is too good. I assume that someone on the President’s staff enlists the services of a good translator for that purpose. Certainly there is no shortage of good translators in the State Department and the CIA.

Do the intended recipients of the tweets even see them?

In the case of the Mexican tweets, we can assume that the Spanish tweets reach their mark as Twitter use is unrestricted in Mexico. But in Iran? The Iranian regime has recently censored all Internet use in the country so it is questionable as how many Iranians actually read the Farsi tweets, It would also explain why Trump has never tweeted in Chinese nor target Chinese people with his tweets, as Twitter is blocked in China.

Should Trump translate his tweets into other languages?

Can we expect Trump to send more officially-translated tweets? It makes sense, since some of Trump’s tweets are very difficult to translate using machine translation. If a tweet is targeted to a large population in a foreign country, it is dangerous to rely on people using machine translation to translate a tweet. Twitter uses Google Translate to allow translation of tweets from within Twitter. Trump’s tweets are often written in very informal, idiomatic English which do not lend itself well to machine translation. For a tweet to hit its mark, it is better for the writer of the tweet (in this case Trump) to control the translation at the source and tweet directly in the target language.

That’s why I say that we can expect to see more translated tweets by President Trump.

5 Ways Twitter Can Boost Your Foreign Language Skills

The fastest and most efficient way of learning a foreign language has always been total immersion, using the language on a daily basis, almost to the exclusion of your mother tongue. For people who are not living in a country where their target language is spoken, this is easier said than done.

Luckily for the modern language learner, the internet — and especially social media — offers unrivaled scope for interacting with native speakers on a daily basis, offering an excellent way of increasing your immersion and instinctive language abilities. Among the various social media platforms, Twitter is especially helpful for students of foreign languages, for these reasons:

Newspaper Headlines

Most newspapers, including those in your target language, run Twitter accounts tweeting their most important headlines. The very nature of tweets means that the sentences will be short rather than overwhelming, and as a bonus will often include some wordplay or other illuminating examples of usage. If the headline is easy to read and interests you, you can continue to the main story; if not, you’ve only lost a few seconds while still practicing your skills.

Follow Social Media Savvy Linguists

There are some Twitter users who are leaders in language. One such user is Erik Hansson.  These Twitter users can provide you with a wealth of useful information on language, culture, localization and more.

Whichever language you’re studying, there will likely be at least one Twitter account posting a word or phrase of the day, with a translation and examples of use. Depending on the popularity of the language, you can probably find many such accounts, and following a few can be a quick but manageable way to build up new vocabulary on a wide range of topics.

Peer Learning

Checking the follower lists for the daily vocabulary accounts is an efficient way of finding other people studying the same language as you. This can give you an opportunity to interact, but you can also learn a lot simply by following people who talk about their struggles and successes with their studies.

Rotation Curation Accounts

Rotation curation refers to Twitter accounts in which different people take turns tweeting around a certain topic for a week or so. Many of them are related to a particular country, and although they are often written in English, they can give a valuable insight into the culture and lifestyle of the region whose language you’re learning. And if you find the tweets of a curator particularly interesting and helpful, you can usually continue following them in their native language account too. Try searching Twitter for accounts such as “I am (country of choice)” to see if there’s an account relating to your language.

Celebrity and Gossip Accounts

Social media is a veritable playground for celebrity gossip and other ephemera. While this might not be your first choice of reading in your mother tongue, following suitably “lightweight” accounts in your chosen language can give you a relatively simple way of tuning into modern idioms, slang, and other usages which would be difficult to tap into by other means. Following the conversations these accounts provoke can also give you strong insights into the casual language that you’d be likely to come across in everyday situations.

Few people find that becoming proficient in a new language is easy, but it needn’t just involve hours of dusty book learning and reams of baffling grammar. If you’re already one of the millions who use Twitter regularly, then simply following a few of these kinds of accounts can be a powerful and enjoyable stimulus toward everyday fluency.

About the Author

Peter Swift has been working in writing, content development, and online business for over 15 years, of which a decade was spent as content and marketing manager for a credit brokerage. His writing experience covers diverse topics including finance, marketing, online business, and health.

Peter’s specialty is to research new topics in depth, and deliver succinct and engaging texts with an emphasis on value for the reader. He will happily create content in US, British, and Australian English. He also offers German-to-English translation services at competitive rates.

Peter is originally from England but now lives and works in a small mountain village in Austria, Central Europe.