I am a child of the 70s. I grew up with Mary Tyler Moore, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch and The Bionic Woman. I loved them all, but my absolute favourite was Wonder Woman. I had a serious girl-crush on Wonder Woman. The costume, the boots, the golden lasso, the invisible plane, the headband that could knock out bad guys…and that spin that turned the demure Diana Prince into her powerful alter ego.
You would think that, at 45 years of age, I am over the whole Wonder Woman thing. However, she has had a surprising renaissance in my life.
I was surfing TED Talks last year when I stumbled across Amy Cuddy. Cuddy is a Harvard social psychologist who has done extensive research into the physiological response of stress in our bodies. Her astonishing finding is that we have the ability to manage the stress response and all it takes is a two-minute ‘power pose’.
Amy Cuddy has Radically changed the way I prepare to deliver workshops. She has taught me how to manage the cortisol that so unfailingly asserts itself when I am under stress. And she has helped me benefit hundreds of clients by sharing her simple science.
And what does this have to do with Wonder Woman? Well, you’ll just have to watch the TED Talk to find out.
Let’s just say that, thanks to Amy Cuddy, I get to channel Wonder Woman every single day…minus the invisible plane, of course!