Changing the outcome
‘Don’t leave that situation feeling, like, oh I didn’t show them who I am. Leave that situation feeling like, I really got to say who I am and show who I am.’ — Amy Cuddy
In the TED talk Your body language shapes who you are, Amy Cuddy explains how just two minutes of ‘power posing’ before an ‘evaluative situation’, such as the IELTS Speaking test, really can change the outcome.
Now watch the talk below.
Amy Cuddy speaks very fast, so you may find it difficult to understand her. Don’t worry! Your IELTS Speaking examiner will not speak as quickly as this. The primary objective of this exercise is to understand the point she is making rather than to practise your listening skills, so use the subtitles if you need to. The whole talk is interesting, but the key section for IELTS candidates starts at about 10:15.
If you need topics to practise on, head Road to IELTS Test Drive for a free, simulated Speaking Part 2.