The Effects on Performance When Utilizing Confident Body Language Preceding a Speech
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This research examines one way to potentially embody feelings of confidence in grade 4/5 elementary school children. Previous research suggests that utilizing confident body language prior to a job interview or other important events can result in a better outcome. This research will discuss how powerful body language can affect stress levels and executive functions. This research examined if children who use a specific powerful body pose prior to giving a speech will be graded higher in the area of delivery than children who were not trained to use a confident body pose and did not implement a specific body pose prior to delivering a speech. There were a very small number of students who participated in this research study. The subjects who participated in this research were from two split grade 4/5 classes of students from an Elementary School. A group of student from one class was taught the intervention and implemented it for two minutes prior to giving their speeches. The other group of students from the other class was not taught the intervention prior to presenting their speeches. Both groups of students participated in performing speeches in front of three judges who were not knowledgeable about the intervention. The results showed that the children who implemented the powerful body pose did not do better than the control group in any of the 3 areas of delivery, content and language that they were judged on. This may have been due to small sample size and lack of homogenizes of the subjects. Future research needs to examine if children who utilize more powerful body language prior to public speaking exhibit physiological changes in levels of cortisol compared to those who do not utilize powerful body poses.