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A few years ago I decided that I was going to change just slightly what I realized was my default facial expression. The change was from a slight frown to a slight smile. At first smiling felt awkward and fake.


And then at some point it became my natural everyday expression. I would be surprised when someone on the street, in the gym or the grocery store would smile at me. I realized that they were actually smiling back at me. They had picked up my smile and reflected it back. Their smile made me feel good. In some small way I was affecting their behavior and their smile was impacting me.


In Amy Cuddy's TED.com talk entitled, "Your body language shapes who you are," she explains how


"our bodies change our minds


...and our minds change our behavior


...and our behavior changes our outcomes."


Please watch this video, and to the end, as I believe it is life changing!


As I discovered, tiny tweaks lead to big changes. By smiling more, I began to see and experience the world more positively.  


I remember so clearly the Saturday morning when I was weeding in my backyard in Oakland, CA. I was sitting on the narrow ledge next to the lemon tree. All of a sudden I realized I was happy.


Was it due to the fact that I had been smiling more? I am sure it was this and most likely other factors as well.  


Cuddy has found through her research that when people shape their body for just two minutes into a power pose, like with their arms raised in a "V" above their head, they then exhibit a more assertive and confident presence.  


Practicing a power pose can be extremely effective prior to going into a job interview or before giving a talk, for example.


Do you know what your default facial expression is? What about the way you hold your body? By noticing our default presence, we have the capacity to make small tweaks that can lead to big changes.


As Cuddy vividly demonstrates, "Fake it, until you make it. Fake it until you become it."


Happy Thanksgiving, 


Sue Schleifer


Please share your reflections with me personally or on the Oak Communications Coaching and Consulting Facebook page.   

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I am pleased to share that I have been awarded the next level of credential from the International Coach Federation, the Professional Certified Coach.

I invite you to attend the webinar I am leading on Tuesday, November 13 at 11 am CST for the Rapides Foundation's Community Development Works. The title of the workshop is Fostering Job Satisfaction: Coaching and Mentoring Staff.


And here is a terrific animated introduction to Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking entitled, The Power of Quiet.   


Coaching Services  

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Have you been thinking about working with a life/career coach? Want to connect? 


Give me a call to schedule a complimentary coaching consultation.   


Check out what a few of my clients have said about the coaching experience. 


"A year ago I met Sue for our first session. Through her probing and listening we pinpointed areas that, with specific attention to my thinking and choices, help me:  

  • be personally more effective
  • move towards a more balanced life

My spouse and employees have noticed a positive change, as have I."

Sales Manager-Fortune 500 Company

"Since I first hired a coach I have been a happier person and a more successful businessman. My company has become much more successful, our employees have had the opportunity to grow to the fullest of their capabilities and everyone seems to enjoy each day of life much more than in the past."


"Sue truly cares about her clients' goals and brings that passion to her work as a life coach. With her fresh perspective and eye for possibility, she helps me find creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Plenty of professional and creative people would benefit from working with Sue, and I particularly recommend her to anyone who needs to get 'unstuck'."
Medical Editor and Fabric Artist

"Doesn't everyone need a coach? From working with Sue, I'm convinced of it. I am spending more time on the activities that are most important to me and have set aside some old patterns (like worrying too much!) that got in my way. Sue is helping me achieve my interpersonal as well as career goals."
President, High Tech Management Consulting Firm

I would love to be a resource to you too! Let's talk.


Sue Schleifer, M.A.


510.316.3319 - cell
Oak Communications

Lafayette, LA and throughout the country

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