11 Extraordinary Amy Cuddy Quotes

Amy Cuddy is an American social psychologist best known for her research on stereotyping, discrimintion, and nonverbal behavior. She studies the effects of social stimuli on hormone levels. Through her years of study and practice, Cuddy has shared much sound advice. Here is a look at some of the best Amy Cuddy quotes from her time.

“A lot of politicians, not surprisingly, hire consultants to help them with their nonverbals, presence, generally how they come across.”

“Being a comfortable public speaker, which involves easily being able to go off-script, strongly signals competence.”

“Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become.”

“It’s not uncommon for people to overvalue the importance of demonstrating their competence and power, often at the expense of demonstrating their warmth.”

“Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”


“Our nonverbals govern how other people think and feel about us.”

“Politicians are very experienced – maybe too experienced – at using body language to signal power and competence. But what these politicians are much more likely to struggle with, or just neglect to do altogether, is communicate warmth and trustworthiness.”
“Tiny tweaks can lead to big changes.”

“Trust is the conduit for influence; it’s the medium through which ideas travel.”

“When we think of nonverbals, we think of how we judge others. … We tend to forget, though, the other audience that’s influenced by our nonverbals: ourselves.”

“Your body language shapes who you are.”

Here is Amy Cuddy during a TED talk as she discusses the integral way that body language is used to shape who you are. Depending upon your poses and posture, you can either increase or decrease your rate of success in certain scenarios.