As you may have heard, ISPA recently announced social psychologist Amy Cuddy as the opening keynote speaker at the 2017 ISPA Conference & Expo coming up in October. This probably led to one of two reactions for you: “Amy Cuddy? I love her!” or, “Amy Cuddy? I may need to Google her!” Well we saved you the research and gathered some fast facts to help you get to know our opening keynote speaker.
Who is Amy Cuddy?
As mentioned, Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist, specializing in human behavior and interaction, including the art of being present and nonverbal communication such as body language. As a Harvard Business School faculty member, she studies how nonverbal communications can affect others, and teaches others how to use her lessons to their advantage in both the professional and personal worlds.
Amy’s 2016 book, Presence, expands upon the themes of her TED Talk, including, well, presence. “Unlike so many similar books aimed at ushering us to our best lives, “Presence” feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious — above all, truly powerful,” said The New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Where might I have seen her before?
If you have an internet connection, chances are you’ve seen Amy on some medium or another discussing body language and other skills related to communicating nonverbally. Her TED Talk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are ,” is the second-most-viewed TED Talk of all-time with over 39 million views and counting. Yes, you read that correctly, 39 million views! Amy has also appeared in The New York Times, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan and many other outlets sharing the secrets of empowering individuals through their posture, body movement, facial expressions and other nonverbal behavior.
How will her presentation help me?
Amy’s presentation will help you find the balance between trustworthiness and strength, and the ways in which you can affect thoughts, feelings and behaviors through nonverbal communication. Her presentation will teach you how to become more present and influential in both your professional and personal life. Sounds like some key leadership skills that you may benefit from.
Now that you know who Amy Cuddy is, and perhaps have watched her TED Talk, I think you can move into the, “Amy Cuddy? I love her!” camp with the rest of us. Register now for the 2017 ISPA Conference & Expo to see Amy, Daniel Pink and our other speakers we have yet to announce!