Program Helps Businesses Take Advantage of Hormone Research That Proves the Intrinsic Power of Body Language

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According to researchers, utilizing particular body postures actually causes endocrine changes in the body, giving added impact to accepted knowledge about the importance of honing body language for improved professional presence, and proving that hormonal changes boost the previously-understood impact of non-verbal communication. Employee Development Systems, Inc. has developed a course to help organizations take advantage of this latest research, in real-world settings.

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Improved body language skills not only change how others perceive you, it changes how you experience the world, and your role in it.

Can your body language actually cause a power shift in your communication with others? According to a group of researchers at Harvard and Columbia Universities, it can. The results of their research show that people (both men and women) who take the time to compose themselves and pose in open, confident positions, experience a surge in testosterone and a decrease in cortisol. Testosterone is related to an increase in feelings of power and tolerance for risk, whereas cortisol is a hormone that the body produces as a reaction to stress.

According to the researchers, “In short, posing in displays of power caused advantaged and adaptive psychological, physiological, and behavioral changes, and these findings suggest that embodiment extends beyond mere thinking and feeling, to physiology and subsequent behavioral choices.” In essence, improved body language skills not only change how others perceive you, it changes how you experience the world, and your role in it.

While it is common knowledge that body language is responsible for conveying poise and control, and is far more effective – and sometimes more revealing – at communicating authentic intentions than verbal communication, now the case for mastering the skills of non-verbal communication has become much stronger. Essentially, a person can embody power and instantly become more authoritative; this has real-world, actionable implications.

Both domestic and international organizations are taking notice of this latest research, implementing professional presence training, from front line customer service employees to middle managers, executives and leaders. While the focus for each job category varies, the general strategies stay the same. Professional presence impacts business in ways we couldn’t have imagined in the past, and at a time when organizations are looking for an edge over competition, leaders are taking advantage of the core tactics of non-verbal communication to ensure that they come out on top.

In response to this latest research outcome, Employee Development Systems, Inc. is providing its landmark course, “Professional Presence in a Casual World” to businesses that are taking advantage of these findings, and are looking for ways to leverage them in real-world situations for more effective employees and stronger organizations overall. Since Employee Development Systems, Inc. was established in 1979, this and other effectiveness courses have been utilized by numerous leading global organizations.

The essence of the Professional Presence in a Casual World program is to create an awareness of what professionalism is and what professional behavior looks like so that participants from all generations and organizational levels leave with ideas on how to enhance their professionalism.

Readers are encouraged to view the most recent professional development videocast, in order to begin taking advantage of the untapped potential in themselves and their team. To learn more about the intrinsic value to your organization of developing a professional presence in a casual world, please contact Sherm Updegraff, Managing Director, Employee Development Systems, Inc. at 800-282-3374, or visit

About Employee Development Systems, Inc.
Employee Development Systems, Inc. is a Colorado-based professional development firm that was founded in 1979 and offers employee development, management development, leadership and professionalism courses and accompanying behavioral style assessments, surveys and other tools. Employee Development Systems, Inc. provides services worldwide to Fortune 500 clients as well as small to medium-sized businesses.

The organization’s mission is to enhance the interpersonal skills needed to perform at a more productive level, to develop a workforce that adapts to change, and is creative and innovative and to make the client organization the employer of choice. This is accomplished through establishing trust, building relationships and fostering behavioral change. Employee Development Systems, Inc. training and development initiatives address employee engagement, multiple generations in the workplace and the ramifications of social media and collaboration.


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