Ace your interview – using this 2 minute exercise from Amy Cuddy

“We know our minds change our bodies,” Amy Cuddy shared in her TED Talk. “But do our bodies change our minds?”

amycuddy-super-woman quote

“So I want to start by offering you a free no-tech life hack, and all it requires of you is this: that you change your posture for two minutes.”

Amy Cuddy suggests that we use this superwoman/man pose before each interview. This advice has served me well. Before each interview, I have practiced this superwoman pose. The last time I tried it, I received an offer and landed in my current meaningful position.

Posture actually does make a difference. Amy Cuddy’s TED talk is the second most watched TED talk on the internet. I use this TED talk in my interview workshops to teach people to use “presence” in their interviews and to improve their prospects.

I am reading the book “Presence” now.  So many people contacted her to tell her how her talk has changed their lives. From the large outpouring of responses that Ms. Cuddy received, she has written “Presence.”

Do you have an interview coming up. I urge you to watch this video first.

Here are my superheroes, my grandparents:

Gloria Super woman


Tell me, how have you been present?


By day, Rachelle, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdco. By night, Rachelle provided career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children.



About Rachelle Lappinen

​Rachelle Lappinen is a Career and Academic Consultant and a Green Energy Ambassador. Currently, Rachelle serves as an education advocate for MassEdco working with high school students on college and career navigation. Rachelle also consults working with MIT on a research program, researching the effects of long-term unemployment on the middle class and developing best practices to help this population. Rachelle has worked at Mount Wachusett Community College, the YWCA and Becker College as a Career Development Counselor. Before becoming entering the field of workforce development, Rachelle spent over 10 years working as an insurance underwriter. Throughout her coaching and volunteer experiences, Rachelle has been noted for her determination and persistence to help those in need of career guidance. As a volunteer, Rachelle is actively involved with the non-profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Leominster and Fitchburg and the Center for Women and Enterprises. Prior to entering the coaching world, Rachelle was a senior group insurance underwriter for Unum, and sales representative for Prudential Financial. She actively involved with the Career Counselors Consortium and is a member of the Career Resource Rachelle M. Lappinen, MBA, GCDF, CPRW
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