Leadership

Social Media Roundup: It’s All In Your Posture

Why body language matters in professional situations. Also: WordPress makes embedding social media content a little bit easier.

Body language: Do you speak it?

You can have all the ideas in the world about leadership, but all it takes is an awkward stance or a questionable appearance to sink others’ perception of you.

How can you make sure your pose is just as on-point as your ideas? That and more in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Body Language Fluency

“We’re really fascinated with body language.” That’s the assessment of Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist who works as a professor at Harvard Business School. During a TED talk that she gave last year, she discussed the way that nonverbal communication—a.k.a. body language—influences our interaction with the outside world. “So when we think of nonverbals,” Cuddy says, “we think of how we judge others, how they judge us, and what the outcomes are. We tend to forget, though, the other audience that’s influenced by our nonverbals, and that’s ourselves.” Cuddy’s talk offers many insights on how we can strike a stronger pose when going into a given situation—something that might come in handy the next time you’re in a meeting or working a tradeshow floor. (ht @DevinTisdale)

Embedding Gets Easier

WordPress is an important tool for managing content, but one of its bigger problems has always been one of collection—users have to jump through too many hoops to curate things from the broader internet. Fortunately, the Automattic team has spent time working on the issue and has launched functionality that makes it easy to both find and embed tweets and YouTube videos to share inside the blogging interface. It won’t be a total replacement for Storify or RebelMouse, but for more lightweight blogging needs, this could be just the thing to keep an ear on social. While the new functionality is only available for WordPress.com and WordPress VIP users, expect to see it hit the company’s Jetpack plugin, which includes a number of other useful additions, with a future version. (ht @TheNextWeb)

What’s your favorite way of curating content? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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