Architecture students have to make presentations several times for each design studio course. Getting up in front of your professors, invited architects and even your peers can be stressful, raising your cortisol levels. However, social psychologist Amy Cuddy has done research that shows if a person adopts a powerful pose, even for just two minutes, cortisol levels drop, testosterone levels rise and you will actually behave more powerfully, as if you really are in control, you really are the expert on your own design.
Just to start off, stand with your feet slightly apart, arms at your sides, on your hips, or even hands clasped behind your back, shoulders back, chin up.
Or raise your arms up over your head in victory. Do this for two minutes, before your presentation.
When you are in front of the jury, keep your shoulders back, look at your audience, chin up, keep your hands out of your pockets, and remember, you know your building the best.
You are going to give a great presentation.