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It is often said this is a man's world.
So perhaps it should be no surprise that the key to appearing confident, knowledgeable and inspirational is to stand like a man.
Research shows that women are more likely to be viewed as leadership material when they adopt a typically male posture, with their feet planted shoulder-width apart.
Expansive hand gestures add to the 'power pose'.
The University College London study found that small changes to a woman's stance can have a big effect on how she is perceived, even when what she wears and says stay the same.
The researchers said: 'It seems the way people look when words are spoken influences the way people interpret these words.'
In the first of two experiments, the scientists filmed an actress delivering a short speech while standing in various different ways.
Some 1,500 men and women watched the videos and then rated her on everything from attractiveness to how knowledgeable she appeared to be.
In the second experiment, 500 volunteers watched videos of actors and actresses who adopted one of two poses.
One was a power pose, in which their feet were wide apart and they gestured with their hands.
The other was a more submissive stance, in which the actors swayed from side to side and kept their hands by their sides.
Overall, those who struck the power pose were judged more confident, convincing, knowledgeable, inspiring and leader-like.
The volunteers also said they'd be more likely to vote for them in an election.
Co-researcher Richard Newman, of public speaking training company UK Body Talk, recommends standing still, with feet shoulder-with apart.
Hands - and arms - extended, with the elbows away from the body.
He said that the advice, detailed in the journal Psychology, may be particularly useful for women, many of whom have been brought up to believe it is unfeminine to stand like a man.
Mr Newman said: 'When I do coaching, I find that women more often resist standing like this.
'So, I show them pictures of people like Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé and Julia Roberts, and say 'they are all doing it and they have presence'.'
He said that we are 'born to stand' with our feet apart.
It is the first stance that toddlers adopt when they learn to walk and puts someone in a position of physical strength, while show they are not a pushover.
The pose also makes the person themselves feel more confident and it may be that others pick up on this.
Mr Newman said: 'The findings show that if women can overcome their cultural conditioning and communicate using a stronger style, it could significantly increase their impact and influence and overall success in the workplace.
'Gender should never be a barrier to your ideas being heard.
However, like most things, practice makes perfect.
Mr Newman added: 'You have to practise it and do it in your own way. Everyone has their own style.'