Polarizing times call for thoughtful communication

GAC keynoter Amy Cuddy on effective body language and the dangers of adult bullying.

We live in an age defined by polarization, both politically and socially. Even with the best of intentions, our innate prejudices may invade our thought processes and communication with others.

Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, bestselling author, and expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice, shares how to minimize the effects of personal prejudices when interacting with others.

“We all have prejudices that direct our behavior toward each other, especially within the past five years,” says Cuddy, who will address the 2022 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27 to March 3.

“People who have never been targets of stereotyping are suddenly targets,” she says. “We all are. Remember that when people make the wrong assumption about you based on a tiny piece of information such as your political party, religion, or what you do to make a living.”

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