Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.
By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.
Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same.
Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.
"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Psychologist Amy Cuddy helps us face down our dread of difficult conversations at work and at home. Expanding on the premise of her viral TED Talk on “power poses”—the act of physically enlarging yourself to fight stress and increase self-confidence—Cuddy offers practical tips for becoming more comfortable and confident in potentially stressful situations, whether you’re asking for a raise or meeting your partner’s parents. Her friendly and conversational tone immediately put us at ease and made us confident enough to practice our own power poses in the mirror.
Great content but exhausting to listen to
The vocal fry makes it exhausting to listen to this book. Great content, but the voice is extremely distracting. 9+ hours of listening to this vocal style is torturous. Read the print book instead.