In her TED talk, Amy Cuddy showed us how effective altering your body posture can be on your mindset. In Presence, she explains the "why" behind the "what" in our behaviors, reminding us of just how dynamic, responsive, and regenerative humans really are. Recommended By Moses M., Powells.com
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New York Times bestseller
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Forbes "15 Best Business Books of the Year"
People "Book of the Week"
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"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious--above all, truly powerful." — New York Times Book Review
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.
"Filled with stories about achieving greater mindfulness, successfully coping with stress, and being present to our immediate moments, Presence will help you direct all your competing energies more effectively. The first step in any great journey of change is into the self, after all." Bustle
"Amy Cuddy is making the world a braver place with her book, Presence. Weaving together science, practical examples, and storytelling, Cuddy shows us how bringing our boldest, most authentic selves to challenging situations inspires others to do the same. This book is a game-changer!" Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly and Rising Strong
"Amy Cuddy fuses the rigor of a researcher befitting one of the world's finest universities with the raw empathic insight that springs from uncommonly trying personal experience." Maria Popova, Brainpickings
"Amy Cuddy's must-read new book...is a triple threat: enjoyable, fascinating, and a brightly packaged New Year's resolution....There's a lot more to the body-mind connection, and that's what Presence lays out so well." Lane Florsheim, Marie Claire
"Cuddy brings an abundance of humility and charm to the page. Her presence itself — her openhearted desire to help the insecure and the uneasy in this age of anxiety — shines through. Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious — above all, truly powerful." Heather Havrilesky, front page New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Amy Cuddy is a Harvard Business School professor and social psychologist who studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments influence people. Her research has been published in top academic journals and covered by NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Wired, Fast Company, and more. Cuddy has been named a Game Changer by TIME, a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Her 2012 Ted Talk is the second most-viewed talk in TED’s history.