Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges

Book - 2015
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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
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780316256575
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,25 cm.


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CarleeMcDot May 14, 2018

I don't remember where exactly I came across this book (maybe it was on someone's Facebook post about the most influential book you've read recently), but I was stoked to give it a read. The author has actually given the second most viewed TED talk in history so I was expecting big things from this title. I love self-improvement type books and was hoping this one would have a ton of great nuggets I could take with me. I'll be honest... I was a little disappointed. It felt very clinical to me. I totally understand that she wants to back up her findings with evidence, but I felt like the majority of the book was about studies and experiments as opposed to real life outcomes. Since finishing the book I was able to watch her TED talk and thought it was great. I felt like the talk (maybe because it was only 20 minutes long) really focused on the main points of the book {FYI - The talk came first and due to the popularity and success of it, she then wrote this book to expand on the topic.}. If you have watched the talk or would like the science behind how body language can change your chemistry then this has plenty of info for you. If you would rather have the brief overview of power posing, I'd suggest sticking with the video. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

PimaLib_LoisM Sep 06, 2016

Reading this book can change your life. Try the power poses and increase your confidence!

Jul 14, 2016

I'm now an evangelist for this book and for her TED Talk. She says, "make until you BECOME it."

Jul 11, 2016

Good stuff. If librarianship wasn't my chosen career, I'd have really enjoyed being a social psychologist. Starfish up!

May 28, 2016

If you have not already watched Amy Cuddy's TED talk (the second most-watched TED talk ever), watch that first, and then read this book. The book explains the science and research behind the "power poses" and provides a lot more detail than the TED talk. The last chapter includes stories from a few of the thousands of people whose lives were changed by Amy Cuddy's TED talk, and those are amazing--especially the one about the horses who benefited from power poses!

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