How can we be our strongest selves in life's most challenging situations? We often approach these situations - job interviews, difficult conversations, speaking up for ourselves - with anxiety and leave them with regret. Moments that require us to be genuine and powerful instead cause us to feel phoney and powerless, preventing us from being our best selves.
Harvard professor Amy Cuddy shows us we need to stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead change the impression we're making on ourselves. Cutting-edge science reveals that if we adopt behaviours reflecting power and strength, we liberate ourselves from the fears and doubts that obstruct us. By redirecting our thoughts, actions, and even physiology, we free ourselves to be our best.
Amy Cuddy galvanised viewers around the world with her TED talk on 'power poses'. Now she explains the science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects and teaches us how to use this science to become self-assured in high-pressure moments.
Impassioned, beautifully researched, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals facing real obstacles and succeeding against the odds. Every reader will learn how to approach stress-filled challenges without fear and leave them without regret.
Written and read by Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School who studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people. Her research has been published in top academic journals and covered by NPR, The New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, and more. Cuddy has been named a 'Game Changer' by Time, one of '50 Women Who Are Changing the World' by Business Insider, and a 'Young Global Leader' by the World Economic Forum. Her 2012 TEDTalk is the second most-viewed talk in TED's history.
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This is one of those life changing books. Simply written, well read and packed with insight and wisdom. When history is written this will be modern day classic along with Shakespeare and Trotsky and Bottom. Thank you!
Having immensely enjoyed Amy Cuddy's inspiring TED lecture entitled 'Your Body Shapes Who You Are', I was really excited to read her following book. I hoped it would provide greater insight on HOW to become more 'present' and self-empowered.
Instead, I found the book to be a rather rambling and exasperating tour of case study after case study, with the odd inspiring quote or anecdotal story thrown in along the way. Cuddy focuses on highlighting, again and again, that body posturing influences state of mind.
Sadly, she only dedicates one chapter (of just ten minutes!) to advice on HOW to implement these ideas in daily life, much of which she had already mentioned in her TED talk.
It's a great book, narration by the author is great, you can feel that she's really emotive and motivated by what she does, her research. I really enjoyed it and it makes you think about a whole lot of stuff. I recommend it.
Absolutely fabulous, you will find something or the other that will help youin the moments of self doubt that all of us invariably face
I loved this book from Amy Cuddy. It's more than a "self-development" book; don't get me wrong, she definitely instills hope and self belief in her readers to develop themselves! However, the book also details many recent research studies in an accessible way so that those with no psychological or research knowledge would be able to take away the key points, and use them to their advantage.
As well as detailing scientific research, this book also offers practical strategies that you can carry out then and there to increase confidence and self belief. The book includes many inspiring stories of those that have used these body language techniques with great benefit; from those with every day work stresses to complex life struggles.
Amy's tone of reading of this book shows her to be warm and down to earth; you can really sense that she cares about the stories she has heard. She has a clear passion for her field and this really shines through her writings
I would definitely recommend this book; whether you're happy and comfortable or struggling with something life changing, everyone can benefit from a little nudge! And this is the perfect book to do it.
"What you have been looking for"
A book that must be used as a self- development tool. You will be the student that Amy believes in. She will guide you, your belief in You will increase. A realisation will transform itself into- hey you are the One- be present in your life- live it your not a tourist- this is your life!
Amy whole heartily instills in You-be in Presence- only then can you be the True You- you are born free- become free and enjoy the moment- the moment we call life.
Waited for months for this book. Loved every minute of it. Listening to it for the 3rd time
"Not as Good as the TED TALK"
I bought this as I had heard Amy's TED TALK and the great reviews on this book.
Overall this book is interesting and about how presence, posing and breathing can have a tremendous outcome on how we feel. Not to be a spoiler, but I learnt that yoga is extremely good for post traumatic stress disorder. This something I did not know.
It was good but a little too long for me, some parts of the book were about endless bits of research. I understand that as a social scientist, you have to explain all the controls etc, but a shorter summary would have been enough for me.
If you do not feel that you have time for the book, start with the TED TALK.
"wonderful. If you liked the TED, you'll love this"
I think this book is a mirror being held up to each individual. I see myself when I hold back and I see others who do that also. It gives great insight into why and how snap judgements are made of people (and how you can adjust) and why its important, particularly insightful for business/work. Everything Amy refers to is backed up by evidence, it may have come from a gut feeling, but researched and clarified. Amy shares her story and like TED you sense her vulnerability and love her all the more for bringing her authentic self.
Amy shares her story and like TED you sense her vulnerability and love her all the more for bringing her authentic self.
"Superb Audio Book."
I haven't read the print version but this is one of the rare audio books that I will buy in print as well.
It's non fiction. Amy Cuddy narrates it herself and delivers very well. She has a good voice that shows her emotion. You can tell when she is amused, genuinely moved or excited.
Amy tells her own story of traumatic brain Injury without a trace of self pity. Her insights into human behaviour are told in a way that we can all relate to.
"Little more than the (great) Ted talk"
I'm a big Amy Cuddy fan and love listening to her talk but to be honest if you have listened to her Ted talk (which I am sure almost all readers will have) then you probably won't learn any other practical tools. Most of the book is spent discussing the importance of presence so I was eager to learn how to achieve it but it turns out the way to do it is power posing etc as per the Ted talk. I guess it's good that she's consistent in her teachings but I just don't think it warrants buying the book.
"Worth listening to if a tad stretched out"
Some good learning in the book. It provides the evidence base for the YouTube video. Could be a little shorter. If you don't have a massive interest in the psychology behind the power pose watching the YouTube video twice should do you.
"Excellent, compassionate book"
A compassionate book using scientific knowledge, which can be applied in profoundly life changing ways. Along with the neuroscience are stories about how individuals have gone onto significantly change their lives. The suggestions given encourages the reader to participate in 'power posing'. Read it, try it – the stuff really works!
The anecdotes were not as good as they should but the presentation was well arranged and the information is practical and useful. Worth a read.
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