Amy Cuddy


In Circulation

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.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Power Poses: Cuddy introduces the concept of power poses, which are expansive, open body postures that can increase feelings of confidence and dominance. By adopting power poses, individuals can positively influence their mindset and behavior.

  2. Body Language and Behavior: The book emphasizes the link between body language and behavior, suggesting that nonverbal cues not only reflect internal states but also shape them. By adopting confident body language, individuals can influence their own thoughts and emotions.

  3. Presence vs. Performance: Cuddy distinguishes between presence and performance, suggesting that while performance focuses on achieving specific outcomes, presence is about being attuned to and fully engaged in the present moment, regardless of the situation.

  4. Authenticity: Presence is closely associated with authenticity, as individuals who are authentic project confidence and credibility. Cuddy encourages readers to embrace their true selves and express their values and beliefs authentically.

  5. Mind-Body Connection: The book explores the mind-body connection and how physical actions can influence psychological states. By changing their body language, individuals can alter their mental and emotional state, leading to increased confidence and presence.

  6. Expanding Comfort Zones: Cuddy encourages readers to step out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges. By taking risks and facing fears, individuals can expand their comfort zones and develop greater resilience and confidence.

  7. Self-Compassion: Presence involves cultivating self-compassion and self-acceptance. Cuddy emphasizes the importance of treating oneself with kindness and understanding, especially in moments of failure or setback.

  8. Power of Visualization: The book discusses the power of visualization as a tool for enhancing presence and performance. By mentally rehearsing success and envisioning positive outcomes, individuals can boost their confidence and performance.

  9. Connection and Empathy: Presence is also about fostering genuine connections with others and demonstrating empathy and understanding. Cuddy encourages readers to listen actively, show empathy, and build rapport with others.

  10. Lifelong Journey: Finally, Cuddy highlights that presence is a lifelong journey that requires ongoing practice and self-awareness. By continuously working on personal growth and development, individuals can cultivate a strong sense of presence and resilience in the face of challenges.

Language English
ISBN-10 1409156028
ISBN-13 9781409156024
No of pages 353
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Orion
Published Date 12 Feb 2016

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Author : Amy Cuddy


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