About Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
Author Amy Cuddy came to the world’s attention in 2012, when her TED Talk on body language garnered over 27 million views online. Cuddy is a social psychologist and teaches business administration at Harvard Business School. In her new book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Cuddy explains that presence “is the state of feeling connected with our own thoughts, values, abilities, and emotions, so that we can better connect with the thoughts, values, abilities, and emotions of others.”
Presence is a powerful guide that teaches us how to identify and work in harmony with our true selves in order to make a bigger impact on the world.
Why Cydcor Recommends This Book
We recommend this book because Cuddy encourages us to embrace our personal qualities and abilities and let them manifest in the world around us. Presence empowers the reader to become an authentic, yet commanding, force in the world. You will learn how to command respect from your colleagues and inspire them to do and be more. You will also discover how to release any anxiety when facing challenges, and gain clarity and poise.
Our Favorite Part
In this book, Cuddy teaches us to activate our presence and consciously inhabit our bodies through power posing. She cites tests between two different groups, and talks about the results of enacting two sets of poses. She mentions how after only two minutes, the group of posers assigned with physically expanding themselves showed elevated levels of testosterone. They also showed decreased levels of cortisol, which has been linked to increased levels of stress.
We particularly liked Cuddy’s reminder to pay attention to our presence and her warning not to take anything for granted:
“Taking control of your body language is not just about posing in a powerful way. It’s also about the fact that we pose in a powerless way much more often than we think—and we need to change that.”
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