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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 listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Amy Cuddy is the high priestess of self-confidence for the self-doubting. In PRESENCE, she uses her warmth, empathy, and laser-sharp intelligence to decode the mysteries of presence under social pressure. A must-read for--well, for everyone. Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and author of the New York Times bestseller QUIET
  • “This book is a game-changer!”

    Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author

  • With advice that is both practical and profound, Amy Cuddy shows how to summon your true and best self when doing so matters most. Emotions are contagious. If you personify poise and optimism yourself, you enhance the odds that they will respond in kind. Michael Wheeler, Harvard Business School, author of The Art of Negotiation
  • “A captivating, charming read.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Cuddy…uses her warmth, empathy, and laser-sharp intelligence to decode the mysteries of presence under social pressure.”

    Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] transformative self-help tome.”

    AARP, the Magazine

  • “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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “People with presence, Cuddy says, are more likely to succeed in every aspect of life, whether it’s landing a job, making a sale or speaking in front of an audience. So jump-start the new year by making small tweaks in your stance that can lead to big changes in your self-confidence.”


  • “A thorough discussion of the concept of presence, meaning a confident physical presentation that adds to mental confidence…Personal narratives throughout the book support the author’s ideas.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for December 2015
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2016
  • An AARP Magazine Editors’ Pick
  • A Forbes Magazine Pick of 15 Best Business Books of 2015
  • A 2015 Washington Post Top 10 Book of Leadership Books
  • An Audible.com Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Losa | 7/30/2016

    " Great book!!!! "

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