• by Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by Amy Cuddy
  • 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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 )
"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 best seller Quiet)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Matter over Mind!

Excellent book on how to overcome challenges by using the body to lead the mind. Small nudges in behavior to quiet that negative voice in our minds that paralyses us. I highly recommend this book. (Tip: listen to audio books at speed 1.25 to 1.50 and finish the material at a faster pace.)
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- Amazon Customer

Not what I expected

I was hoping the book would outline new concepts for developing presence. The book primarily focused on different stories to show how each individual discussed had presence. It wasn't as inspirational as I hoped. If you have zero previous exposure to concepts related to self-confidence and self-control, you may find this book helpful.
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- Jeremy Truax

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio