• 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

Oh please don't ding me on this one Karma

What did you like about this audiobook?

Honestly not much.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?


Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Not at all. Actually the presentation became annoying.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I think she sounded to young to be taken seriously. I believe she should have hired a pro narrator who sounded more mature.

Do you have any additional comments?

I do not intentionally mean to discredit the authors work. I am sure she worked hard at what she had completed and is proud of that as she should be. Many will never accomplish such a feat.

I am just expressing my view to give equal and fair review for others who may be interested in giving this book a listen.

I was swayed to obtain this audio mainly due to the prior reviews of this book being a life changing listen. Well I did not find it to be even close.

The entirety of the book is just quotes, stories, study after study and experiment reports, all of which are common sense with catchy headlines (eg. No Brain No Pain - in this study we find out how putting your finger in a fire causes pain).

This is in no way considered to be a self help book as the title suggests due to the fact that there is no information given to the listener on what to do. All the listener gets to do is listen to a story, study or results from a experiment but no instruction on how to overcome the issue being talked about.

If you want to spend well worth time on a story where someone fails watch the movie "Falling Down". If you want to spend well worth time on a movie where someone succeeds watch the movie "In Pursuit of Happiness"

I honestly got tired, frustrated and somewhat angered halfway through the book constantly hearing "In this study", but I stuck it out to the end hoping it would change, it did not.

Kindly saying, the author seems to me to be no more than a researcher who put all of her finding in one book but the author herself does not seem to have any ability to lend the listener a way to overcome obstacles. I do not know of the author nor do I care to find out. I just know I invested my time in expectancy of getting much more out of my investment of time than I did.
The book does not show me any ability or talent that the author might have other than being educated in compiling others peoples work and creating a book out of it. Sorry but I am being honest.

I am giving an overall 1 star due to I did not like the material and I feel the title is deceiving.

The material is also somewhat insulting to the listener, like nobody has not heard such common sense material a million times before and you do not even need to have heard it before, It is just common sense.

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- Gadget Man

Book Details

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