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Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk has attracted more than 38 million viewers and her book is a New York Times bestseller. She makes a simple, powerful argument: your body language drives stress, anxiety, confidence, poise and intelligence. Her thoroughly researched, if somewhat repetitive, treatise on the power of body over mind will have you practicing your breathing, posing in expansive ways and sitting up straight. Cuddy explains the science behind presence and how you can use it to perform in challenging situations. getAbstract finds that Cuddy’s insights could benefit almost every reader.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why presence matters; and
  • How to “nudge” your body and mind to greater personal power, more presence and better outcomes.

About the Author

Amy Cuddy earned her PhD at Harvard Business School where she now teaches. Her TED Talk on body language and presence has had more than 38 million views.



What Is Presence?
Consider this review of a performance by dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov: “Between Baryshnikov and the music? ‘He was able to connect us to…everything! He built a bridge to the heavens…absolute mastery of being in the present’.” You know and feel such presence, and you recognize...

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