Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
by Amy Cuddy | Little Brown © 2015 · 344 pages

Amy Cuddy is awesome. Her TED talk is the 2nd most popular ever. This book is just as good. Learn the science of cultivating your personal power to bring your boldest self to your biggest challenges. Big Ideas we explore: self-affirmation theory, priming + nudges, the magic of expanding your body to increase your power, iHunch (how’s yours?), and the boldest you.

But if power reveals, then we can only know the truly powerful, because they are bold enough to show who they are without subterfuge and without apology. They have the courage and the confidence to open themselves to the gaze of others. In that way, the path to personal power is also the path to presence. It’s how we, and others, discover and set free who we truly are.
Amy Cuddy

“The opposite of powerlessness must be power, right? In a sense, that’s true, but it’s not quite that simple. The research I’ve been doing for years now joins a large body of inquiry into a quality I call presence. Presence stems from believing in and trusting yourself—your real, honest feelings, values, and abilities. That’s important, because if you don’t trust yourself, how can others trust you? Whether we are talking in front of two people or five thousand, interviewing for a job, negotiating for a raise, or pitching a business idea to potential investors, speaking up for ourselves or speaking up for someone else, we all face daunting moments that must be met with poise if we want to feel good about ourselves and make progress in our lives. Presence gives us the power to rise to these moments.”

~ Amy Cuddy from Presence

Amy Cuddy is awesome.

Her TED talk on “Your Body Shapes Who You Are” is the second-most-watched TED talk in history. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out.

(#2 = Sir Ken Robinson’s on Creativity. Check that out + Note on The Element!)

This book is *really* *really* good.

It’s packed with a ton of fascinating research studies proving the power of creating presence via mind and body practices along with some uber-inspiring stories of people who have put the wisdom to use and changed their lives in the process.

It’s also one of those books you read and say to yourself, “This author is a really good person.”

All of which is a fantastic combo. I HIGHLY recommend it. (Get a copy here.)

I’m excited to explore some of my favorite Big Ideas and help you apply them to your life NOW so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author


Amy Cuddy

A social psychologist, speaker and author of the bestselling book Presence.