Presence: Dr. Amy Cuddy

Posted By Linda Tucker on Jul 4, 2016 |

In 2012, Harvard Business School professor and social psychologist Amy Cuddy graced the Ted Talk stage to discuss how body language shapes our opinion of ourselves as well as our behavior. Her message resounded with nearly 34 million people, and her world famous talk has become the second-most viewed talk in TED’s history.

Amy expounds upon her Ted Talk in her new bestselling book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. Amy’s research explains how we can practice being present to ourselves as well as in our social interactions, which ultimately leads to a more fulfilling life.

Rather than trying to protect and manage how we are perceived, Amy advocates that we tap into our vulnerability by pushing through our fear and letting ourselves be seen for who we are. While it might seem easier in the moment to shrink back and hide; if we do, we ultimately miss out on the deep sense of connection and satisfaction that comes from being known. We hope you will join us to hear how Amy’s story show us that:

  • Minding the way that you hold your body helps control the messages that your body is sending to your mind.
  • When we show power, we expand. When we feel shame, we contract.
  • Fearlessness is an impossible standard.
  • Being present means you’re comfortable enough to be open to what is actually happening in every situation as opposed to what you fear might be happening.

Show Notes