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Amy Cuddy

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Where does presence come from

Presence stems from believing in and trusting yourself— your real, honest feelings, values, and abilities.


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Self Sabotage

We probably were worrying what others would think of us, but believing we already knew what they thought; feeling powerless, and also consenting to that feeling; clinging to the outcome and attributing far too much importance to it instead of focusing on the process. These worries coalesce into a toxic cocktail of self- defeat. That’s how we got there.


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Leaving without Regret, Doing your best

Next time you’re faced with one of these tense moments, imagine approaching it with confidence and excitement instead of doubt and dread. Imagine feeling energized and at ease while you’re there, liberated from your fears about how others might be judging you. And imagine leaving it without regret, satisfied that you did your best, regardless of the measurable outcome.


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Exiting robotic mode

When we’re feeling brave and confident, our vocal pitch and amplitude are significantly more varied, allowing us to sound expressive and relaxed. When we fearfully hold back— activating the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response— our vocal cords and diaphragms constrict, strangling our genuine enthusiasm. If you’ve ever had to sing through stage fright, you’ll know this feeling: the muscles that produce sound seize, causing your voice to come out thin and tight— nothing like what you are imagining in your head.


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Being Comfortable is the key

Presence, as I mean it throughout these pages, is the state of being attuned to and able to comfortably express our true thoughts, feelings, values, and potential.


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You are enough

Presence is confidence without arrogance.— Rohan, Australia

Presence stems from believing and trusting your story— your feelings, beliefs, values, and abilities.


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Bringing out my true ability

Presence isn’t about pretending to be competent; it’s about believing in and revealing the abilities you truly have. It’s about shedding whatever is blocking you from expressing who you are. It’s about tricking yourself into accepting that you are indeed capable.


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Don't be a roadblock for yourself

Sometimes you have to get out of the way of yourself so you can be yourself.


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Don't seek validation from others for your self worth

Focus less on the impression you’re making on others and more on the impression you’re making on yourself.


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Confidence without Arrogance

Presence manifests as confidence without arrogance.


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When your body and mind are in tune

The Synchronous Self Presence is when all your senses agree on one thing at the same time.— Majid, United Arab Emirates


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Self Improvement is one aspect of development. However we also owe to ourselves, doing justice to the gifts and skills that we already possess. This book gives ideas on being Present and fully expressing ourselves without any self doubt.

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