Friday, October 20, 2017

The Friday 56 (117) & Book Beginnings: Presence by Amy Cuddy

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
25066556Synopsis from Goodreads...

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 reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret...
Beginnings: "I'm sitting at the counter in my favorite Boston bookstore cafe, laptop open, writing."

56: "I am a lover of live music. I'm not willing to disclose the number of hours I've spent at concerts--from the tiniest bars to the biggest stadiums, from the most obscure indie bands to rock legends--but it's a lot."
Comments: Presence  by Amy Cuddy is another one of the books I checked out from the library. It's also my latest nonfiction read. Overall, the book presented some interesting ideas.

What are you reading this week? 

26 comments:

  1. For sure I have wanted a do over...way more than one time. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  2. This one does look tempting. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  3. Sounds interesting. The beginning with the mention of a bookshop cafe grabbed me. Happy weekend!

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    1. That's the same reaction I had to the beginning. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I have to spend three hours in a bookstore today while I wait for my husband who will be attending a meeting. I can relate to the opening line. My quotes are from Turtles All the Way Down

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  5. I've been wanting to read the Cuddy book since it first came out. Somehow it fell off my radar, so thanks for reminding me of it.

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    1. It's been a long time since I first watched her Ted Talk. So, I was also in a similar situation. I just happened to see Presence at my local library. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This sounds like it could have some helpful information. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. It did give me a lot to think about. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. This sounds good and like some information I could definitely use! I need a bigger presence!

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  8. Sounds like an inspiring book! I hope that it is one that you find helpful. Thanks so much for sharing it. :)

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  9. I haven't heard of this book. Glad you found some interesting ideas with this one. Happy Friday!

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  10. Presence sounds like it might have some great ideas in it. It isn't my usual type of read, but I imagine I could learn quite a bit from it!

    Have a great week, Breana!

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    1. That's pretty much the exact same thought I had when I first heard of Presence. I am glad that I read it, because there were a lot of interesting things I picked up. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Sounds like it could be a good one! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  12. I almost never read self-help, but I can see how it could help some people

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