Alternatively, the very times we want to be honest and demanding can make us feel weak and helpless. So many, with fear, we tackle our life’s greatest challenges, conduct them with anxiety, and abandon them with regret. We will gain presence by entering our personal energy, the condition in which we avoid thinking about the impression we made on others and then change the impression we made on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddys explains in the groundbreaking novel, we don’t have to embark on a great religious journey and complete an internal transition to unleash the energy of the present. Rather, we have to nudge ourselves moment by moment in our everyday lives by changing our body language, actions, and mind-set. Since her TED Talk in energy positions, Amy Cuddy has galvanized hundreds of millions of audiences around the world. Now she introduces the interesting research that underlies these and many other fascinating body-mind influences and shows us how to use basic strategies in high-pressure situations to free ourselves from anxiety, function at our best, and communicate and inspire us to do the same. Brilliantly written, enthusiastic and open, Presence is packed with tales about people who have learned how to succeed during the difficult times that once frightened them. Each reader should learn how to tackle their biggest obstacles with trust rather than dread, and leave them with joy rather than disappointment.