Instaread Summary of Presence Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy
Three of five stars
As this summary makes clear, there is really nothing new in the book. The main theme is an emphasis on “presence,” that obvious but ill-defined projection of confidence and ability. A great deal of the emphasis is on body language, how the way you move as perceived by others.
I remembered reading about body language many years ago, so a search was conducted looking for books on body language that were published before 1980. The books ranged from books by academics to mass market paperbacks. Without question, the most interesting books were the ones about reading the tell poker players unknowingly project that their opponents exploit.
Having said that there is nothing new being reported in this summary, the next step is to ask questions about whether it matters. From this summary, the answer is that the key takeaways certainly tell you the value of having presence and confidence. Yet, simply telling someone the value of developing presence is not a yellow brick road to achieving it.
From this summary, it is clear that this is largely another self-esteem book. Anything in this classification is of little value to the people that already have presence and of little value to the people that have a significant shortage. After reading this summary, I came away convinced that only people in the middle have anything to gain from reading the entire book.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.