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Presence by Amy Cuddy

“A confident person - knowing and believing in her identity - carries tools, not weapons.”

When I walk into a room, you probably won’t notice. I like to remain quiet and unassuming. I know when to step up but I believe strength must be used sparingly to stay potent.

I picked up Presence after reading the recommendation from Susan Cain, who wrote Quiet which is one of my favorite books of all time. I found this book to be interesting but not impactful. I liked hearing about Cuddy’s research but after a while it got boring. Most of the research she shares are quick lab experiments with people. These lab experiments definitely hold value but I wanted to something deeper, meaning I was left unconvinced on some things. Presence is an important thing but I definitely think it is only a fraction of the reality.

I don’t know if I would recommend this book or not. I am kind of on the fence about it. I’m glad I read it.