How To!

How To Speak Up So Others Listen

Amy Cuddy on stepping outside your comfort zone without changing who you are.


Episode Notes

If you were to pop by Mary Ann’s Ph.D. discussion group, you’d most likely find her quietly, but intently, listening to the debate going on around her. But when it comes time to actually throw in her two cents, she comes up short. She feels nervous. Her mind goes blank. And she leaves the session feeling frustrated that she didn’t voice her thoughts. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Amy Cuddy, author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenge. Amy has done a great deal of research on how to carve out your own space—physically and mentally—and has some practical tips to help Mary Ann, and all of us, speak with more confidence.

If you liked this episode, check out “How To Give a Killer Speech.”

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Podcast production by Derek John, Rosemary Belson and Katie Shepherd.


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