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The Impact of Presence

August 22, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the type of presence Amy Cuddy refers to in her book. I’m solidly an introvert. If I had my way, I would spend 85% of my time in solitude or with my partner (who also likes solitude), 14% of my time one on one with people I feel kinship with, and 1% of my time meeting new people.

And yet, my life is full of meeting new people. Every day I have at least one conversation in which I’m representing our company to someone I’ve never met (and trying to do it well).

from the letter I wrote to our email list today <3


I’m a student and teacher of people-first growth. Having spent the major part of the last two decades building weird businesses that tried to be good for humans, I'm now working privately on a few experimental projects and cultivating this little digital space of mine.

If you're new here, I'm working on my second book, People-First Growth (slowly, slowly said the sloth), and I’m sharing what I learn in my newsletter. If you geek out on digital gardening, I share mine publicly on Roam. You can say hi on Twitter or by email.

You can also read my first book, Gather the People, originally released in 2015 and updated in 2020 (what a year for a book release). It's a human approach to marketing for people who would rather make what they love than persuade people to buy it. If that's you, I hope it helps.