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Becoming present

Two for You — take two minutes to live and lead with intention

Episode 3.2

Do you find it hard to center yourself so you can be present and truly “there”? Being present takes intentionality and is a moment to moment experience, so here is a simple practice to help you become more present in your leadership and daily life.


  • Want to dig deeper into presence? Check out Amy Cuddy’s book, Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges. Find it at your favorite bookseller.
  • If you’d like to try a longer meditation to improve your presence, here is one to enjoy: Guided Meditation - 'Presence' (10 minutes to become present today).
  • One more book to check out, Presence: An exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society by Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworkshi and Betty Sue Flowers.


Note: Two for You written transcripts are generated using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain errors. Please check the corresponding audio before referencing content in print.

[Lori] Hello, and welcome to Two for You. I don't know about you but we find ourselves connecting virtually, like we are right now, more and more often. And this month, we're going to talk to you about how you can become present, even across this distance.

[Denise] Amy Cuddy, psychologist and author, writes that being present is a moment to moment phenomenon. Which I think is key for us to recognize, especially as leaders, and being present also is that sense of being tuned in to your emotions and your thoughts, and your potential. And being able to express them and keep yourself open to what's next.

[Lori] So I'm going to invite you to be open to what's next as we practice a brief meditation that's called, "I am here." It's a series of three breaths or more if you want to, where as you breathe in, you say, "I am", and when you exhale, you say, "here." So when you're ready, close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Settle in. And we'll start. I am. Here. I am. Here. I am. Here. And we find that when we do this, maybe before a call, or do it silently during a call, it really helps to connect in the environment that we're in. So we challenge you in this next month, in your personal lives, work, volunteer lives, and especially as leaders, that you take the time to make yourself present, so you can live and lead with intention. 



Authors: Lori Rothstein and Denise Stromme, former Extension educators

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