Drop In: Lead With Deeper Presence and Courage by Sara Harvey Yao. Berkeley: She Writes Press, 2016. 184 pp. *****
Yao has written a simple, yet effective, method for becoming present. Classified as a business book, it reads more as a life plan for navigating the complexities of life and work. Seldom has a book so resonated with me. I like to read self-help books and eagerly began this one. By asking oneself a few questions at any given time will remind you "the essence of you and your reactions are two very different things." For anyone who suffers daily anxiety, this premise can be life changing. Her chapter "Accessing Your Connected Heart," discusses the power of listening and the four levels of listening. This chapter alone makes the purchase worthwhile. To fully listen and accept that the person speaking "was already whole, capable, and resourceful," is a lesson for all aspects of life. There were many aha moments and the marking of passages to return to and reflect on. Full of practical tools applicable for all aspects of communicating with others, both at home and at work. I recommend this book; buy one for you and one for a friend.
I received a copy for a review.
Sara Harvey Yao is a leadership consultant and coach who specializes in helping people lead from a state of presence by accessing the wisdom of their head, heart, and gut. She has developed and trained thousands of leaders across the globe, and her work is favored by leaders at companies such as Microsoft =, Smuckers and Brooks Athletics. Whether working one-on-one, as a facilitator, or presenting in front of large audiences, she is committed to guiding people to their innate clarity and presence. Sara is also the author of Get Present: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Head and Lead More Powerfully.