Good Awkward: How to Embrace the Embarrassing and Celebrate the Cringe to Become the Bravest You


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Ideapress Publishing
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6.0 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Henna Pryor, PCC is a highly sought after Workplace Performance Expert and an award-winning 2x TEDx and global keynote speaker, virtual presenter, team facilitator, and professional executive coach. She's known for her science-backed approach to improving the performance, habits, and actions of hungry high achievers - in her fun, no-nonsense, no-jargon way - to move them from their first level of success to their next one. She's a repeat favorite of a variety of global organizations including Google, Workday, FIS Global, and Johnson & Johnson. She has also been featured in articles for media including Forbes, Real Simple, Fast Company, and more. As someone who has pivoted her career twice and will try almost anything once, Henna shares her work from the stage and screen as CEO of Pryority Group - a fast-growing performance growth firm - to expand on her belief that the key to most people's success is embracing the bumpy edges in order to be braver in the work that we do.She graduated with her BS from University of Delaware, MS from University of Virginia, and received her Executive Coaching Certification from American University. She grew up in Newark, Delaware and currently lives with her husband, two kids, and puppy in Chester County, PA.


"Consulting a wide array of works, from self-help books to psychological and anthropological studies, Pryor outlines the ubiquitous nature of awkwardness in modern society . . . For many readers accustomed to the relentless cool-scrutiny of our online world, Pryor's warm, intelligent reassurances will be much appreciated." --KIRKUS REVIEW (starred review)"I feel seen! In Good Awkward, Pryor puts her finger on
something most of us are afraid to admit--we don't always know the right thing
to say, our attempts at small talk fall flat, we get shot down when we venture
into new territory. I found myself nodding along to the many relatable examples
of how we stifle ourselves because we are afraid of being anything but the
polished professionals we want the world to see. But Pryor explores how
embracing our inner awkwardness can actually help us perform better at work--and
in life. When we free ourselves from the fear of looking less than perfect, we
realize that our awkwardness can be a superpower. Highly recommended!"

--KAREN DILLON, Former Editor of Harvard Business Review and
New York Times bestselling coauthor of How Will You Measure Your Life?

"Smart, witty, and full of fresh insights--Henna takes us on
a ride of rediscovering an emotion that we all feel, but rarely give the
attention it deserves. Great leaders in the modern era need to embrace their
awkward to build communities and make meaningful contributions. Thankfully,
Good Awkward is here to show us how to do it."

--LINDSAY KAPLAN, Cofounder and Chief Brand Officer, Chief

"Good Awkward is a revolutionary and game-changing book. If
you get stuck because you worry about saying the wrong thing or the thought of
sitting through an awkward silence is unbearable, this book (and Henna Pryor)
will change your life."

--MICHAEL PORT, New York Times and WSJ bestselling author of Steal the

"If mental blocks around awkwardness have kept you from
taking the next right step in your career and life, you need to read Good
. Henna Pryor combines insightful research and a playful writing style
to bring a fresh perspective to taking the professional risks we all need to
take to succeed--in work and in life."

--RUSSELL WILSON, American NFL Quarterback, Denver Broncos

"Henna Pryor manages to hit all the high notes--smart AND
relatable, authoritative AND self-deprecating, vulnerable AND expert. When a
book on 'success' is both thought-provoking AND laugh-out-loud funny, well,
that's pretty special. And bonus points for the vivid visual descriptions of
her own awkward experiences. Given all but a rare few of us secretly harbor
some feelings of awkwardness, my wish is that everyone read this gem of a
book--and then relax a little bit, worrying less about how others see us and
more about showing up as our awkward, real selves."

--KAREN WRIGHT, Master Coach and CEO of Parachute Executive

"Whip-smart. Funny. Insightful. Inspirational. If
awkwardness has held you back and you'd rather use it as an advantage at work
and in life, READ THIS BOOK!"

--JOANNA LOHMAN, Former US Women's National Soccer Team
Player and Mental Performance Coach

"Success requires courage. But how do you overcome the
awkwardness that often comes with taking risks, facing challenges, and stepping
out of your comfort zone? In her brilliant book, Henna Pryor offers a practical
and playful guide to becoming the bravest you. Timely and refreshing, Good
helps you turn your kryptonite into a superpower!"

--SANYIN SIANG, Duke University Professor and CEO Coach and

"Being human inevitably means being awkward. Thankfully,
Henna Pryor has given us a highly entertaining and substantive guide to why
that's important, both personally and professionally. You'll learn how to turn
even the worst awkward moments into the best parts of what makes you who you

--TAMSEN WEBSTER, Author and Message Designer

"Good Awkward reassures us that awkwardness is normal and
provides a path through the cringe to the connections, contributions, and
conquests that lie on the other side."

--LIANE DAVEY, Organizational Psychologist and author of The
Good Fight

"Humorous, insightful, and practical! Henna gives us
permission, as well as an instructional guide, to change mindsets and create
better interactions."

--FOTINI ICONOMOPOULOS, Speaker and author of Say Less, Get