Presence is the unique and distinctive impression that you carry with you and speaks volumes about your confidence, credibility and determines your ability to influence. Your presence stirs an emotional response in others.
It is the energy you bring when you enter a room, and determines how people will respond, or not.
We each have presence. It is the collective interpretation by others about who you are, what you have to offer, how viable your ideas are, and whether you are worthy of their full attention. It’s your credibility factor and your
likability, having power over the positions you get, your rewards, and the quality of your relationships. It determines whether you get heard and whether you can influence colleagues, decision-makers and direct reports. It is the thing that makes people listen to you, take you seriously, and want to hear more from you.
Your unique presence is the sum of:
- how you think about yourself, your abilities, your environment and your potential
- the power and viability of your ideas combined with the quantification of your contribution
- your emotional and social intelligence,
- confidence in the value you bring
- even appropriateness
You must tap yours to reach your highest professional goals. To gain influence, make an impact and experience continual career advancement and satisfaction you must intentionally develop an executive presence.
Developing Your Executive Presence
You should think of you executive presence as your career equity. It is something you develop and evolve into over time. Left to chance, your career must rely on unmanaged and potentially unintended perception. Manage your executive presence, your confidence, credibility, and ability influence.
At the heart of executive presence, is having a clear understanding of how you add value, your values, your ability to connect with others, a desire to contribute and knowledge of your environment. To develop yours, you must have an understanding of the needs and priorities of others.
START TODAY – Communicate to be remembered
Yes executive presence is developed over time and encompasses many qualities. Today is a good day to begin to be deliberate about developing an executive presence to influence. Start with memorable communication:
- Ask provocative, illuminating questions in meetings, about strategic initiatives
- Spark dialogue and exchange to stimulate a new way of thinking or working
- Share fresh and timely opinions
- Prepare and practice your contributions to ensure clarity and project confidence
- Communicate to add value
Contribute in a way that people will remember what you say, consider your insight and opinions and want to hear more from you.
Your communication should be candid, with clarity, demonstrating emotional and social intelligence, and an open mind even when the discussion becomes serious. Contribute with confidence, but void of hubris and with sincerity and thoughtfulness. Your countenance should demonstrate a willingness to listen and consider input of others.
Hone your communication skills and unique style so that your contributions are not only memorable and valuable, but that encourages others to trust you, to seek your opinion and even your approval, and that they value both when they get them.
These are just a few quick tips, and attributes you should develop on your way to an executive presence that gets you noticed and gets you ahead.
Why you must intentionally develop your presence
Your unique, authentic executive presence is the difference between a dynamic career and a stalled career. During this time of unlimited opportunity career satisfaction is attainable for those who have confidence about their ability to add value and make an impact, and who have developed an executive presence that influences. Look around at the people you already recognize as having a career on steroids; and you’ll see them blazing trails, getting noticed and getting ahead. They have discovered how to develop their unique and authentic presence and have captured the attention of those who can help them drive their career forward, and so should you.
Commit to intentionally develop an executive presence and increase your career equity, attract the attention of decision-makers, get your ideas heard and make an impact.
Honing your communication style is only one piece of the puzzle. Discover fresh insight to help you develop your presence over the next 3 days. It will take you only a minute or two to digest and contain specific actions you can implement immediately to get noticed and get ahead. By the end of the third day you will walk taller in your confidence and draw more attention. I’ll share with you tips that allowed me to influence physicians, senior executives whose door was always open to me, colleagues who did not want me to invade their turf and even direct reports who were determined to contribute the minimum. Executive Presence – Your Career Equity 3 Day, get them here.