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Serving the Business and Professional
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N. Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D.
Coaching Corner: Special Announcement
July 8, 2014 Executive Presence: Earning Your Seat at the Table
Executive Presence: What is it? Do
you have it? If not, how do you get it? Somehow we all know it when we see it,
but how do you truly define it? Actor/Trainer/Coach Greg Ward's definition for
executive presence is ". . . being perceived as having the internal confidence
and external skills to influence others to take a desired action."
As most of you know, my niche is
C-Suite and other senior leaders. As such, I rarely find that top leaders lack
external technical/business skills. If there is an issue, more often than not,
they lack the internal confidence and accompanying skill set for the subtleties
required to project the gravitas of an influential leader. My experience
suggests that other leaders may suffer similarly.
Whether you are an HR leader or from
another business discipline, you typically have all the technical/business
skills to help your senior team or board of directors identify critical
initiatives. However, you may often struggle with effectively influencing them
to invest in recommended actions. You may have difficulty fully articulating the
organizational impact of the project to gain the requisite support, approval, or
funding. Why? Perhaps you lack executive presence. If you want to elevate your
leadership role to one who shapes organizational strategy, executive presence is
a critical competency.
My new presentation assumes you have
the essential skills to conduct a solid analysis and generate viable
alternatives. Thus, the focus of this highly interactive session will be how to
develop and improve executive presence by offering a variety of strategies to
effectively get the senior team and/or your board of directors to embrace your
ideas. Known for my practical advice and tips grounded in solid neuroscience
research, I'll will provide you with tactics you can implement immediately. By
the end of the session you'll learn:
The Three main attributes of
executive presence and how to acquire them
Why personal branding is critical
to your career success
Why managing stress is an
imperative skill-building technique
What types of posture,
positioning, and poses are essential to conveying influence
How to apply a simple Harvard
research technique that reduces stress and increases your feelings of power to
help you prepare for an important meeting or presentation
Why less is more during executive
How tone of voice, pace, and
inflection impact your ability to influence others
Why "dressing for success" is a
legitimate game changer
This program can be brought to your professional association or your business
organization as a 75-minute keynote or expanded into a three-hour workshop. I'm
excited to announce that I'm currently booked in September for the Sacramento
Area HR Association's annual conference (audience of 300) and the local
Stockton, CA SHRM chapter. I'd love to bring this presentation to your group or
company, starting this fall, so please contact me for 760.598.8888
in August, I'll be releasing a series of nine blogs on various aspects of
executive presence. As with other Coaching Corner inserts, they'll take around
3 minutes to read and will be packed with useful information. Stay tuned!
For additional one to two-minute sessions on other topics, go to the
Coaching Corner Archive.