There’s a lot of hype these days about the Power of “Presence”. Professional Presence involves your intentionality, your emotional intelligence, and your communication prowess. It is a deep awareness of self, others, and what is happening in the corporate environment. It is a combination of style, substance, and character.
People often describe a leader with executive presence as having a “vibe”… poised, self assured, open and humble, yet appropriately assertive, gracious, compassionate to a large degree, and flexible. She exudes control and polish, showing up as poised under pressure and deliberate, with purposeful body language. She is that rare combination of savvy yet approachable. How does one develop these attributes in our frenetic-paced work environments?
Executive presence training will “upack” the three elements of style, substance, and character, with practical and ready-to-use strategies. You’ll have just what you need to show up as you intend.
Ever wonder why some people get promoted over others despite the same level of work, preparation, or intelligence? The reason often lies in something we call “executive presence.” It’s what helps you stand out in a crowded field of other top performers, and it accounts for more than 25% of what it takes to be promoted into leadership positions or get that next prime assignment. Our Director of Public Speaking and Professional Presence, Alexandra Rufatto-Perry, was featured on the Martech interview series to speak about executive presence and why it’s important for marketing professionals. Alexandra and her CEO, Ellen Dunnigan, work as professional communications coaches with executives in a variety of industries to help them say what it is that they need or want to say, while looking and feeling their confident and influential best. Want to find out more about executive presence and why it matters? Here’s what you’ll […]Posted by Ellen
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Ever wondered why some people get chosen or promoted over others despite the same level of work, preparation, or intelligence? According to Deborah Gruenfeld of Stanford University, people make judgements about our competence within milliseconds. How do you prove yourself as competent and professional in that sliver of time? It turns out there’s much you can control in how people experience you, even as you pass them in a hallway or stand in line for coffee. Scores of scientific studies have consistently pointed to three elements of “Executive Presence.” 3 Core Elements of Executive Presence In short, Executive Presence hinges on three factors: Style, Substance and Character, accounting for more than 25% of the likelihood you’ll secure a prime assignment or leadership position. Style: Includes how you look, how you carry yourself, how you sit at the table, your gestures, movement, and how you sound; in essence how you say […]Posted by Ellen
Negotiation is how we form partnerships and strategically place ourselves and our businesses in the right direction for growth and success. Because negotiation skills are important in every aspect of business, Accent On Business has a few tips on how to effectively communicate and negotiate with potential partners, clients, and colleagues while improving your executive presence.Posted by Ellen
Recently, the CEO of an IT company approached one of his disgruntled customers with a simple message: “I know you’re unhappy with our customer service over the past few months. I imagine you’ve developed some rather negative beliefs about us and I’m here to find out exactly what those beliefs are, so we can change them.” After the surprised customer delivered a detailed description of her beliefs and the experiences that had created them, the CEO surprised her again by saying, “These are not beliefs we want you to hold, so we’re going to create a whole new set of experiences for you—experiences that will lead to brand new beliefs about us.” For the next several minutes the CEO discussed the new experiences that he and his organization were going to create in a determined effort to change the customer’s beliefs. For example, they would acknowledge the customer’s request for […]Posted by Ellen
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The fear of speaking in front of 5 or 500 people is shared by virtually everyone and cuts across all professions, social classes and leadership levels. There are lots of reasons why this fear wells up and seems to choke our confidence and vocal chords. But this blog post isn’t about the problem – it’s about the solution!Posted by Ellen
Can you recall your last really good conversation? I mean the type of conversation in which you and your communication partner truly shared the engagement. Perhaps you believed the same things, agreed on specific issues, laughed at the same points, and were both astonished by the same topics. You both really seemed to enjoy each others company.Posted by Ellen
“Ladies and gentlemen, I must apologize up front if my speech seems unprepared or disjointed. I have been traveling abroad most of this month and have had little time to plan for this speech. None the less, I hope you will find some nuggets of gold in my disjointed thoughts.”Posted by Ellen