A recent “management tip of the day” post by Time Business caught my attention. A short post to say the least it offers a few golden nuggets of critical advice that I have been imparting to my own clients over the years. Rightfully titled, “Command Attention like an Executive” it talks about how executive presence is NOT an in-born quality but a certain set of behaviours that you can learn and put into practice over a period of time.
In my many years of experience, I’ve dealt with all sorts of clients. There are people who are social extroverts and have no problem starting a conversation and firing up a crowd. Then you have the executive introvert who can walk into a room and exert executive presence without even saying a word. And then you have everyone in between.
It doesn’t matter what your personality is like, once you know and learn how to exert executive presence you too can command attention and influence change.
Here are 3 tips offered by the Harvard Business Review and published by Time Business to help you develop your executive presence:
- Focus and relax. Calm is the foundation of presence. Use your breathing as an anchor that you return to when you get stressed or start to lose focus.
- Gain awareness. To change your behavior, you need to know how you are perceived. Pay attention to how people react to you and ask for candid feedback from those you trust.
- Practice with support. Telling a colleague or mentor you’re working on presence can boost your skills and confidence. The feedback you receive can also reinforce momentum.
The first step to developing executive presence is feeling at ease and understanding how others perceive you. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback (Remember, feedback is NOT positive or negative – it’s just feedback). Trusting and confiding in a friend or workmate can help give you much-needed valuable tips or if you want to fast-track to executive presence success and see results fast, trust a coach who can help you command attention like an executive today!