That’s an excerpt form a recent article I read in Business2Community about revving up your executive presence. The author takes inspiration from how “Harley Fatboys, Ford F-150 Super Crews, and retooled 1969 Camaros” gather at intersections and zoom off “in a blaze of motor glory” as the lights turn green.
Annoying? Maybe. But the thing is they refuse to be ignored.
It got me thinking about how good it is to rev up our motors and let the energy rip once in awhile. Make some noise. Maybe you aren’t the kind of person who relishes a second look from the crowd, but it isn’t a bad thing to get NOTICED. A lot of people sleep-walk through their business lives, driving a boring powder blue Prius, never venturing three miles above the speed limit. That won’t get you pulled over, but it also won’t win you the equivalent of the Borg Warner trophy, or give you the chance to sip the traditional glass of milk handed to 500 winners.
How about putting a little shock and awe into your personal “presentation”? I would bet that most people reading this feel a little beaten down and have forgotten what it is like to have people stop, look and pay attention.
Maybe it’s nothing more than opting to drop real money on a snappy wardrobe or going to a boot camp for a presentation-style tune-up. That is the equivalent of putting “velocity yellow” paint on an already fast Corvette. A powerful motor deserves to get some applause.
Or, maybe the problem is that the motor itself needs an overhaul. You might need to hit the brakes and think through your plan. A big, strategic idea. Get the pit crew (coach, advisor, mentor) to help you develop and deliver crisp, game-changing insights. Substance is the most important element of your executive presence. In my experience working with talented leaders over the years, those insights are in there. They just need to slow down to speed up. The ideas are not thought through and articulated in a way that makes people sit up and take note.
With an experienced executive coach by your side you can rev up your executive presence training so that the next time you need to stand out in front of your competitors or present to the board, you can kickstart your engine and win the race.