Introduction to Executive Presence & First Impressions
“Leadership roles are given to those who also look and act the part.”
— Executive Presence Report, 2012, published by the New York-based think tank, Center for Talent Innovation.
Although high-profile credentials and top-level performance are the price of entry to the corporate workplace, Executive Presence is essential for upward mobility.
This introduction to the Fundamentals of Executive Presence inspires participants to discover the connections between how they’re perceived by others and their own self-awareness. These factors, in combination, have a profound impact on personal leadership development. Discover the difference between good leaders and great leaders.
By facilitating our goal to “bring out the best,” we enable participants to explore and establish their own personal Executive Presence imprint. This emphasis on defining and refining personal strengths leads to the development of truly authentic presence.
Attention Corporate Trainers:
The Executive Presence 4 Fundamentals
Part One addresses the foundations of Executive Presence – what it is and what it’s not. Executive Presence has 4 pillars or components. These 4 pillars have interdependency. They work together to form a secure base:
EP1. First Impressions
EP2. Communication Skills: Business communication training
EP3. The Executive Best Practices: Workplace communication training
Participants develop an understanding of how the each of the 4 pillars support EP, their respective roles and inter-dependency.
Part Two takes a close-up look at this first key pillar. We are constantly judging others and being judged. What do people think of you when they first meet you?
The truth is that first impressions are formed on very little information. We tend to make assumptions and judgments based on spur of the moment hunches and “intuition.”
Experts agree that we have a genetic predisposition to form fast, accurate First Impressions. This intuitive ability can be traced back to our cavemen ancestors who were on high alert every time an outsider appeared on the horizon — friend or foe? It’s in our DNA to jump to conclusions when we meet someone new.
First Impressions are made during that first call or meeting with a new client, new team member, new boss, and with the first voice mail message or visit to a LinkedIn profile. Consider, for example, the first time chairing a meeting with co-workers or making a presentation. How did people react?
During Part Two, participants examine:
- How first impressions are created
- Four variables that influence First Impressions
- The impression they make on others
- How body language can change our minds to create a powerful First Impression