Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea

Corporate mentorship offers feedback from senior executives to new professionals

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Professional Presence is more than leadership abilities – it is multi-faceted!

Hello and welcome to this weeks’ professional presence tip.

When starting on your career journey, having a mentor can be an incredible asset. Mentors don’t only inspire you; they can motivate, elevate, and connect you. They can also help you to effectively communicate your professional presence.

Early on in your career, search for someone in your field (or the field you would like to get into); someone who shares the same values as you, who will challenge you, and who you know will help you reach your potential.

Once you find your mentor, remember that keeping the relationship going is up to you, not them! Staying on top of things is a great way to show your leadership and communication skills.

Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, said: “If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m a product of great mentoring, great coaching… Coaches or mentors are very important. They could be anyone–your husband, other family members, or your boss.”

Watch the Ted Talk below by Ellen Ensher to discover why having a mentor is so important.
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In addition, visit our blog to find out more about how you can be the best mentee you can be!

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Corrine Lavictoire

What makes a great leader is often great presentation skills

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Executive Presence is more than leadership ability – it is multi-faceted!

Hello and welcome to this week’s EP tip.

Great leaders know how to keep their presentations tight.  What does that mean?  How do they do it?

Great leaders know that to be concise means answering the following vital questions early on: in their presentation: why, what, who, when, where and how.  Then, they follow up with only the evidence that supports their vital points.  They don’t add anything peripheral which would dilute their message.

Robert Greenleaf was quoted as saying, “Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.”

Learn more about this important skill by reading the article written by my colleague, Barry Kuntz entitled, ‘Structure Your Presentation for Impact.’  Just follow the link below.
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Diane Craig

One of the principal leadership qualities is vision

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Although vision is often what makes a good leader, the critical step is translating to reality.
Discover how vision can help great leaders inspire action in this clip from leadership expert Simon Sinek:

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

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Barry Kuntz

Productive business networking requires specific techniques

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At networking events, successful leaders use a 10-minute rule to meet and mingle with many groups

Click the link below to learn more about working a room:

How to Work a Room

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Inthida Ngeth - Poise, Self-Assurance

Poise, self-assurance and confidence are crucial to executive presence

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Discover 3 pivotal techniques to boost your professional confidence and leadership presence

No one is born with confidence; it must be finely honed through attention to detail. Some of the secrets to building confidence may surprise you: Top 3 ways to boost your confidence in the workplace.

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Christiane St.Amout-Rivard

Storytelling is one of the leadership qualities often underestimated

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Storytelling ranks as one of the key leadership skills to engage and motivate teams.

Watch this brief, entertaining video to understand its power.

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Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea

A perfect handshake signals executive presence

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A firm handshake sets up a first impression; it’s part of your executive presence.

Learn how to connect with the perfect handshake to maximize networking events.

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Corrine Lavictoire

Great presentation skills training begins with a conclusion!

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One of the top tips for good presentation skills is telling an audience your conclusion first.

Great speakers engage people by letting them know the ending at the beginning. Sounds confusing? Watch Robin Williams demonstrate this technique.

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Barry Kuntz

Connecting is vital for successful business networking

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Exchanging contact information is the target of networking events, and there’s a special technique.
Ask first for the other person’s contact preference before offering yours. Watch new professionals demonstrate professional networking and exchanging business cards.

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Inthida Ngeth

Business professional attire counts more than you think

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Although professional business attire impacts the first impression you create, there’s another bigger factor…

Grooming upstages attire. Impeccable grooming is mandatory at every organizational level. Watch this Harvard study that exposes the significance of business-appropriate makeup for women.

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