Monthly Archives: August 2014

Top 8 Communication Blunders that Destroy Executive Presence

According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett from CTI (Center for Talent Innovation) in Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, there are several communication blunders that can destroy your executive presence  when you speak: Signs of nervousness, such as breathlessness, sweating, trembling or stammering Constantly checking your phone for latest messages Signs of boredom, […]
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Top 6 Leadership Communication Skills for Executive Presence

Sylvia Ann Hewlett from CTI (Center for Talent Innovation) writes in Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success that surveys of senior leaders report these top six communication traits are key for leaders: Superior speaking skills: for men 63%, women 60% Ability to command a room: for men, 54%, women 49% Forcefulness and […]
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Gravitas is the Key Factor in Executive Presence

What do you think is the single most defining characteristic of executive presence? In the Center for Talent Innovation survey of senior leaders, 67% say that gravitas is the most important defining element of executive presence. According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success there are three […]
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Executive Presence: Got It?

I think executive presence is frequently misunderstood. We think of “presence” as a star quality seen in those business leaders who exude confidence and charisma and who shine at conferences and networking events. Most of us think of presence as a fuzzy quality we probably need more of for that next promotion, but aren’t quite […]
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Leadership Stories: How Personal Should You Be?

Just how personal should you be when you craft a leadership story designed to persuade people? I guess it depends on your audience… or does it? I’ve known keynote speakers who use stories of a parent’s death or illness to make a dramatic point and get their audience emotionally engaged. Sometimes it comes across as […]
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Leadership Presence: Use Stories to Connect Head and Heart

If you want to build strong leadership presence, pay attention to the stories you share. Have you ever noticed what happens in a conference room full of people when the speaker starts telling stories? People sit up and lean in toward the speaker. They put down their smart phones, stop texting and start to pay […]
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Leadership Presence: 3 Ways to Be More Expressive

I’ve been reading a lot about executive presence lately and, in particular, I am intrigued about how leaders express themselves in presentations and speeches, as well as in everyday conversations. In today’s business environment, we expect clarity and congruency from leaders. They need to be comfortable expressing their emotions and any discrepancy between message and […]
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Leadership Presence: Make an Emotional Impact

If you’re thinking about how you can improve your leadership presence (including how well you’re perceived as a candidate for promotion), pay attention to your next presentation. You may need more than a good speech. You’ll need to make an emotional impact through voice and body language. It’s nothing new: the most important factor in […]
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