What is executive presence? It’s that feeling you have when you walk in a room and everyone notices you, when you speak in a meeting and people stop and listen, or when you are consulted by peers because they value your opinion. Sharon Williams of www.leadershipinheels.com offer “5 Ways to Increase Your Presence.”
1. Dress for success: It takes 10 seconds to make a first impression. Take a look at your image and make sure are dressed to fit your personality, audience, industry and role. If you need help or unsure, consult a personal stylist.
2. Network, network, network: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Reach out, create relationships and end every interaction with “what can I do for you?”
3. Present as much as possible: Offer and deliver presentations; the more you do, the greater your visibility and promises to increase your confidence and presence.
4. Take risks: Robert Stevens from Harvard Business School says great leaders take calculated risks. Speak up and challenge the status quo.
5. Confidence. Hold yourself high, walk with authority, make eye-contact, deliver your message with conviction. If you believe in yourself and show it, others will reflect that right back to you.
If you do each of these things each week, you will increase your presence. Success!