The Key To Establishing Immediate Credibility
Hi friends! This is the fourth in a five-part series on the Promotability Index. (In case you missed them, prior issues focused on the first three elements: Self-Awareness, External Awareness and Strategic Thinking.) Today we are going to focus on Executive Presence – the fourth of the five key leadership elements that help you get promoted. Executive Presence has gotten more attention as part of talent considerations over the last several years. Why is it so important? When you have executive presence, you establish immediate credibility with the people around you. This gives you the power to influence receptivity to your ideas and get the green light on projects. It’s also the basis for cultivating respect and trust. These are things that are earned over time, but that initial first impression serves either to accelerate an alliance or, possibly, to derail it. The Center for Talent Innovation has a helpful definition of executive presence. They break it down into three tangible, weighted qualities. The best part? These can be learned by anyone. 1) Presentation skills (70% - educating and engaging an audience) 2) Gravitas (20% - cool and calm under pressure) 3) Professional appearance (10% - well groomed, dress) In the Executive Presence section of the Promotability Index, I give you some clear ideas on how to improve in each of these three areas. Today, I’m going to give you a deeper dive into Presentation Skills. Some people naturally thrive at this, but it is mostly a learned behavior. It’s all about connecting with your audience in a relaxed and credible way.