Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by julie
Have you ever been in the presence of someone who could communicate authentically, make instant connections with people, or capture an audience’s immediate attention?
How do you acquire this capability?
According to Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins, co-authors of “Own the Room”, leadership presence is the ability to consistently and clearly articulate your value proposition while influencing and connecting with others. The co-authors suggest two factors – 1) demonstrate your authentic value and distinction, and 2) connect to others in a positive way.
Others suggest eliminating the “noise” or distractions. Be present to what is happening right now and around you. There appears to be consensus regarding effective communication skills and the impacts on presence. Impactful communication requires awareness, energy, concentration, eye contact, and voice inflection. Many people are not aware of their energy level when speaking. Energy is a driver to capture interest and create presence. You can have a big impact on the energy level (positive and negative) within a team discussion or meeting. You can set the tone consciously or unconsciously.
To us, there is a clear correlation between presence and communication. Be honest with yourself when assessing your capabilities. The tone you set as a contributor and observer can have a profound effect on your performance and the effect on the organization.
Discover your voice and take your presence to the next level!!
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