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Leadership Presence for Real People (AKA … How Not to Be A Robot!)

When you think of executive presence, what pops into your mind? Perfectly polished people?  Cleverly choreographed gestures to match skillfully scripted words? Adeptly accessorized attire to reflect the “right” image?

If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re on the wrong page.

You’ve learned the “right” moves, said the “right” words and bought the “right” clothes. You’ve worked hard to “fit the mold” of who you are supposed to be in your professional role, but you’re still missing the mark. You almost have presence, but not quite.

It’s time to stop trying to be a robot and start showing up as YOURSELF.

Think you’ve tried it all? Think again. In this keynote, I share how I:

  • Bought a $400 suit from White House Black Market, matching nude shoes and fake nails when I didn’t have the budget for it, to "fit in" to my new workplace.
  • Spent hours memorizing my corporate pitch and still botched it almost every time I said it.
  • Spoke only in corporate buzzword terms like "gravitas" to try to sound impressive and smart.
  • Stopped telling jokes and giving compliments to clients after my boss pulled me aside and said I was "too effusive" in front of an "important" client.
  • Wrote stiff, unfriendly and boring emails that sounded professional but frightened clients away.

I’ve tried and failed at having “executive presence.” It took those failures to see that to have leadership presence, I had to show up as myself.

And you can do that too.

In this session we’ll cover;

  • Body Betrayal - Learn the verbal and non-verbal characteristics of confidence and how to use them … even when you don’t feel confident.
  • Ditch Your Pitch - Tell people what you do without putting them to sleep or sounding stuffy.
  • Random Ramblings - How to eliminate industry jargon and speak in terms everyone can understand.

Are you the kind of professional who loves options? Customize your small group training or one-on-one training to fit your specific needs.

  • Presentation/speech preparation
  • Understanding communication styles (yours and others’)
  • Be a better listener
  • Ask better questions
  • Body language and movement
  • Sound confident, even when you’re not
  • How to deal with awkward moments
  • Handling difficult conversations
  • Adapting to your audience
  • Annoying habits and what to do about them
  • Emotional Intelligence assessments via the EQ-i 2.0 for individuals and groups


Email your questions or give me a call, and let’s get started!