Why Greta has Executive Presence and Gravitas

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How dare you take away my childhood. How dare you….  How dare you?

This was how Greta Thunberg, 16, challenged the ‘grown ups’ at yesterday’s UN climate emergency conference. It was impassioned and angry. So why am I saying she has executive presence and gravitas?

As a business coach, I work with leaders on their executive presence and gravitas. It’s the missing link between merit and success. Try the tips below and contact us if you’d like coaching to find an authentic approach to presence that works for you and your role.

Here’s the video. Greta demonstrates you don’t have to have titles or age to have executive presence and gravitas because:

  1. She has authentic conviction which comes from her integrity and her expertise in the topic.
  2. She has made an active decision to use this level of anger about the situation – she has not lost emotional control. This is part of a clear communications strategy. She knows that she has to speak truth to power now – because the level of BS is rising but there is still no practical action to get CO2 emissions down to zero by 2025.
  3. Look at her stillness. Even though her words are strong her body language is powerful. Good eye contact, open and up, she doesn’t fidget. This supports her presence.

Let’s see what happens next.

KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class communicator and leader. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: Time to Think™ coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytellingtricky conversationsresilience and communicating purpose.

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Man holding flare on water's edge

SOS I’m Presenting to the board tomorrow

It’s that time of year. You’ve got that big meeting tomorrow with the board, of course you’re prepped. But if you want to really impress (or get what you want!) click on the links below for tips right now.

These meetings are career opportunities as well as a way of getting great work to fly. We lead the way in coaching executive presence. This is the SOS version! Give us a ring if you’d like to go deeper, find out more about the evidence base and the how.

Find out more about our courses here.

Does Negativity Drive You Mad?

Are some of your team consistently negative? It’s great to disagree with each other and healthy to have different points of views. I’m talking about the kind of behaviours that kill the energy in the team.

I’ve seen this from both points of view in my Time To Think™ coaching. From the people who are perceived to be negative (often wrongly) and from the leaders trying to engage and re-inspire a team. If this is something you’d like to tackle, do get in touch. There’s a great deal you can do to turn this around working 1-2-1 or we can create a bespoke group course.

7 TOP TIPS

  1. Be patient
  2. Show empathy and respect for the person and their point of view
  3. Remember you’re all ‘One Tribe’ – assume good intent and value
  4. Consider that they may not be negative, you are just not listening or you simply have a clash of communication styles
  5. Gently help them reframe and explore a different point of view
  6. Talk about impact of their behaviour on others – the phrase ‘when you do x, it can be perceived as…’ reduces defensiveness
  7. Give attention and reward the positive behaviours you want to see more of

KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class communicator and leader. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: Time to Think™ coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytellingtricky conversationsresilience and communicating purpose.

Contact us today to book a course or to find out more.

Words That Weaken You

There are words that sneak into your language and undermine your leadership and executive presence. You don’t need them, and you can get rid of them fast! 

They signal to your boss, your clients or your colleagues that you are not confident, like little negative beacons. On our executive presence and presentation courses, our clients identify them, ban them from the workshop and set forfeits for each other if they sneak back in. You can play this game with yourself or a friend. Have a go. It’ll drive you nuts!  

So, find out more about our executive presence and presentation courses and find below the most common words that weaken you.

Here are our top six undermining filler words. So small yet so significant. All you need to do is to catch yourself and stop saying them – your authority and presence will rise.  

Maybe

Perhaps

Sort of

Kind of

I’ll try

Sorry

(stop apologising for being in the room!)

KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class leader and communicator. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays.

We have six main areas of work: Time to think coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytellingtricky conversationsresilience and communicating purpose.

Contact us to find out more

Greta Thunberg in yellow rain coat

Where’s Your Courage and Conviction?

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Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist has had a major impact on the debate and on me.

I kicked off my presentation course last week by showing this video of Greta below. She proves you don’t have to be an expert, have titles or be a slick presenter to have a tremendous impact and gravitas.

What you need to find is authentic conviction and the courage to be yourself. My only request of the people in the presentation workshop was that they bring themselves to our work that day. The answer was a resounding yes. And they did. Brilliantly.

If you would like coaching to find and use your authentic conviction and courage for your meetings and presentations, please do email me on karen@kineticfuture.com. It will transform your ability to communicate and lead. Find out more about our courses here.