Can your team lead key meetings without you? They have the technical expertise but well… ‘they are not you’. Sadly, your bosses, clients and other key stakeholders recognise that they lack the confidence, gravitas and executive presence. The impact of having to be in each meeting on on your time and your team’s development is huge.
We coach Executive Presence. It really is the missing link between merit and success. We base our KineticFuture approach on solid global research and use theatre skills, real simulations, psychology and practice to ensure each person in the group can find their own authentic way forward. Contact us if you’d like to know about our group courses and one to one coaching.
It’s highly skilful coaching work but you can help your team
right now with some quick tips and hints below. It’s worth it.
Quick Tips for Executive Presence, Confidence &
Just do it – get them leading meetings
without you. They will survive and grow with a bit of guidance. It’s worth the
Super prepare – some of your team will
back off the prep because they are scared, others will spend too much time on
the wrong things. Give them guidance on what to prepare and ensure they are
clear on objectives, key messages and proof points. Can they answer the tough
questions succinctly? Rehearse them through it.
Physicality – they can make a huge
difference just by rehearsing their physicality in a room. Ask them to walk in,
sit down and start to explain the topic. Coach them to sit tall, open arms on
the table, make good eye contact and stop any fiddling. Then maintain it come
what may. Ask them too where they plan to sit – in easy eye-line of the key
decision maker will help.
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:
She has authentic conviction which comes from her integrity and her expertise in the topic.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It will transform your ability to communicate and lead. Find out more about our courses here.
There are some super-fast ways to take a presentation from
bland (no one’s listening!) to brilliant (people engaged, influenced,
believing, wanting to act).
How often have you been given a presentation written by and
for someone else, with little time to change it? You know it’s dull but now it’s
your reputation on the line as you’re delivering it, so you need to make
Kineticfuture can coach you on simple effective ways to create and deliver a great presentation and build your executive presence – so find out about our group coaching courses. For now, here are some fast track tips you can use today for presentations, group meetings or Skype meetings. Even using just one tip will make a real difference.
I’d love to hear your own ways of tackling this last-minute challenge.
6 WAYS TO PIMP UP
THAT PRESENTATION FAST
Go back to basics quickly – who is the audience, has it changed, what’s your goal, what’s their goal and concerns, why are they there, what do they want from you? (You’d be amazed how often the brief changes or the initial brief was totally wrong. This stops you having a complete audience disconnect!)
Take the water cooler test – what’s your one key message (one short sentence) and check it’s valuable for you and the audience. Make it surprising, something new, something important, a point of view, something that gets to the heart of the challenge or the solution. This is not a summary of the situation! (This key message is the hardest part but force yourself to commit and do not ‘go vanilla’ unless that’s your whole comms strategy).
Add in a short story – it needs to be something that illustrates the challenge, the opportunity or results. Stories can be personal, need to be surprising, trigger emotions and illustrate the key message. Humour works but choose carefully. If you can include more than one story, please do.
Turn the structure on its head – start with a story to illustrate the challenge or opportunity (slide 2- immediately after you say hello). Communicate the key message and what you want the audience to do (slide 3). Then go into the agenda which enables you to illustrate the key message (if the decision-maker has to dash off, this up-front approach can be a lifesaver).
Build in audience interaction – this is a conversation remember, you’re not talking at people, so you’d naturally ask rhetorical questions, or get the audience to participate in any way you can. They will remember you and how you made them feel much more than the content.
Improve the visuals – if you are not bound by legal approvals, you can add in simple slides with strong visuals that illustrate the point. You can also drop or move slides around. The idea is to make the presentation your own. And if worst comes to the worst, you can stand in the way of really ghastly slides and just talk to the audience or dump the slides entirely.