New Executive Presence Courses Launched

You can learn a lot about confidence and self-belief when you’re stuck up a mountain with just a pair of skis. I have transferred innovative psychological ideas from ski coaching to our new KineticFuture Executive Presence group courses. Here’s me looking very proud of myself on the slopes with a good friend.

We’re excited to launch our new Executive Presence courses – offering more personal coaching, new energising simulations, and even better results.

You can Learn how to use Executive Presence in presentations, meetings and tough conversations. In your own unique style. Using the latest global research and KineticFuture’s own deep expertise.

Everyone can achieve Executive Presence with good coaching and hard work.

YOU CAN DISCOVER HOW TO:

  •  Build your standing and impact with leaders and teams
  • Communicate with confidence and grace under fire
  • Balance warmth, authority and gravitas
  • Connect to people and inspire quickly
  • Use your power to thrive and support others
  • Show your decisiveness and ‘teeth’ when needed
  • Enhance your reputation and standing
  • Communicate your vision with charisma
  • Say no in 100 ways

Find out why companies like Novartis, Abbvie, Mars, Reckitt Benckiser, GSK and Barclays choose KineticFuture for executive presence courses and one to one coaching.  And why we have a 100% repeat assignment rate.

 Check out snoworks.co.uk to improve your skiing.

KineticFuture Book Club – You Don’t Want to Hear This

Welcome back to the KineticFuture Book Club!

This is a fantastic book that I will be recommending again and again on our new Executive Presence group course and in my one to one coaching. For me, its key message is be open and be yourself and you will boost your executive presence.

It comes from vulnerability researcher, Brené Brown and it’s called ‘Daring Greatly’.  I read it cover to cover without stopping. And then started reading it again. Only stopped by accidently smashing my iPad!

This book could have been written about me and for me. Judging by the millions of people that follow Brené on Ted, many men and women feel the same way.

In essence, it’s about daring to be yourself, not hiding and using strategies to help you stay courageous under fire. It’s about being more successful and happier. The way she tells the story is moving and hilarious. She struggles on the journey too. Her research work is exemplary. There’s no BS here. This is a book for men, women, the relentlessly ambitious and those already happy with their life today.

Buy Daring Greatly by Brené Brown on Amazon.

On our Executive Presence course you’ll learn to balance warmth and authority at work, how to be open and show vulnerability yet have people know you mean business. And how to do all this your own way, in your own style with your own values. It’s a tightrope worth walking. Contact us on +44 (0)1628 624312 to find out more.

Do let us know your favourite books so that we can add them to the KineticFuture book club reading list.

By the way, you can easily find all our book club recommendations by just searching for ‘book club’ in our tips.

Soft Eyes. Manage Your Tell 3

Your eyes really  are the gateway to your soul.  And it’s one of the first things to go when we’re under pressure. Here’s a top tip that will give you the warm authority leaders need even when the going gets tough. Click here to watch.

I hope it’s useful.  Let us know how you get on.  If you’d like us to coach you or your team to increase your presence, gravitas or warm authority do give us a ring.  It would be a pleasure to work with you on this.

Crappe Diem

Never ones to take ourselves too seriously, we loved this Perpetual Disappointments Diary by Nick Asbury as a great Christmas present idea.  Perfect for the super cheerful and positive!

It includes de-motivational proverbs, with personal favourites such as:

“A friend is just a stranger you haven’t fallen out with yet”

“Time is a great healer but you don’t have much of it left”

“Crappe diem”

“When the going gets tough. Tough”

It’s the complete antithesis to any positive psychology or resilience strategies you may acquire on our courses but great fun. London Metro called this “Best Diary Ever” and the Guardian said “cheerfully depressing”.

My other favourites were the personal SWOT analysis with 4 spaces for strengths and 50 for weaknesses (this is a joke!), notable deaths and negative phrases translated into four languages.

Have a fantastic Christmas. See you back here early January.

PS If you’ve just had your PD review and want coaching to help you hit your objectives, we may be able to help.  We can work with you on gravitas, warm authority, presentations and positive leadership strategies, one to one and in groups.  Just drop us a line if you’d like to talk. Check out our courses here.

Warm Authority – Does Jeremy Corbyn Have it or Need it?

Creative Commons stock photo sourced from Garry Knight at Flickr and cropped for use.

What is your view on Labour party chief Jeremy Corbyn’s debut at PM questions? (Showing on BBC from midday today).

And what does ‘doing well’ really mean in the context of leadership or PM Qs? Politics is a peculiar game, but there is no doubt that people do respond to ‘warm authority’ from their leaders.

Love or hate his politics, outside PM Qs, Jeremy Corbyn has demonstrated a ‘warm authority’ and authentic leadership in his own style. He is also firm on his ‘personal brand’ – let’s see how it evolves.

So what does this ‘warm authority’ physically look like for business people? It goes beyond gravitas. Here’s a useful checklist for you – useful if you are about to go into that tricky budget or board meeting. The key is to find your own personal authentic way of doing this – this is what we coach leaders to find and use for real situations they face.

  • Confident self belief and real belief in what you are talking about
  • A status level which you’ve adapted to the situation – for example, in a board meeting you need to communicate at least a level 8 or 9 out of 10, but with your team or a customer lacking confidence you might want to lower it
  • Calm, unrushed and comfortable in your own skin
  • Good eye contact, unafraid of an appropriate smile or humour
  • Resonant voice and succinct, powerful language and message
  • Talking as though you are having a conversation; not talking at people

You can develop this skill and it’s particularly useful to work on when you are under pressure or going into a new role.

Let us know what you are noticing/liking/disliking about the communications style of Jeremy Corbyn as time goes on.

Click here for a link to the BBC website on this story.

If you would like to work on your leadership communications to achieve ‘warm authority’ or to work on your language and messaging impact please do talk to us about coaching.