Executive Presence

Virtual Presence Tip in honor of President’s Day

If you have a team of people reporting up to you, and your office is closed today (because of President’s Day) please don’t send them any email.   I know, I know, you are probably using the day to catch up on things. That’s great. Save all those emails in your draft folder and press ‘send’ tomorrow morning.   If you email folks on their day off you are undermining their ability to recharge and signaling that they need to [...]

Text Etiquette & Your Virtual Presence: A Quick Tip

I’ve written before about the three dimensions of Executive Presence. They are:   1.) What people see when they look at you—your ability to demonstrate poise and confidence. 2.) What people hear when they are in conversation with you—your ability to create trust and psychological safety. 3.) How people feel after they’ve had an interaction with you—your ability to connect with them and empathize. Here’s a quick tip to help increase your virtual presence as it relates to #3. Click here [...]

How to Power Up Your Executive Presence

On Tuesday December 5, 2017 Women In Communication and Energy (WICE) will be hosting their annual fall conference. 200 women gather twice a year for a full day of learning, networking and personal growth. I’m flattered to have been invited to be the keynote speaker this year. As I sit down to prepare my remarks it occurs to me that over the years women in every industry have asked me similar questions about how they can improve their presence. I [...]

Coping with Stage Fright

Last week I shared a post on the fact that Even Starts Get Stage Fright. Afterward I received dozens of requests for more tips on handling presentation nerves. Plus, a few folks sent me tricks of their own. It’s a rich topic, so here we go: Smile! Smiling is a simple, but powerful way to manage nerves, reduce stress, and look more confident. Wonderfully, research from Penn State University found a forced smile is equally as effective as a natural one! [...]

Walk your Talk: The Benefits of The Walking Meeting

When I was a kid the scariest place to be told to go was… the Principal’s office. The nasally voice of our school secretary would blast over the intercom and unaware, someone would be summoned:  “Carol Lempert please report to Mr. Storman’s office. Carol Lempert to Mr. Storman’s office.” Uh oh. Big Trouble. After the announcement, everyone in class would look down at their shoes and breathe a sigh of relief. It wasn’t their name that had been called. The [...]

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE for WOMEN. A few TIPS

It’s a Balancing Act. Especially for Women Work/Life balance isn’t the only balance that women in business need to balance. Showing up with strong Executive Presence requires a distinctive kind of balancing and it can be a tightrope. On the one side is the risk of appearing “too feminine” (which can undermine our credibility) and on the other is the danger of acting “too masculine” (which can cause some male colleagues to think we are being witchy.) Here are some [...]

WHAT’S UP WITH CHICKS AND SCIENCE?

This sardonic question was posed by a reporter to a panel of scientists at the New York Academy of Sciences a few years ago. Courtesy of Upworthy, a video of the answer has been making to rounds of facebook, linkedin and twitter this week. The question refers to comments made by former Treasury Secretary and Harvard University President Lawrence Summers, who had publically suggested that “genetic differences” might explain why fewer women are in the sciences than men. The query created [...]