Executive presence is often described as one of those things that you recognize when you see it. And when you see it, it looks effortless. In a meeting for example, those who have it exude confidence, they influence, and they possess that mysterious X factor – whatever that is.
But what if that’s not you? What if, in meetings, you find it challenging to convey your ideas, speak your opinion or disagree with other leaders? What if it is a struggle to assert your point of view, and even worse, when you know you have something important to say, but don’t have the courage to say it?
Don’t panic. Executive presence is not some magical ability you are either born with or not. Research shows the skills and nuances of executive presence can be learned. And being strategic about when you speak up and what you say is the single best measure of executive presence and a great starting point.
- If you’re feeling like you’re invisible
- If you’re struggling to get your voice heard
- If your struggling to navigate meetings with confidence
One of my executive coaching clients uses this primer in every meeting. Before he struggled to assert his opinion and break into conversations, especially when the stakes were high. Frequently, his silence was mistaken for lack of preparation or having nothing to contribute despite being incredibly intelligent. I developed this “Cheat Sheet: An Introvert’s Power Word Primer to Increase Executive Presence.” with him in mind.
Demonstrate your expertise and share your unique opinions and insights. That’s how you celebrate what’s most important and most unique about you. Introverts are very good at playing other roles in meetings. You’re an astute listener, observer, analyzer, or critic, and that’s how you form your unique perceptions. You’re the only one who thinks the way you do, and that’s what makes sharing your knowledge, insights, analysis, and recommendations so critical.
When you use this cheat sheet:
- You’ll feel more confident and earn trust from others
- You’ll naturally seek opportunities to assert your point of view
- You’ll speak with authority; people will listen and take action