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Three ways to have a more commanding presence.

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. - Jack Welch

A leader does not need to be a mountain of a person with a large chest and broad shoulders. He does not need to be able to command armies with a booming voice and tons of charisma. But do you know what? It sure helps. In this presentation, we will discuss how to give yourself a more commanding presence. And that way, make sure that people will sit up and take notice one dress for the occasion. As a leader, you need to set an example. And it would help if you made people take you seriously. While it might sound shallow, one crucial way to do that is to dress the part and take care and your appearance. You think that what you wear should not matter. But what you are doing here proves that you care about what you do and can present yourself well. Those are comforting things to see in a leader. Another trick is to try to add a dash of red into the mix, a tie or lipstick for women. Red is one we unconsciously associate with leadership. And it is also a color that draws attention to itself to learn to enunciate. If you are going to be an influential leader, then you will want to avoid mumbling into your chest and speaking with all the volume of a dormouse. Again, you do get quiet leaders, but they are less common.


Learn to project by speaking from your diaphragm and be careful to pronounce your words carefully. A quick and easy tip is to slow down the pace of your talking. This makes you come across as more intelligent. And it gives you more time to consider how you will phrase the following sentence. If you are struggling, consider getting lessons on speaking appropriately and presenting yourself. Even consider studying opera. Three, develop your charisma. Everyone wishes they were a little more charismatic. And, of course, it is not as easy as simply becoming charismatic. If it were, we all would be magnetic? But there are things you can do to develop this trait. Try gesticulating more and using more space by moving around as you speak. These things have been shown to make others judge us as more charismatic. More important, though, is to find the passion in what you are saying. This will naturally lead you to speak up and gesticulate more, as you will believe in what you are doing, which will come across your entire body.


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