I’ve got a thing for men on a stage. Singers, actors, trainers and speakers – when they get up there and are confident in their delivery, I fall for them – hook line and sinker. Usually it doesn’t even matter that they’re not even really that good looking off the stage.
Equally, I’ve had several girl-crushes on inspiring women who take the stage confidently to share their message, or who walk into a room with an air of “I know that I’m really good at what I do and I’m confident in sharing that with everyone”.
The key ingredient that gets me every time is their presence. When a man, or a woman, owns the stage, and their message, I am putty in their hands.
Own The Stage
It’s literally made up of everything that you do. What you wear; how you sit, stand; shake hands. The tone of your voice; the words you choose to use; the way you engage with others. All of these factors make up your presence, and how that presence is perceived by others.
Many women shy away from “owning” the stage in a work context. They fail to speak up in meetings; they defer to superiors (and peers) too readily; and they seek approval and confirmation when they should be leading the conversation and dictating the direction.
Here are 3 ways I share with my clients on how to take control of and improve their business presence, which in turns impacts their results.
MASTER YOUR MESSAGE:
Clear, concise and persuasive communication sorts the women from the girls when it comes to building your presence. Learn how to get your point across in a way that’s succinct and gets you the result you want.
INCREASE YOUR VISIBILITY:
To be heard, you need to be seen. If you don’t have a seat at the table, how can you expect to make an impact?
Work out who you need to be in front of more, and how to do that. You might view social events or even some meetings as a time waster when you have so many more important things to do (like the work you get paid to do), but are you thinking about the impact your absence has on your personal brand and what you are known for? Be seen AND heard in the right places.
READ THE ROOM:
Understanding what motivates people and what their particular communication style is like winning the lottery – it opens up a whole range of opportunities you may never have thought possible.
Work with a coach to improve your understanding of different behavioural styles and how you can adapt your own behaviour to get more out of situations and relationships. Contact me if you’d like to discuss how I can help you do that.
Be aware of your presence. Make it felt, for the right reasons. Use the tips above to become the type of woman who has respect, recognition and is known for getting results, even before you walk in the room.
PS Did you know you can book a personal strategy session to help you get clear, quickly, on what’s next for you? Whether it’s a career strategy or a business strategy, I can help give you the direction you need. Over 2 hours we’ll nut out exactly what you need to do to move forward. I have 3 sessions available before the end of the year. If you’d like to book one email me your contact details and I’ll be in touch to talk about whether it’s right for you, and get you booked in.