Presence has become a critical factor for today’s professionals. How you present yourself to others and having the ability to make lasting impressions is crucial to your success.
With the aim to provide development tools for business leaders, AmCham Taipei invited Rober Iyer, Executive and Training Coach of Inspiyer, to conduct a half-day seminar on “Executive Presence: 5 Steps to Creating Leadership Presence” at the Chamber’s Lincoln Room.
Iyer explained that leadership presence is a blend of how you present yourself, make people feel, and effectively communicate to others. He highlighted qualities leaders should have to develop presence:
- Communication: clearly using verbal and non-verbal communication
- Character/Substance: showing warmth, knowledge, wisdom
- Authenticity: staying true to yourself and others, creating trust
- Attentiveness: staying attuned to the current moment during communication
- Confidence: knowing yourself; staying cool under pressure
- Connectedness: having the ability to feel bonded to others
Using the example of the first televised Presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, Iyer demonstrated the impact first impressions can make on election outcomes. As the story goes, those who listened to the debate on the radio thought Nixon won, while those who watched the debate on television believed Kennedy won. Attendees were asked to observe the two candidates’ body language and behavior to learn the importance of non-verbal communication.
In the second half of the seminar, Iyer discussed the power of non-verbal communications and shared a few tips on using body language to improve presence.
The Lincoln Room is made possible by the generosity of a number of sponsoring companies:
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