Do you have executive presence?
Three Enterprise women participated in an all-female workshop organised by worldrenowned voice coach Patsy Rodenburg OBE of Women Ahead to learn more about executive presence.
Drive caught up with attendees Kate Dennison (talent development specialist) and Lizzy Scholey (area rental manager) for some top tips and inspiration.
Kate learned ‘executive presence’ is a combination of confidence, ability and strength. The workshop explored ways women can command attention through being ‘present’ rather than trying to dominate. Kate said: “It was refreshing to speak to other women and discover that we share similar anxieties and concerns.”
For Lizzy, the workshop helped to illustrate the importance of controlling your breathing. As Lizzy tends to speak quickly whenever she gets nervous, it was helpful to explore different techniques to control her breathing, especially while giving presentations.
Here are Kate and Lizzy’s top 10 takeaways
- Be aware how your body language impacts the way you speak/control yourself. Display positive body language: avoid crossing your hands or legs while addressing a group
- Speak clearly and confidently with an authoritative tone
- Communicate with passion
- Be decisive
- Project your voice: focus on something at the back of the room and try to project your voice towards that thing
- Make eye contact
- Have a clear, concise message
- Pay attention to your posture. Stand on the balls of your feet when giving presentations. Shoulders upright, back straight, and eyes off the floor!
- Dress for success