4 Tips for Being Comfortable at Events

Research tells us that 60% of people in America are shy when it comes to attending events with a room full of strangers! Does that make you feel better? Additionally, 75% said they don’t know what to talk about and 40% are anxious even when they know people in the room.  So, if you aren’t comfortable socializing—you’re not alone. Try these proven tips that are part of my Professional Presence program. 1. Know your value. Recognize and appreciate your BRAND ATTRIBUTES that could include your talents, gifts, expertise and wonderfulness. Own them and walk into that room full of strangers knowing YOU have VALUE that you could bring to others. What are those things about you that someone might find compelling? What brand impression do you want to leave with new people in your life? How can you let others know where you shine? Don’t diminish those things that come easily for you and maybe not for others. Things like: You know a lot of people You have expertise in a subject You … [Read more...]

Presenting with Presence is An Art

Taking what comes at you from the audience and turning it to your advantage is an art. That takes practice. And skill. Some people have a gift for doing this - while most of us must learn the skills.   Here's a few thoughts on how to give a presentation with presence and be ready for comments. 1 - Cut to the chase. Rabbit trail discourse only chases the rabbit around the field.  If you're asked a question, know your content so well that you don't have to look at notes to give an intelligent answer. 2 - Be prepared. Know exactly what message you intend to give and stick to the facts - the fewer the better. The deck doesn't have to be huge - it does have to be targeted. 3 - Stop, think, then answer. There's nothing wrong with a pause to be sure you have heard, really heard the question. 4 - Listen intentionally and intently. If you're focusing on how to respond, it's too easy to misinterpret the question. And that can lead to rambling. And there goes your presence. … [Read more...]

Having A Positive Presence Counts! 6 Interview Do’s and Don’ts

We’ve all had to endure the “dreaded” interview. Have you ever left the interview thinking, “Did I do this right? Did I say that wrong? How did I look? Did I show my brand?" This is when having a positive presence counts! Your credentials are, of course, important—but a first impression with impact speaks volumes. You never know exactly what an interviewer is looking for; so let your brand, etiquette, and skills stand out. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind the next time you have an interview opportunity. Remember these tips, be confident, focus on your interview, and you’ll know if you did this or that right.   Do’s 1. Do research- Never “wing-it!” Know the brand of the company. With the internet at your fingertips, use online resources to your advantage. Learn, in advance, all you can about the company, the business, the culture, and the position. Use sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Glassdoor to increase your knowledge. Impress them with what you … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Brag About Your Brand…Without Bragging

You never know when opportunity will knock. Wouldn't it be a shame to miss an opportunity because you didn't promote yourself when you should have? No one wants to be called a braggart. You know, the ones that are always tooting their own horns and taking all the credit. That type of bragging isn't good for anyone’s brand. It’s annoying and just not good business. At the same time, it’s crucial that those willing to open a door for us know that we’re worthy of the opportunity. There’s also a financial cost in not promoting yourself, read more. Here are 4 ways to promote YOU without bragging: 1. Say thank you. Don’t downplay a compliment. Instead, a simple thank you will do. Or go a bit further and say, “Thank you, I appreciate you noticing.” In this article, The Right Way to Sell Yourself, William Arruda is quoted as saying, “Building a strong personal brand isn’t about telling people how great you are." It’s about showing people how great you are.” He adds that employees … [Read more...]

Communication Practices Vital to Your Personal Brand

Communication is something that we do every day. Communication is easy but doing it effectively is another thing. Great communication skills are essential in your personal and professional life, by helping you better understand a person, build trust and respect, and establish an avenue where creative ideas can flourish and problems can be solved. If you want to be a thought leader in your industry, it is essential to be a great communicator. However, being socially adept does not always translate to being a great communicator. Effective communication is an integral part of your professional success at many levels. There are a host of factors that determine effective communication, but it is not just limited to verbal expression. Good communication also includes non-verbal expressions. Communication practices that can help your personal brand #1. Listen first. Communication is a two way process. How you convey your message depends on how you listen to others. It is important to … [Read more...]