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Authenticity, Confidence, and Executive Presence

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group.

By now you have probably seen the hilarious BBC news clip of the Political Science Professor being interrupted during a live television interview. His children barged into his office—the smiling toddler in yellow, followed by an enthusiastic baby in a walker. He tried to maintain his composure and continue with the interview while his wife wrangled the children out of the room. After the clip went viral, he was interviewed again:

 “My real life punched through the fake cover I had created on television,” he said.

It was a classic working from home scenario, but unlike the dog barking during a conference call or the doorbell ringing while you’re on a webcast, this one unspooled live in front of our eyes. We cringed because we can all relate. Just like out-takes at the end of movies, we laugh because we recognize the actors as human.

Like the professor, we all have a public persona. In today’s world of social media, we carefully curate the image we present to the world whether through photographic filters or the things we choose to share. But we’re all human, and the viral clip of the professor and his children is a reminder of the fine line between professional persona and our authentic selves.

In the office, do you strive for powerful presence? As we work with our clients on Executive Presence, we help them to improve the three pillars that support executive presence. The first two pillars are communication and connection. The third pillar is confidence. We help people project confidence through authenticity and passion. Think about the way you act at work. Are you wearing your public mask? Always striving to be the consummate professional? Now consider the role models you look up to—how are they behaving in the work environment? We appreciate the touches of humanity our leaders portray. We recognize them as fallible. As natural, as real.

People who demonstrate powerful executive presence allow their authentic selves to emerge both in their formal speaking engagements and in their everyday interactions. We’re all human and we respond to the small insights into another’s humanity. Think about your authentic self—would your family recognize you in the workplace? How can you establish powerful presence by revealing just a bit of who you are? We found the professor endearing because he was real. Are you?

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com
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How to Communicate at the Highest Level

In December, we shared a blog post about the importance of mapping your progress as a communicator. In short, the only way to REALLY be sure you’re improving as a communicator is to have some way to measure that improvement. When we work with clients at The Latimer Group, we use a three-stage rubric of… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: Organize Your Details

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Your Job as a Communicator is Changing

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Mapping Your Communication Progress

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The Most Important Ability You Need in the Workplace

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A Simple Tip for More Powerful Storytelling

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Construct Your Message in Three Acts

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Think of Your Message Like a Meal

A good meal should be enjoyed, one bite at a time. Take a bite, chew it, swallow it, enjoy it. If you eat it too quickly, it will be over and you will not have had a chance to think about it and appreciate the experience. Slow down! Don’t eat so quickly! And a good chef… Continue Reading

3 Simple Tips for Speaking to a Global Audience

In the 21st century business world, very few things are NOT global in some way, and successful professionals and organizations have no choice but to be thinking about how to reach and connect to a global audience. There are a few things we encourage our clients to do when they are speaking/presenting/meeting with a global… Continue Reading

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