Did you know that it only takes three to five seconds for someone to form a first impression of you? That’s one of the reasons why having “presence” is so important. I believe it’s your presence that people remember about you — how you make someone feel when they meet you for the first or the 50th time. And, when it comes to first impressions, you want to make sure that your presence conveys a positive, trustworthy and competent impression.
Good news: presence is a learned skill and that means everyone can improve their presence. According to TED talk sensation, Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy, “presence” is SO important that it’s the title of her new book, “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges.” Those who have followed Cuddy’s meteoric rise know she is all about the psychology of how your physical bearing, especially your body language, can have a huge and lasting impact on the impression you make. I agree!
In my coaching sessions I often help clients make small adjustments to their body language. For instance, by just sitting on the edge of your chair in a meeting you can convey greater competence. And making better eye contact can project an image of confidence.
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