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What Does a Public Speaking Coach Do & Why You Need One

What Does a Public Speaking Coach Do & Why You Need One

How would your life and business change if you could speak in front of any number of people and sound as confident as you do when you share new ideas with your best friend?

If you are wondering ‘what does a public speaking coach do’, the short answer is that we are the ones who can make this dream-like scenario a reality for you.

Still, there is a lot more to it than that!

How solid public speaking skills can change your life and career

You have ideas that can make an impact on people’s lives. You know that. You feel it within.

But how will others understand that if you can’t finish a sentence without sweating or nervously reading out your notes? Worse, if you can’t even put yourself out there because your stage fright is holding you back?

When you master the skill of public speaking, you can:

  • advance your career by showcasing both your professionalism and leadership skills
  • make a tangible and memorable impact on your audience
  • market yourself and/or your business effectively and boost your sales
  • increase your reach and influence
  • boost your confidence, feeling empowered when sharing insights with others
  • create valuable social and professional connections.

So, what does a public speaking coach do?

A public speaking coach educates and guides you on speaking with power, poise, presence, and purpose so that you can face the stage confidently and make a difference when you do so.

But what does a public speaking coaching session look and feel like?

Essentially, we help you create and develop both your vocal and visual brand as well as your key message and overall stage presence.

Most importantly, we teach you how to use your public speaking and communication skills as a leader to effectively transform others while earning buy-in and engagement.

Finding the right public speaking coach for you

Let’s be honest: you can’t expect those results with everyone, and you do have to be willing to invest both time and money. A volunteer-led public speaking group may seem like a low cost option, but in reality you are not going to fast track or get to the level that is required for a leader.

Since there are many self-proclaimed coaches out there, be sure you invest your hard-earned money wisely.

Now that you know what public speaking coaches do, when you are looking for the right fit for you, find out how they’ve been offering their services:

  • Are they qualified? Or are they simply calling themselves a coach? Look for recognised, ideally global credentials, accreditations, and certifications on their websites and marketing materials
  • Who have they helped? Social proof and testimonials from previous clients are key. After all, anyone can write nice words about themselves. It’s when you read what someone who used to be in your same position has to say that you’ll actually know what to expect.
  • Are they practising what they preach? Just like I doubt you would trust a chef trainer who doesn’t do any cooking, best not pick a public speaking coach who is never spotted behind a mic

Why invest in Lisa & Speaking Savvy

My name is Lisa Evans, and I am a public speaking coach for leaders who are ready to sound as smart as they are.

As a Certified World Class Speaking Coach with over ten years of experience, I have helped many stage-phobic professionals just like you advance their careers.

They are now perceived as the thought-leading experts they already were but struggled to come across as.

You can get reassured by dozens of testimonials and life-changing experiences or watch me perform as a speaker myself.

So, why me?

  • Public speaking is a journey: I regularly invest in my own professional development to continue being a leading coach at the forefront of my niche
  • After two decades of working as a midwife, I know a thing or two about professionalism and empathy
  • I have gone through your exact same fears at the start of my career change. Learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable is scary, but I am living proof that it pays off
  • Mine is not a one-size-fits-all approach: we can work together via small group coaching sessions or through a 1:1 program, in person if you’re also based in Australia or online from anywhere else in the world
  • Working with me is confidential. You may share information with me such as business development or highly guarded pitches, and this will never be shared by me. No one needs to know we are coaching together. In fact, the majority of my clients are senior executives who require this level of discretion.

To summarise, what does a public speaking coach do? I help you feel and be perceived as a confident leader, opening your career to a whole new world of opportunities.

Get one step closer to delivering your life-changing public speaking event by booking a complimentary 30-minute strategy call today.


About the author

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.

Be a Podcast Guest – how to find opportunities to speak

Be a Podcast Guest – how to find opportunities to speak

Being a guest on a podcast or a radio show is a fabulous way to get your ideas in front of more people and to offer value in your area of expertise.

Podcast guesting is an effective way to build your brand and credibility, plus it can be a lot of fun. 

Being a guest on a podcast is rewarding and with time and patience you can build up a profile as a desirable guest, but it takes time to build up relationships.

Having an outreach process can help you save time as well as find the best fit for you. It is also strongly recommended that you have a streamlined process for being booked as a guest, this can include scheduling tools, links to guest info and images and follow up processes. 

So what’s all the fuss about podcasts? 

According to Podcast Insights there are currently over 2,000,000 shows, and as of April 2021, there are 48 million episodes. 

That’s a lot of opportunities! And there really is a podcast for everyone – whether you are a listener or a potential guest. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so much choice, so avoid a stab in the dark approach, and make a plan so you have the best chance to get on the right shows. Your aim is for a seamless experience,  a win:win opportunity and overall fun and positive experience. 

I started my podcast earlier this year. My first episode of Business Chat launched in February and I am now up to episode 22. It may not sound like a lot, but podcasting is a slow and steady journey. 

Hosting my own podcast was on my ‘nice to have’ list for quite some time, and what held me back from getting started, was simply that the ‘why?’ was not strong enough. I wasn’t clear about the purpose of having a podcast (and justifying the additional work that came with it) and how having a podcast aligned with my overall business goals.

So, I resisted the urge to jump in and waited until some clarity came to me. I also had several discussions with business mentors and podcasters to find out what exactly is involved. 

One thing I did before having my own podcast was to be a guest on a podcast at least once per month, so my suggestion of having an outreach process to help you find the ideal show is tried and tested. 

Why be a guest on a podcast?

  1. You have the opportunity to add value to another audience, and share your knowledge whilst showcasing your area of expertise.

As a podcast guest you are building your credibility as a known and trusted expert.

  1. Podcasters do their best to make sure their show is successful. No one wants to be another podfade statistic. So your content is likely to be heavily promoted by the podcast host. They will do their best to highlight your episode so it’s a great opportunity for you to gain exposure to a different/broader listener base. Ideally, the podcast listeners are likely to be your ideal clients too. 
  1. You may get calls and leads leading to collaborations, additional guest opportunities and ultimately paid work. 

What to look for when searching for podcast guest opportunities 

With such a large volume of podcasts out there, how do you choose which ones may be a fit? 

I suggest you begin by identifying what podcast shows or hosts your ideal clients may be listening to. For example, if you are an expert speaker on finance and investing, then head to that category on your favourite podcast provider and listen to a few episodes to get a feel for the style. Bookmark the ones you like, or feel are a good fit (or add to favorites) and this is the beginning of your outreach list. 

Note the style of podcast too, as there is not much point reaching out to a podcast host who only has solo episodes.  Many podcasters have guest episodes and some do a mix of solo and guest interviews. 

Check out any star ratings and written reviews the podcast has as well as the number of episodes and the length of time the podcast has been online. Quality and consistency is key. A podcast host who publishes sporadically with an inconsistent approach may not be the right fit for you as they may not have a stable audience.  

When you listen to some episode, what do you feel?

Can you see yourself sitting opposite that person having a coffee and a chat (this is likely to be a virtual call but still good to think of it like a quality coffee conversation). You can only get a good vibe happening if you feel a connection to the other person. 

What about the quality? 

There is no right or wrong way, it is personal preference. I have listened to podcasts where the host has a mobile phone going off, cars, planes and pets in the background and generally poor quality audio. 

Does this distract from the message if the content is awesome? That is up to you! Personally, I am not interested in listening to or appearing on any podcast without quality audio. But for some of you, that might make it feel more authentic.   You need to feel aligned with the type of podcast before approaching them.  

What type of questions does the host ask guests? 

Does it sound more like a monologue, or is it a friendly, easy to listen to conversation? Do the questions sound prepared or read aloud, or is it a more organic style? I personally prefer the latter as I think it makes for better conversation. 

There are plenty of podcast booking platforms out there, some paid and some with free plans. I recently tried MatchMaker FM and it’s a very active platform. In fact, the first week I was bombarded with emails for guests who wanted to be on my podcast. 

With a planned approach to getting booked on podcasts, you will soon be a regular guest speaker on podcasts.   

In the next part of this blog series, I am going to outline an outreach strategy that will help your plan and approach to guest speaking and most importantly to help you ‘be delightful to work with’.

If you would like to do more guest speaking on podcasts or radio, but you lack confidence in public speaking, you can sign up to my newsletter list where I share lots of tips and tricks for public speaking and receive my new e-book “How to build your confidence and overcome nervousness”.

Check out my recent post on microphone tips for guest podcasting. 


About the author

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.

Microphone tips for guest speaking on podcast or radio

Microphone tips for guest speaking on podcast or radio

You’ve been invited to be a guest on a podcast (or radio interview), great news. Here are some super simple microphone tips for sounding your best.

Every speaker, every microphone and every situation is different. These are very general mic tips and apply to when you are in the studio with a podcast or radio host.

Bring the mic to you.

Sit or stand comfortably and then bring the microphone towards you. Aim to have your ears aligned with your shoulders. If you extend your head in towards the mic, your chin will jut out, your neck will stretch, and your pitch will change, so avoid this by moving towards the mic until you are positioned about a fist-width away. 

Let the mic do its job.

The microphone will carry your voice, and you don’t have to exert any effort for this to happen. There is no need to raise your voice or strain. You can test the mic before your interview. Speak at a level that you would during a relaxed conversation. Your podcast or radio host can adjust your volume accordingly. 

Be aware of plosives.

Plosives are those pesky popping sounds. Certain sounds will pop if you are speaking directly into the mic. Popping plosives include t,d,p,k,b,g. The sounds that pop the most are the unvoiced plosives, the t,p, and k.

If you speak across the mic rather than directly into it, there will be less air pressure pushed into the mic, and the plosive sounds will reduce. 

Avoid dry mouth noises.

If you are not well hydrated, clicking, snapping noises from your mouth will be heard as you speak. These sounds will be picked up and amplified by the mic.

Nervousness causes a dry mouth, so you need to up your fluid intake well before the interview. Aim to hydrate several hours before the interview.

Pro tip: having some balm on your lips, my favourite is paw paw lip balm, will help your lips glide and prevent lip-smacking noises. 

Warm-up your voice and body

A simple body warm-up to get centred and reduce tension will help you feel relaxed and ready. Vocal warm-up is important and doesn’t have to be long or arduous, some quick lip trills, jaw and face massage, and some quick tongue twisters

In this blog series, I’m sharing simple tips to make your guest speaking experience an enjoyable one. Other blogs in the series are: how to find guest speaking opportunities on podcasts and radio and how to be an ideal podcast (or radio) guest.

Lisa Evans is the host of the Business Chat Podcast, a weekly conversation with an inspiring leader in business. She is also the co-host of In Good Company, a weekly radio show on 89.7FM Perth


About the author

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.

5 Body Language Tips – Arms and Hands

5 Body Language Tips – Arms and Hands

When you take steps to improve your public speaking, there are many things to consider. Body language and, in particular, what to do with your arms and hands is one area.

It’s unlikely that you gave your arms or hands much thought before you decided to improve your presentation style; they do what they do. But when we are trying to learn or improve something, we become self-aware. And that can lead to feeling self-conscious and over-thinking.

The aim is to keep your arm gestures natural and fluid and ensure that your hands are not distracting. We want to come across as genuine, authentic and relaxed. 

Five things to do with your hands and arms

#1 Relax

If you feel stressed about speaking in public, you are most likely to hold tension in your upper body. This tension can result in your shoulders creeping up towards your ears and your arms pinned tightly to your sides. Stiff arms result in jerky and awkward looking movements, and this can result in having your hands moving in front of your face. 

Aim to get comfortable when you speak in public. Reducing any nervousness and including a breath, vocal, and body warm-up is essential for your public speaking success. Focus on adequate breathing rather than shallow high breaths, and you can adopt a simple breathing pattern such as box breathing.

If you fear public speaking and would like help to get comfortable, consider working with an experienced public speaking coach.

#2 Move with purpose

When people are nervous, their hands often flit about and fidget. When they’re confident, they are either still or move with intent. 

When you observe a speaker, you may notice they use on particular gesture repeatedly, or they may use gestures that distract rather than enhance. 

Give your hands some thought as part of your preparation to aim for natural movements that don’t take people away from focusing on your message.  

One way to accomplish a stillness in your upper body is to clasp both hands together in a relaxed pyramid (thumbs lightly touching at the top and fingers at the bottom). Then rest your hands around waist height. The pyramid is one resting position for your hands. However, I recommend mixing it up a bit, so it’s not the only resting position you use.

The ideal position for your hands is somewhere between your waist and your shoulders.

When Bill Clinton began his career in politics, he often used expansive, large arm gestures. Body language experts said that these gestures came across as untrustworthy. His communication advisors told him to imagine a box in front of his torso and contain his hand movements within that area. The “Clinton box” became a popular term.

#3 Own your space

When we feel stressed, we tend to shrink and make ourselves small —rounding the shoulders and adopting closed postures. Your arms may gravitate to a folded position, and you may default to clenching your fists or clasping your hands. These outwardly visible movements are a giveaway that you are not feeling confident. 

According to the psychologist, Dr Russ Harris, author of The Confidence Gap, the actions of confidence come before the feelings of confidence. We get to choose what we do with our hands; it’s an action of confidence. Despite feeling uncomfortable, we can avoid wrapping our arms around us and instead adopt a more resourceful posture. 

You may like to try power posing, made popular by social scientist Amy Cuddy . Your mindset and how you show up with open postures may help you feel more confident. It takes practice. 

When you present in a larger space with a bigger audience, then aim to match your arm gestures with more expansive movements. Your audience won’t see small hand gestures from the back of the room. Don’t be afraid to take up the space you need. 

#4 Record and review

Video is an excellent tool for reviewing your performance. The recording will enable you to assess your body language for congruency and bring any unnecessary movements or areas to address. Ideally, record every presentation you give; even if you record a few minutes, it is helpful to observe how your body reacts to any stressful situation. Some movements that you see on camera, you are probably not aware that you are doing.

When you review your video, consider the following,

  • Are my arm/hand movements smooth?
  • Do I have symmetry in my body, or am I using one arm/hand mainly?
  • Are my arm/hand movements supporting what I say, or are they distracting?
  • Are there any arm/hand movements that I repeatedly use?

Most importantly, aim for congruence so that your message and body language are aligned. 

#5 Consider your audience 

Knowing your audience is a vital part of presentation planning and delivery. When it comes to body language and hand gestures, some movements are taboo in some countries. 

The “Ok” sign is a familiar gesture to indicate a positive reaction, but in France, the symbol means “nil” or “worthless.” And, in Venezuela, Brazil, and Turkey, the gesture is offensive, especially to LGBTIQ+ people.

In summary, there is a lot to consider about your body language when learning to improve your public speaking. Aim to be as natural and authentic as you can. Develop your style and when you are setting out, try not to overthink. Record and review your talk so that you can observe and correct any stray or unwanted gestures. There are a number of articles in my blog series on non verbal communication that may interest you. Browse them here.


About the author

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.

Is a Fear of Public Speaking Holding You Back?

Is a Fear of Public Speaking Holding You Back?

If you want to get ahead in your career and fulfil your potential, you need to master the art of public speaking. You need to be able to clearly articulate your message, engage and inspire others and speak with confidence about what you do. 

This is true even if you don’t plan to give a formal presentation or get up on stage to present a TED talk. 

Unfortunately, fear of public speaking (or glossophobia as it is formally known) causes otherwise talented, motivated and highly driven individuals like you to hit that ceiling because they don’t have these essential soft skills their industry needs. 

If you are one of the many people who fear public speaking, you may feel like you are overlooked in the workplace and are ignored when it comes to promotions, and you avoid pushing yourself to achieve your best because that fear is always there. 

What causes this fear of public speaking, and how can we overcome our nerves, become influential public speakers and start grabbing our career opportunities with both hands? Let’s have a closer look. 

Why are so many of us afraid of public speaking? 

According to a 1999 study, a surprising 77% of people feel anxious, nervous or even afraid of public speaking. While many can control their nerves effectively, others find that it becomes a full-blown phobia. 

These feelings are always based on fear. We’re afraid that we’ll say something stupid or embarrassing, forget what we want to say, feel self-conscious or that we won’t be able to hide our nerves and that our audience will notice the truth. Perhaps we previously had a negative experience with public speaking, which planted that seed of doubt in our heads, and now we’re afraid that the same will happen again. 

But as you’ll know all too well, if you’ve ever felt those butterflies in your stomach as you prepare to speak, it’s not only psychological- our bodies also react to the fear

This triggers your autonomic nervous system to kick into action and respond to what it perceives as a threat, and it gives us all those physical symptoms of fear such as a dry mouth, shaking, high blood pressure, nausea, and so on. 

Let’s recap. You experienced those thoughts that you were going to mess up or make a fool of yourself by speaking in public. The experience turned to fear, which triggered those horrible, uncomfortable and even debilitating physical sensations and left us feeling worse than ever. We’re unable to focus, more likely to make mistakes, forget what we’re saying and quite understandable, and start avoiding these kinds of situations. 

Breaking free from this cycle of fear

As you may have noticed, the whole cycle of fear mentioned above starts with your thoughts and beliefs, or in other words, your mindset. It is all that stands between you and becoming a successful public speaker. Learn to master your mindset, and you can become an engaging, inspiring public speaker who feels comfortable in front of a crowd. 

The fastest and most effective way to break is this cycle is to invest in yourself and work with an experienced coach to guide you and help you manage your nervousness and step into your best self when it comes to speaking in front of others. 

As an experienced coach who has worked with thousands of leaders (and someone who used to feel extremely nervous about speaking in public, I can provide you with the support and guidance you need. Let’s make a time to chat about how I can help you.

You can also use the A-B-C Technique to help you deal with your fear of public speaking. 

1. Accept that your feelings are normal

The feelings associated with nervousness, including racing heart, shallow breathing, sweating, trembling and so on, are part of the classic fight, flight or freeze response. It’s a normal physiological response to stress (real or perceived). When you feel this, it means you have a functioning body that is doing its job. 

Instead of trying to fight those feelings as they enter your body, simply acknowledge and accept what’s going on.

2. Breathe: use the square breathing technique

There are a couple of simple and effective breathing techniques that are of great help when you are waiting to speak, and you can feel the tension rise in your body. 

Here is the Square Breathing Technique. It’s an effective tool to regulate your breathing, get you to focus and make sure your breath out is complete. 

  • Imagine a square frame around your head and shoulders.
  • Start at any corner.
  • Trace with your finger or with your mind along each side.
  • Breathe in on the count of 4 (one side of the square)
  • Hold your breath for the count of 4 (one side of the square)
  • Breathe out to the count of 4 (one side of the square)
  • Hold to the count of 4 (one side of the square)
  • Each side of the square and each breath and hold has equal time.

3. Change your mindset

Instead of thinking of public speaking as something to be feared, think of it as an opportunity to serve.

Every time you step up and speak, you are there to serve, to share your knowledge and wisdom with others.  

It’s not about you. You are the medium, and the message is the crucial thing. 

Instead of public speaking, think of it as public-serving. 

Summary

By mastering your mindset and using proven strategies to control your fear and improve your public speaking skills, you can become an engaging, inspiring and confident communicator who exceeds their expectations and gets the promotions they deserve. 

As a qualified Neurolinguisitic Programing Practioner and Speaker Coach, I have a range of practical tools and strategies that have helped hundreds of people conquer a fear of public speaking.

If you are ready to get over being afraid of speaking and you want to forge ahead with high-level public speaking, then lets chat. 


About the author

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.

6 Ways to Boost Your Executive Presence

6 Ways to Boost Your Executive Presence

Executive presence is the leadership quality that will help you become the leader that others can’t help but notice. It helps you to inspire confidence in others and demonstrate your capability, reliability and potential as a leader. 

It’s built on three pillars; how you act, how you look and how you speak and includes your attitude, confidence, non-verbal communication, emotional intelligence, public speaking skills, and even your personal brand. 

When you improve your executive presence, you’ll be more likely to stand out from your peers and be offered the kinds of opportunities that you deserve. Working with an executive coach who is experienced in helping leaders boost their confidence and influence with executive presence characteristics will make a significant difference to your performance. 

In the meantime, here are 6 tips that can help you get started. 

1. Polish your speaking and presentation skills

If you want to improve or boost your executive presence and increase your confidence, you must work on improving your speaking skills. When you can speak with clarity, you will share your message more effectively, appear to be more confident and, perhaps most importantly, inspire your audience and connect with them on a deeper level. 

It’s not only the words that you use that will have an impact, but how you deliver that message will determine the way in which it is received. Working on your leadership voice is part of developing your executive presence.

Leaders who speak too quickly or too slowly, use a monotonous voice, speak in a high pitch or don’t articulate the words clearly are likely to miss the mark. Own your voice, speak up and be heard. 

2. Develop your confidence

Confidence is one of the most important ‘soft skills’ you’ll need to become an inspiring leader and develop executive presence. When you can demonstrate quiet confidence, and move with energy and intention, you will inspire a sense of trust and senior management will be more likely to sit up and notice you. 

However, many of my coaching clients feel that their lack of confidence is permanent and they will never be able to work through it, but as I explain to them, this certainly isn’t the case. There are many tricks and techniques we can use to help you control your nervousness, cultivate confidence and stand out from your peers. 

Learn to speak with confidence by attending my one day training course in Perth.

3. Use the power of non-verbal communication

Strong, positive body language is essential when it comes to building your credibility, connecting with your listeners and again, inspiring confidence. Here are some tips that can help you boost your skills:

  • Prepare: know your message and practice speaking beforehand.
  • Visualise: imagine yourself speaking with confidence and presence. 
  • Make eye contact: whether you’re speaking to just a few people or a larger audience, making eye contact will help you build your executive presence.
  • Be present: remember that you’re there to deliver a message. It’s not about you.
  • Stand confidently: keep your feet hip-distance apart and your feet firmly grounded. Relax your shoulders. 

4. Create a positive first impression 

Did you know that it takes people just a few seconds to decide a person’s characteristics when they meet them for the first time? 

This includes traits like trustworthiness, competence, charisma and likeability that are critical for building business relationships and growing a successful career. When a person believes that you are professional, you’re more likely to be presented with new career opportunities and foster growth. 

To maximise your impact, start by tweaking your appearance. Dress to impress. Be neatly groomed at all times and wear the correct style of clothing for your industry, culture and level of formality. 

5. Showcase your personal brand 

Effective personal branding can provide you with a winning advantage when it comes to your career, especially during these uncertain times. It’s practically impossible to succeed in the modern world unless you are maximising your impact in this way. Be proactive and ensure that you’re maximising the impact of yours. Consider the following:

  • How are you showing up online and offline? 
  • Are you using social media to showcase your expertise? 
  • Do you have an up-to-date profile picture on LinkedIn? 
  • What does Google say about you? 
  • Are you grabbing public speaking opportunities to share your message? 
  • How effectively do you network
  • How do you dress?

Each of these factors will affect your personal brand and allow you to promote yourself and your expertise more effectively. 

6. Build your self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence

Effective leaders are always aware of how emotions can influence the outcome of any relationship or negotiation. They are aware of their own emotions, how they can impact others and how they can effectively manage them for best effect. They also make the effort to notice other people’s emotions, demonstrate great empathy and can resolve conflicts effectively. 

The great news is that emotional intelligence isn’t a skill that you need to be born with. You can improve your soft skills by tuning in to your emotions and noticing how to respond in stressful situations or when faced with conflict or change. Also, get feedback from others to understand how you are perceived by others and be willing to make any changes needed to help you develop your executive presence and grow your career. 

Summary

Building your executive presence involves much more than becoming an effective leader. By improving your public speaking skills, growing your confidence, harnessing the power of non-verbal communication, creating a positive first impression, improving your personal brand and building your Emotional Intelligence, you can inspire confidence and trust so you can build your professional career.

I can help you master the art of executive presence and fulfil your potential. Contact me today to find out more.


About the author

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.