mentoring – Public Presence Agency – Brand Yourself Art of Building a Unique Brand Around Yourself Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:40:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Validation Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:40:34 +0000 Confidence is contagious. People who exhibit confidence in what they are doing & saying are more likely to have others believe and trust in them. What you need to gain confidence in your public presence is feedback not validation. In the history of public speaking nobody has ever improved by being told “that was good.” It is through honest feedback on how you are coming across and how your message is resonating,  that you will gain confidence in your public presence abilities.

A good start is to give yourself small wins. Instead of immediately setting a big goal, try setting a lot of smaller ones. You can either say “I will be a great public speaker” or instead say “I will use my voice to project enthusiasm when I speak” and “I will use the whole room when presenting to showcase my confidence.” These small goals are both definable and can be validated via feedback by a trusted source.

Find a person you trust and ask them to pay attention to your behaviors when you next present. Have them give you two things that you are doing well and two things that you can work on. This can be how you come across or the words that you are using to persuade others. It will be difficult not to focus only on what needs improving but look at the things you are doing well. The behaviors that are working for you are critical to your success. These are bright spots that you can put into the win column and continue to use to your advantage. Do not discard or diminish their importance.

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Don’t Stop Investing in Yourself Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:25:24 +0000 I have two children who are both involved in a variety of activities that all include having a coach. The coach teaches them skills that they use both for the sport and life. Why do we invest so heavily in those that are young but then stop investing in ourselves as we get older?

Mentoring & coaching is as critical to you now as it was when you were young. Having a trusted advisor to help guide you through the business struggles you face can be the difference between success and failure.

If you have a high level position in a company it is likely that you will never know the truth about how you come across to those you work with. People will not tell you if your presentation was terrible or that you give them mixed messages. When asking for feedback you will be greeted with a smile and “that was good.” Sometime what you most need to hear is the truth because that is the only way we can improve. If you are just entering the work force it is likely that you will be judged on your daily performance well before an actual review. Who, other than a coach or mentor will show you were you need improvement but also highlight the area’s you excel?

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