It doesn’t take long to notice that some people stand out and get noticed in a business setting. Whether it’s a staff meeting, a client discussion or even a social hour, we notice people who seem confident and comfortable. And if you look closely, those impressions of confidence are driven by an open and settled body and a full and measured tone to their voice. It’s why they get heard when they speak and noticed when they enter a room. Confidence isn’t just a skill for leaders; it’s a differentiator that strengthens any employee’s personal brand and impact in an organization.
This program introduces the foundational skills of personal presence and the choices that can influence impressions. It starts with your personal brand and evaluating how people experience you in a business setting.
Content – Most listeners give a communicator about 30 seconds to set a message and direction for their storyline. An effective communicator learns how to format ideas to frame a message and set the structure quickly to keep the listener(s) involved. We teach how to organize a storyline, create a compelling message and leverage stories to be sure sound bites are heard and remembered.
Style – Personal style, is presence, the ability to engage an individual or a group from the start of a conversation. An effective communicator comes across as confident and credible, conveying a sense of commitment to their topic and a personal interest in connecting the topic to each listener. The SW&A approach to style teaches the intentional choices communicators make to deliver on those impressions.
Situational – While the tools stay the same, the situations don’t. Every communicator thinks about their audience differently from those who interact with small groups to those who deliver keynote speeches. They think about outcomes differently, too. From meetings that generate discovery to recommendations that gain approval. That’s why the third dimension of our work applies the fundamentals to specific situations. It helps a communicator shift from competence in their skills to consistent outcomes in their communication.