Books Slideshow: 10 Ways to Elevate Your Professional Presence

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-26-2012

Declarative Power

Pick and choose times to make statements about what your department will do, and then do them.

Declarative Power

Positive Expression

Avoid phrases like "we may" or "we could" and turn them into "we will."

Positive Expression

Self-Evaluation

Tape record yourself conversing, and review it to see if you sound assured and decisive, or wishy-washy.

Self-Evaluation

Memorable Moment

Find select moments for strategic "shocker" statements: provocative remarks that demands attention and resonate with colleagues.

Memorable Moment

On Point

Stay disciplined in verbal and electronic exchanges. You are judged by the words you use and tone you convey.

On Point

Standing Tall

Practice vertical posture habits to make yourself look larger (meaning sit up straight and don't slouch when you stand).

Standing Tall

Inquiring Minds

Engage others by asking questions about their background, insights, interests and so on. Everyone likes to talk about themselves.

Inquiring Minds

Declarative Power - Page 8

A Fine BalanceUnderstand that presence is created by standing out while still aligning with company culture and strategies.

Declarative Power - Page 8

Core Values

Keep in mind what matters most to others you influence: professional status, certainty, autonomy, topic and task relevance and fairness.

Core Values

Building Bridges

Your acts toward others establish trust. But it takes time for trust to take hold.

Building Bridges