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The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others Hardcover – November 18, 2011
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“If you decide that your comfort zone has become a ho-home zone, Hedges offers a 5-step personal change agent program.” -- Jim Pawlak, Career Moves
Everyone recognizes leaders with “presence.” They stand out for their seemingly innate ability to command attention and inspire commitment. But what is this secret quality they exude, exactly?
Executive and CEO coach Kristi Hedges demystifies this elusive trait, revealing that leadership presence is the intersection of outward influencing skills and internal mental conditioning. Using her I-Presence model, the author shows how anyone—regardless of position or personality—can strengthen their impact. Readers will learn how to build trust as the foundation for leadership, eschew perfectionism for authenticity, banish limiting thoughts and behaviors, and galvanize their team through visionary, inspiring communications.
Stellar technical knowledge, a strong work ethic, excellent presentation skills—none of these tangible traits puts people on the career fast track as readily as a compelling presence. Filled with profiles of leaders with powerful presence and the latest neuroleadership research translated into actionable habits, this authoritative guide puts a little-understood, but potentially game-changing, tool within everyone’s reach.
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If you have been seeking an authoritative source which not only clearly defines presence but also gives very specific steps to develop your presence, The Power of Presence by Kristi Hedges is your answer. The book is based on Ms. Hedges in depth personal experience from running her own PR firm, providing executive coaching and facilitating high level workshops. Her advice is solid, includes lots of real life examples, is well organized, presented in a straightforward manner and is easy to understand.
The book is well written and fairly easy to read. However there is a lot of information to absorb. Thankfully at the end of each chapter, she summarizes the important points covered. And the final chapter is a Cliffs Notes summary of all the concepts presented in the book. So you will not need to go back through the entire book to refresh your memory about any particular point or topic. Having said that, I do believe most people would gain additional valuable insight by a second reading after a reasonable time interval.
Ms. Hedges presents the material as a three part program: The first is Intention, you need to set your intentions before a meeting, presentation, etc. The second part is Individual - how to forge strong relationships and build trust. The third part is Inspiration - how to motivate so that people want to follow your lead.
While there is extremely valuable and insightful information throughout the entire book, there are some specific passages I would like to comment on.Read more ›
"And even without clucking like a hen.
Everyone gets noticed now and then
Unless of course that person it should be
Invisible, inconsequential me...."
Most people in most situations lack the ability to attract favorable attention. They feel invisible. Worse yet, many feel they deserve to be ignored because they are "inconsequential." Fortunately, Kristi Hedges has developed what she c alls "I-Presence, a model I have found to be the `secret sauce' of executive presence. It is equal parts communication aptitude, mental attitude, and authentic style. It combines a supportive inner mindset with the outer skills needed to create the natural, confident, consistent leadership presence." Actually, the information, insights, and recommendations that Hedges provides (with appropriate modification) can help almost anyone, including but not limited to executives) to develop with she characterizes as "intentional presence."
Specifically, "understanding how you want to be perceived and subsequently communicating in a manner so that you will be perceived the way you want. It means aligning your thoughts with your words and your actions. And it requires a keen understanding of your true, authentic self, as well as your impact on others." In essence, Hedges offers to help her reader to complete a process by which to develop these separate but interdependent capabilities:
o 100% fulfillment of one's potentialities
o 360º perspective on interaction between one's self and one's environment
o moral compass for what is right...Read more ›
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to be more effective at influencing and believe it will be effective at any level of management. Even Tiger Woods takes coaching and it's difficult for executives who are pretty good in this area to benefit from most of the basic books out there. But just like for Tiger, this book can break down the swing mechanics for someone pretty good at the game and help you stay in the fairway even more often.
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This book provided me with much food for thought. I loved the blend of theory and practical application throughout this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marie E Paydon
This book provides Real help for real people. It offers authentic explanations and guidance I will use every day. I will add it to my reading list for my clients.Published 7 months ago by B.
Outstanding book. Very practical and good application of techniques and use case.Published 9 months ago by Mychal D. kempt
Some very easy to understand principles. Several years later and the inconsistent use of the basics have still yielded great results in both my professional and personal life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rowen Stewart Hodge