How to command authority with a strong vocal presence

In meetings, when delivering a speech or even talking on the phone, your physicality and tone are vital components of engaging your listeners and making sure your message lands fully.

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Do you “speak with presence”?

In 2012, the Center for Talent Innovation published a now-famous study about executive presence.

The study, based on interviews with thousands of people, concluded that executive presence depends on getting three things right: appearance, communication and gravitas (itself a set of behaviors).

“How you look, how you speak, and how you act turn out to be critical to your success,” the report concludes, “at every step in your career journey.”

Now, in her latest book, “Presence, Amy Cuddy takes this a step further and shows us how our bodies lead and our emotions and minds follow. Remember that leadership pose she demonstrated in her first TED talk? Do that, and you will immediately feel more gravitas; your audience will, too. The same is true for sitting up straight and leaning in at the table in a meeting, or on the phone even when no one can see you.

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