As a leader, it is important that you command attention during your meetings. By engaging your colleagues’ attention, you can communicate more effectively and get more things done during meetings. This ability is executive presence. Some people think that this is a natural gift, but it is actually a skill.
Be Prepared and Poised
A person with executive presence is calm, composed, and poised whenever they present during a meeting. You can achieve this by taking a second before the meeting to compose yourself. More importantly, you need to spend extra time to prepare yourself. Anticipate common questions and concerns in advance, so you can get ready with an answer. It also helps if you use one of our meeting rooms in Arlington, VA. They are fully furnished and equipped to suit your needs.
Mind Your Voice and Body Language
It is also important to speak in a loud, clear, and firm tone. Speak up and mind what you have to say. Avoid fluffy language or rambling. It is better to stay quiet than to just talk to fill the silence. You also need to mind your body language. Look engaged; sit or stand tall throughout the meeting. To portray confidence, maintain eye contact when talking to people.
To impress your colleagues or guests consider booking our conference center in Arlington, VA. We designed this space to improve meetings, so you can be sure that people will hear you. It also feature ergonomic Herman Miller® seating to ensure that people will stay comfortable and engaged. This will also help them listen to your every word.
Make People Feel Special
Finally, it is important to make others feel special. As the leading choice for office space and meeting space in Arlington, VA, we have helped many businesses succeed. One thing we have noticed is how successful business leaders listen thoughtfully. Listening and paying attention to the person you are speaking with makes them feel valuable. It also makes them want to listen to you.
Through practice, you can master these skills and command the attention of everyone during the meeting. Metro Offices is there to support you all the way with our meeting space and office space solutions. We can provide you with the right environment to improve your meetings and increase employee productivity. Call us at (703) 871-5208 to learn more about achieving executive presence.