Presence. That indefinable but immediately recognizable quality that compels you to pay attention.
It’s not about being loud or self-centered, but about quiet confidence. Clarity. And knowing your value without having to convince everyone you meet.
Increasing your presence is actually easier than it sounds. Master these simple habits to boost your presence:
Speak thoughtfully. Instead of–live or online–jumping into every conversation with your point of view, choose wisely. “A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks”. Being thoughtful is good, perhaps more so with so many channels now surrounding us with noise.
Engage. When you do speak, make your primary goal to understand the other person. Even if they never ask you a question, they will remember you as “that brilliant conversationalist”. That’s how rare and valuable it is to have someone listen to and understand us.
Align your outside with your inside. Quiet, studious, technical professional? Wear sober, great-fitting clothes (no wrinkles, spills or tatters) appropriate to your industry. Add one unusual detail as your signature. An eye-catching pair of glasses. The perfect pair of statement shoes. A bold pocket square. Just be sure it truly fits you.
Boost your presence, boost your impact, boost your audience.