Gravitas, presence – what do those words mean to you? They often come with an air of mystery and magic, something difficult to define and probably unattainable. To read a dictionary definition, click here.

Yes, there are some people who innately have gravitas. However, the good news is there are ways to increase it and they are learnable – all of us can improve the impact we have on others, particularly in our professional capacity, to be viewed with increased credibility.

First, let’s think about the positive outcome of having gravitas. After all, if you are going to work on it, it’s worth thinking about why having gravitas is beneficial.

Which of these positives would benefit you?

  1. Increasing your external gravitas helps you to increase your personal confidence – something we all need in our professional lives.
  2. You’ll get people’s attention quicker and keep it.
  3. You’re more likely to get the answer you want from your audience, whether that be a group or an individual.
  4. You’ll feel happier in your work life as spending time working on your gravitas means you need to focus on what you do and why (what you enjoy about it).
  5. You’ll be more memorable and be the ‘go to’ person when someone needs an expert in your field.

As you go to meetings and presentations this week, think about how much gravitas others have. If they have a lot in your opinion, start to think about why that is. What makes the difference? How about those who don’t? Why is that?

To read my article with 7 tips to increase your gravitas, click here.
I’ll give you a clue, personal brand and image are a big part of it. To read more about personal brand, click here. If you want to discuss further, contact Joanna to book a no obligation 30 minute Career Booster session.

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