Ever wondered what it’s like to be in the same room with Oprah, the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton? It’s like being caught in the gravitational force of a small planet. I can very gratefully thank a career in television journalism for each of these outer body experiences. All three are compelling communicators with one thing in common – through decades of diligence, they built a degree of unprecedented competence in their respected fields. The automatic side effect of this expertise is a strong sense of self-assurance, self-belief, a sense of natural authority and presence. I call this category of people the ‘super-set’.
They are truly powerful because they are bold enough to show us who they really are without apology. And they’re open to concepts, ideas and new information that could challenge them on any level, which never tips them into the arrogant zone. Talk about hitting the sweet spot. For many of us aspiring to a higher level of presence, a blueprint to building confidence can be narrowed to three steps.
In my practice training women to communicate with authority, the worst advice I hear is ‘fake it til you make it.’ I say, let’s give ourselves a chance at building true and lasting belief. Let’s ‘wing it til we bring it’ instead.
A former US and Middle East foreign correspondent, Andrea Clarke now runs a career development program for women across corporate Australia. The next CareerCEO program begins 1st August.
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