CHAPTER 1

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What Are You Thinking?

Executive presence begins in your head. It resides in how you think about yourself, your abilities, your environment, and your potential.

Nearly everyone has an excellent presence; it may simply manifest itself in another part of your life. Perhaps you are charismatic and confident as your son’s baseball coach, or you are empathetic and inspiring to your best friend. You give a bang-up speech at your college friend’s 40th birthday party, or have just the right words to encourage your sister.

Intentionality is the driver of presence. All the communication tips in the world won’t make up for your thought patterns ...

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