For 20 years, presence has been not just my profession but also my passion. And it’s been a winding path that’s led me here.

In my career, I’ve been the person behind the leader. I’ve worn a few different hats: CEO coach, entrepreneur, public relations executive, corporate marketer, and political consultant. In each role, I’ve been privy to what goes on with leaders as they struggle to motivate, inspire, and impress audiences as small as one and as large as one million. I’ve seen the anxiety, heard the lack of confidence, throttled back runaway egos, and managed the stage fright.

Somewhere along the line I also became a leader, running ...

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