If you haven’t been getting ahead professionally or struggling in your confidence to do so, potentially it’s time to look to yourself. Smart career minded professionals refuse to settle, choosing instead to seek the assistance and support needed to take them to that next level of success. This support can come in many forms, including a mentor relationship, attending conferences or courses within your industry, participating in a private or corporate sponsored leadership program, or hiring a personal executive coach.
WHY CONSIDER A PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE COACH
The ‘Why’ first comes in understanding the power that presence, the manner in which you look, act, speak, dress, and appear digitally, possesses. You have most likely read or heard “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”, but unfortunately, we do. Statistics tell us that visual impact occurs in the first 7 – 20 seconds of an impression. Many times, with unconscious final decisions made in the mind of the individual or group that you are in front of before you have uttered a word.
Next, the process of coaching lends itself to making lasting change. With a series of private (or group) sessions a professional presence coach becomes a partner in your success – assisting in developing self- confidence, credibility, and a successful professional identity/personal brand. Through spaced repetition and coaching, along with assignments and activities that serve as reinforcement of commitments made, the coachee is transformed from the inside out.
According to David Ulrich, Director of Academic Programs for the School of Business Administration for U of M, “85% of change efforts fail to achieve their intended results.” Why? Because they are onetime events with little or no built in accountability and aimed to achieve shotgun results. Coaching, on the other hand, is specifically targeted to the needs of the individual and achieves observable, measurable, lasting results.
KNOWING WHEN YOU’RE READY
Timing is everything. Questions to think through, and get solid answers too, when considering if coaching is your next step include:
- Are you ready to get to work yourself? An effort must be made on your part.
- Are you willing to invest, both in time and funds, knowing that your personal ROI will be big?
- Are you ready to be accountable and set excuses aside?
- Are you willing to finish the process? Staying the course to learn, change, and create lasting results.
THE BENEFITS ARE MANY
Know that YOU have the power to create confidence, the power to create poise, and the power to create a strategic presence to achieve every success that you desire.
“YOU are your best asset” – Kelly Duggan
The differentiator is in the professional that pays attention to the details that create success. For those that make the effort, and take the time to learn and grow, the benefits will be many. Reputation, and how you feel on the inside, is a gift that you give yourself.
Remember, the smart career minded professional refuses to settle. If you’re looking to get more out of your career and personal life, professional presence coaching can help. Are you ready to make your mark and be the professional others aspire to be?
Kelly Duggan is an Image Consultant specializing in executive and personal image development, etiquette & communication skills. She is a certified member of the Association of Image Consultants International. Contact Kelly at: www.kellyduggan.com.