Executive Presence – Getting Ready!

I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to present to 2 groups from the Academy of Chief Executives on Monday. I feel honoured and privileged to so do. They’ve asked me to take a snapshot of 15 minutes out of a 3 hour seminar and send on a profile of what I’m doing and who I am.

Here it is:

Executive Presence:
This session is focused on learning a level of engagement that makes people stand out as compelling and exceptional. I show how easy it is to become magnetic, charismatic and inspiring to affect the unconscious decision-making process of others.


  • To learn why it’s important to have Executive Presence
  • To recognise the characteristics of Executive Presence
  • To discuss the strategies that enhance ‘presence’, charisma and gravitas and their application in the life of a CEO
  • To observe the impact ‘Executive Presence’ can have on others as an instrument of influence


  • Learn deep relaxation techniques to access unconscious tools
  • Members develop a thorough understanding of why to employ such tools and when to employ them
  • Members learn techniques and practice them to enhance their own Executive Presence

Anrah Training and Development help leaders of organisations learn how to win influence. They apply the 4 Principles of Influence in their work:

  1. Train to develop unsinkable self confidence
  2. Educate to manage the broadcast of unconscious communication
  3. Help executives know what others are thinking
  4. Promote the management of the Personal Brand

Sarah McCloughry has been a successful leader in theatre, teaching, psychotherapy and coaching. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and won distinctions for her acting and voice training, taught for 11 years and for 26 ran a popular Oxford hypnotherapy practice. She has applied 40 years of experience into what she calls “the inner game of leadership”.

Clients include: Committee on Climate Change, Stockholm Environment Institute, Who’s Who and Barclays Commercial.

I’ll be spending all day Saturday preparing myself – rehearsing in my mind what I want to say and what effect I want to give my audience. I’ll also be thinking about how I can vary the pace, at what points I want to move or stand still, where I want to pause (to underline my meaning) and how to capture their imaginations.

I can’t pretend I’m not nervous. And it doesn’t get better with practice either! It can be so easy for nerves to get in the way of one’s message. However nowadays I like to call it excitement and mostly find it useful to heighten my performance. In fact, I like the feeling of risk to keep me sharp and motivated. Though take it from me, I shall be practising self hypnosis and other relaxation techniques to keep me focused too.

Wish me luck!


About anrah

Anrah is a business development consultancy specialising in helping senior women in engineering and science, their teams and doctoral students increase 'presence', improve communication and generate impact to win stakeholder buy-in at the highest level.
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