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Executive Presence—Do You Have It? with Marla Harr

NSA-Arizona Living Room Forum

To further enhance and improve a speaker’s career, NSA-Arizona offers monthly Living Room Forums, which are more intimate events featuring industry experts that are held in private homes or businesses. They are the perfect opportunity for attendees to participate in topics of interest while developing the tools and techniques to grow professionally or to improve areas where they have prior experience.

Because LRF is a smaller venue with a more relaxed and casual setting, you will find it offers attendees a higher level of dialogue with more opportunities for questions, conversations, and action-item takeaways ready for implementation.

The LRF is offered exclusively to members and guests of the NSA-Arizona Chapter.

Executive Presence—Do You Have It?

Facilitator: Marla Harr

Date: April 25, 2018
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Home of Marla Harr
24th St. and Lincoln Dr.

Professionals are judged on their presence as well as on their performance. As speakers, we feel confident in our performance on-stage, but how would you rate yourself on “presence” off-stage?

So, what is “executive presence”? You know it when you see it, you can feel it and then wonder what it is, and question how you can get it.

Presence is the rich mix of confidence, poise, and genuineness—someone who is the real deal.

Executive Presence is not about performance; rather, it’s about image, how you show yourself to others. Studies have shown you have 5 seconds to make a first impression good or bad or neutral. Think of where you interact with others making that first impression: a networking event, NSA or other professional conference, initial phone conversation with a potential client or in line getting coffee. How you present yourself off-stage is important to the business side of speaking, building your brand, your client base, and your following.

A successful speaking business is made on relationships that are built on trust, likability and ability, in short, on Executive Presence.

This discussion will be interactive, informative and fun.

Your take-a-ways will be:

  • Learn what behaviors comprise each of the three pillars of presence:
    Poise—how you act
    Presentation—how you communicate, verbal and written
    Polish—how you look, your image
  • Understand how the three P’s are intertwined and are not stand-alone pillars
  • Cultivate the most important of the three

Marla Harr is owner and chief consultant for Business Etiquette International. Certified and trained by the Protocol School of Washington® and backed by more than three decades of corporate management and educational development. She brings both the entrepreneurial spirit and corporate professionalism that helps individuals to grow and to develop their own style.

After graduating from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio she began her career in retail management holding executive positions in human resources, training & development and information technology transfer.

She changed careers and entered the meeting and event industry as a meeting planner and is a CMP.

Marla has authored two books: From Campus to Corporate – Soft Skills and Etiquette Skills to Transition with Confidence and From Courage to Courtesy – Soft Skills and Etiquette Tips for the Fire Service.

She is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University and California State University.

The Living Room Forum meets from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Seating is limited.
Cost: $15 members $25 Guests
Registration and payment required by Monday, April 23; no refunds.
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Noelle Stanley chairs the 2018 Living Room Forum Committee

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