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The Presence of Gravitas: How Deliberate Pacing makes People Take Note

An important aspect of gravitas is the ability to command attention. And that means having ‘presence’. That’s to say, people won’t take what you say seriously, unless they first notice you are there.

So, presence is a key part of gravitas. And, in the context of coming across with weight and authority, what matters most in having presence is your pacing. Not slow, ponderous pacing, but deliberate pacing that shows you are in control of your every action and word.

Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Point*.
(See below for more details)

This video is part of course module number 1.5.6
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 5: Personal Impact
Section 6: Gravitas

Primary videos that precede this video include:
– Presence, Charisma, Gravitas: What’s the Difference? https://youtu.be/J2-3LpacQhM
– The Trust Equation – Gravitas needs Trust https://youtu.be/ikVmmhONXig
– Credibility: Gain Gravitas through Knowledge and Experience https://youtu.be/KeR72NWxfB4

The Next video to watch is:
– Speaking with the Voice of Authority: How it Builds Gravitas https://youtu.be/EefSdq4P3qo
– The Power of Silence: How to Use it to Enhance Your Gravitas https://youtu.be/A3WpgR6biu4
– Style and Presentation to Enhance Your Gravitas https://youtu.be/IeRlYtS-5iU

In this video, we look at deliberate presence and confident pacing. This means an economy of movement and deliberateness in your actions and your use of words. You need to be able to slow down and, for maximum professional impact, master the art of stillness.

The four tips for real presence and gravitas that this video explains are:
1. Slow down to convey authority
2. Take deep breaths to feel and appear relaxed and centered
3. Stillness – fight the fidget that betrays a lack of confidence, and show yourself to be in control
4. Keep calm and poised, especially when the pressure increases and others get nervous

Continue your Personal Confidence Log from the last videos:
1. First, reflect on your normal behavior. How good are you now at: slowing down, breathing well, keeping still, and remaining calm under pressure? (1 MC CPD Point)
2. Which of these will you work on first? (1 MC CPD Point)
3. Over the next week (5 working days) observe your behavior with other people, regarding that one factor. Be deliberate in taking control of your pace, breathing, movements, or calm? (2 MC CPD Points)
4. At the end of the week, review what you have learned. Select what you will work on for the next week (it could be the same thing). (1 MC CPD Point)
5. Repeat for another 5 days (2 MC CPD Points)
6. …and review. (1 MC CPD Point)

Free Resources
– CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Paid resources
– Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)

– Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges https://geni.us/SCerYBh
– Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO https://geni.us/QqYV

Management Courses Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points
You can record your Management Courses CPD points on our free, downloadable CPD record log.
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Each video has two levels of MC CPD points. For this video:
– If you simply watched the video, record 2 MC CPD points
– If you also carried out all of the recommended exercises, score a total of 10 MC CPD points

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Avoid Leaking Authority and Giving up Gravitas
Structure Your Comments: 5 Ways to Enhance your Authority
Style and Presentation to Enhance Your Gravitas
The Power of Silence: How to Use it to Enhance Your Gravitas
Speaking with the Voice of Authority: How it Builds Gravitas
Credibility: Gain Gravitas through Knowledge and Experience
The Trust Equation – Gravitas needs Trust
How to Build Rapport (Develop your Charisma)
How to be Likeable (Develop your Charisma)
The 7 Elements of Charisma
Physical Presence – Creating the Impression you are Completely Present
Mental Presence – Being there, mentally
Presence, Charisma, Gravitas: What’s the Difference?
Confidence – 10 Tips to Act with Confidence
Confidence – How You Can Feel Confident
Confidence – The Basics & Basis of Confidence
Assertiveness – What to Say to be Assertive
Assertiveness – Recognize Passive, Aggressive, & Assertive Behaviors
Assertiveness – What are Passive, Aggressive & Assertive?
First Impression – How to Use Posture and Gesture
Make a Good First Impression – Positive Attitude
First Impression – Appearance: How to Look the Part

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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