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Gaining Corporate 'Presence'

  Q. EVRERYONE TALKS ABOUT “PRESENCE”—walking into a room like a leader and making everyone notice you. I know I’ll need it for a successful career, and I wish I had it. But I’m young and new to corporate politics. Where do I start? What can I do to start standing out in a good way?\

A. ACT LIKE A LEADER TO look like a leader, advises Beverly Jones, author of “Think Like An Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO.” Make a list of things you admire about leaders, such as reliability, honesty and positive attitude. Look at it often, so they will begin to be part of your own demeanor. Organize your work, papers, memos, and assignments, so you are always ready to perform without searching through a mess. This will make you appear to be “in charge.” Think about whether you need a “makeover” or at least some sprucing up in the personal care and wardrobe departments. If so, get that done so you look professional. Learn to make a presentations. If you have speech or communication problems, get professional coaching. At least pretend to be confident, and speak with assurance. That projects “leadership.”

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