“Owning the Room”

Confidence.  What does it look like?  It is professional boxer, Muhammad Ali declaring that he is the greatest boxer of all time , and then going out to prove it by beating opponents no one thought he could.  It is sprinter,  Usain Bolt declaring himself to be the fastest in the world and then going out and setting a world record of by running 100 meters in just 9.58 seconds.  What does it look like?  It is women’s professional soccer legend,  Abby Wambach calling for the ball in tied match when the time is running out then putting it in the net.  The have the power of presence.

People of presence always do four things:

  1. Own the room
  2. Speak to be heard
  3. Dress the part
  4. Project energy

Simple things you can do to project confidence.

  • Stand up straight
  • Look people in the eye
  • Put down your phone
  • Have firm grip when you shake hands
  • Choose a seat near the front of the room
  • If there is discussion, raise your hand and ask a question
  • Sit in a relaxed manner

It’s time for people to think of you when they hear the phrase, she “owns the room.”