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“FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT”- or Not!

“FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT”- or Not! July 22, 2021Leave a comment
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Have you ever heard the phrase “Fake it until you make it”? It’s not necessarily bad advice, if applied under the right circumstances.  For example, when you are adding value to those around you.

If you want to be a high level executive, and a respected one at that, you need to pay attention to what they do, how they speak, and what value they bring to the company and the people around them. Do they drag on and on when they speak or do they get to the point? Do they encourage others or tear them down? How do they present themselves?

 It’s easy to spot a fake. This could look like

  • Someone just reiterating the previously stated main points of the conversation back to the room
  • Someone who asks meaningless questions in meetings and conference calls just so they can be heard.
  • They might even call meetings that are unnecessary and take people away from actually accomplishing their work.

On the other hand, it’s easy for imposter syndrome to creep in, and make you feel like a fake, when you aren’t. Remember your value proposition – the value you bring to the company.

I learned a lot of useful skills from this program that was not available from my school, such as how to improve my profile and resume. I was provided with detailed guidance that also enabled me to introduce myself to other people with similar backgrounds and expand my social network.

Confidence matters.  If you are still feeling unsure, spend more time developing your soft skills – communication, leadership, etc.

The 2Actify Technology Leadership Mastermind Program will help you develop your value proposition, develop executive soft skills, and practice presenting yourself confidently. You will work with a small group of your peers to network, practice presenting, and become the magnetic leader that allow you to continually advance your career.

DEMONSTRATING YOUR EXECUTIVE PRESENCE
 
This Smartbrief article gives 3 rules of thumb to remember when showing your “executive presence”: 
 
“Showing executive presence in presentations will give your words and opinions more power. As you begin all presentations, remember three things:
  • You don’t need to justify why you’re there
  • Speaking slowly will show confidence
  • People want to hear your ideas — and they need you to sound decisive”

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