Presence is an area of social and interpersonal skills that comes up fairly frequently in my role as a high-performance coach. A current, longstanding client may ask what it is, and a new client may come to me because they already know they need it.
While anyone, from school-age children to adults can possess Presence and hold space using that power, the three main areas of concentration for this discipline tends to be Professional Presence, Personal Presence, and Executive Presence.
Presence is NOT your image or first impression, nor is it your body language. It is largely your nonverbal persona.
I know there’ll be a reader who’ll call me out for being redundant because I said Presence is not body language but it is nonverbal.
To be clear, body language and nonverbals are not one and the same. They’re more fraternal twins than identical.
Where body language is related to physical movement and what you're doing with your body to...