Presentation Skills Training

Executive Presence Private Coaching

Sometimes it’s best to work privately with a coach. We offer executive presence coaching that builds the skills and self-awareness leaders need to project executive presence (sometimes referred to as “leadership presence”), communicate clearly, and improve business outcomes.

Experience Level



Duration: 2 or more half-day sessions or multiple virtual sessions
Location: Face-to-face or virtual platform, client’s preference

Degree of Coaching

High: private coaching, which includes a 360 assessment, occurs throughout the engagement

Intended For

Upper-level executives, high-potential managers, and those about to move into an executive-level position

Executive Presence Private Coaching

Making sure your intentions match others’ perceptions

The Process

  1. 360 Assessment & Coaching: You participate in the Bates Executive Presence Index (ExPI), a 360 assessment, which provides leaders with an in-depth analysis of their ability to influence business outcomes. During the coaching process, which at this point focuses exclusively on presence, the perceptions of important stakeholders – peers, direct reports, and managers – are compared with your self-perceptions in order to identify strengths, needs, and gaps. Through this process, which is based on the work of Suzanne Bates, author of All the Leader You Can Be: The Science of Achieving Extraordinary Executive Presence, you’ll gain a clear understanding of what Executive Presence means for you, how it affects others, and how it shows up in everyday business conversations, meetings, and presentations.
  2. Communication Coaching: Building on the 360 assessment and coaching, work will shift to polishing your communication skills during meetings and presentations. The overarching goal of this work will be to assess and build on your existing skillset to help you communicate clearly and project your own brand of executive presence. We want you to be the most effective speaker and leader you can be. The issues targeted will be unique to your situation; however, the following is a list of what we typically work on.

Executive Presence & Communication Coaching Goals

  • Growing self-awareness of the 15 facets of your executive presence
  • Gaining insight into how your intentions compare to others’ perceptions
  • Recognizing when and how to flex your communication style to improve how others perceive you
  • Nurturing relationships with others through effective and efficient communication
  • Establishing and meeting audience-specific outcomes
  • Streamlining the organization of meetings and presentations, including working with input from others
  • Manage the complexities of hybrid communication situations
  • Developing slides that trigger the right thoughts during delivery
  • Tailoring messages to specific audiences
  • Engaging listeners in the conversation
  • Influencing others through storytelling
  • Remaining flexible while managing audience interactions
  • Listening well and reserving judgment
  • Facilitating conversations that occur during meetings and presentations

During the communication coaching sessions, you will be video recorded. Each video will be reviewed immediately after it is made. Through this process, you’ll identify what’s working and pinpoint areas to improve. This will help you achieve the objectivity you need to succeed. Through various exercises, you’ll work on skills and techniques that work uniquely for you.

NOTE: Trainers and Coaches assigned to this engagement hold the Bates ExPI™ (Executive Presence Index) Coaching Certification.

Attendees receive a copy of

Communication Training Yields Business Results

We believe that business communication training must focus on business results: making work easier, employees more successful, workplaces more cooperative, and goals more attainable.

Getting Business Done and Growing Leadership Capability: Everything we do is designed to help people get business done and grow their capabilities. While a particular workshop may focus on a specific business goal—closing a deal, making a decision, learning something new, or gaining alignment—every workshop is designed to help the participants be more comfortable, effective, and confident communicators. When employees communicate more effectively, leadership capability increases and careers advance. This brings positive results to your team and company.

Private Coaching and Video Review: Capturing learners on video as they work on their real-life content, which is followed by video playback and coaching, is an essential element to this training. It helps learners understand their natural strengths (and weaknesses). As they grow their self-awareness, they can apply what they learn in coaching to the variety of situations they face outside of it.

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The First Step

The first step in the process is a phone meeting between you (the executive) and one of our certified Executive Presence coaches. We call this phone call the “chemistry meeting.” It’s important to the success of the engagement that both parties are comfortable working together, and that mutual trust and respect are present. Following the chemistry meeting, goals of the engagement will be established, options will be discussed, and an action plan will be put in place.

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