This post is about making an impact - from hello.
Colin Powell does. You can too!
On today's edition of Meet the Press, the guest was General Colin Powell. Whatever you think about General Powell's politics, no one can deny he is a man of tremendous significance and import in our world.
I won't dwell on politics. Rather I'd encourage everyone to borrow from his communication style for your next business meeting - whether it's with your board of directors or your boss or your bridge club.
Go watch the clip here and see for yourself. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/
David Gregory opens with an 8-word question about Chuck Hagel, the former senator who has been nominated for Defense Secretary. He asks Powell: "why do you think he should be confirmed?" Colin Powell launched into a 2:34 defense of his friend, Senator Hagel.
Here are some Powell Presence Points to observe from a professional leader and commanding communicator:
He sat upright in a neutral position
He wore a strong suit/tie/shirt combo
He gestured with head, hands and eyes
He spoke without any notes at all
He spoke from his head, heart and gut
He sounded calm and conversational
He absolutely owned his message