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Executive Presence: Speaking to Inspire, Persuade, and Inform

Executive Presence is really a combination of many characteristics, qualities, and attributes working together to yield an impressive image, a powerful persona. The term Executive Presence means different things to different people. It is sometimes equated with Professional Presence, Charisma, and Personal Branding. We all know it when we see it. And wouldn't most of us who aspire to lofty goals in the business world love to have it?It is generally thought that a powerful, confident, and competent appearance can enhance our chances of professional success. Most ambitious business people would love to project competence, confidence, and power and demonstrate ease in front of audiences from four to four thousand. We all know people who do this well. But for most, it remains a mystery how they do all the many subtle things to achieve that personal aura that personal magnetism. Lots of factors go into this overall appearance. We call this congeries of attributes by a catchall, we give it a name charisma, persona, or presence.

But what is it? Do we really need it? What is the ROI on Executive Presence? Can we disaggregate and isolate the various components of Executive Presence and improve each one? It turns out that we can. A powerful Executive Presence is a combination of identifiable factors that we can, indeed, improve with practice. This seminar takes a giant leap forward in assisting you to master the techniques that generate a powerful professional presence.

In this seminar, we break down Executive Presence into manageable parts and start to work on each one voice, gesture, stance, appearance, charisma, and personal brand. This is not all there is to Executive Presence, by any stretch, but it gets us started with a program whose good effects continue far beyond the limited time we have together.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the fundamentals of effective business presentations
  • Highlight key factors for successful business interactions
  • Examine current academic research on top management team style, charisma, and presence


Friday, November 18th, 2022. 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM EST


Your home or office


Stan Ridgley, Ph.D.

CPE Credits:

4 Communications and Marketing CPE

CLE Credits:

4 Substantive CLE *

Program Level:




Advanced Preparation:


Delivery Method:


Group Live and Group Internet-Based

Free for members, $75 for non-members

The Presenters:

Dr. Ridgley is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and International Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a Doctorate and Masters in International Relations from Duke University and an International MBA from Temple University.

He has also studied at Moscow State University and the Institut de Gestion Sociale in Paris. Dr. Ridgley is a former Military Intelligence Officer and served five years in West Berlin and near the Czech-German border, where he received the George S. Patton Award for Leadership from the 7th Army Academy in Bad Toelz, West Germany.

About CPE/CLE:

* The ALA issues CLE credits through its partnership with McDevitt and Kline LLC, which is an accredited provider of CLE in Pennsylvania (PA CLE Provider # 5963). Live, internet-based courses are approved as Distance Learning courses by the PA Supreme Court CLE Board. For additional information, please visit http://www.pacle.org/.  To the best of our knowledge, the following states have attorney self-reporting procedures for out-of-state provider programs or reciprocity with accredited providers in the state of Pennsylvania: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota.  However, please review the specific rules and requirements in your state.  Please contact member services with any questions at memberservices@alacommunity.org.
Check with your State CLE Board for rules pertaining to live webcasts. These rules differ from state to state. For example, PA attorneys may earn up to 6 CLE credits per compliance period via live webcasts (or 6 out of 12 credits per year); NJ and DE attorneys may earn up to 12 CLE credits per compliance period via live webcasts (or 12 out of 24 credits per two years).