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I liked the books ability to help me create balance in my interaction with others. It makes me aware of my presence to others and how to increase it. This book is for anyone in a leadership role who wants to advance their career. Do the exercises and refer to the book often as a reference. Following the guidelines in this book will increase respect and confidence for the person who reads it. It also increased my ability to work as a mentor and trusted advisor.
So many corporate leaders say they want to develop "executive presence" in order to advance their careers, but most lack a specific idea of what that means. This book provides a clear framework for understanding how one's "voice for self" and "voice for others" can be diagnosed, developed, and balanced to help attain a place at the table and then to be effective in exercising influence once there. The authors illustrate this with composite case studies as well as examples of known (famous) leaders. They also provide practical help and models to the reader for application to his or her own situation. Short of having a personal coach, you won't find better help than the wise counsel in this book. It has been great to be able to recommend a solid, accessible resource to colleagues and friends instead of just having vague exploratory conversations.
I very much enjoyed this book. The authors show you how to enhance your presence from the inside-out. Muriel Maignan Wilkins and Amy Jen Su bring to light the importance of being authentic while still having a presence that is adaptable and connects with difference audiences. The skills they share will help you get your message across to any group of individuals and still own the room. I have worked with some leaders who come across to strong and at the end alienate people who work for them. What's shared in this book would help such an individual as well as the ones who can come off as too soft spoken. I also appreciated how the authors aim to dispel the myths about presence that often hold us back. In my opinion, every current or aspiring leader, manager or small business owner should read this book.
Just loved how actionable this book is and how much I could relate to John and Terry throughout the book. The self-discovery drills are enlightening and the ACE model is a excellent way to break down what an authentic presence really is.
Own the Room is a must for professionals seeking meaningful, clear and useful leadership guidance. The authors create a wonderful balance between 'how to' and 'storytelling,' offering the reader exercises, visual graphs, and specific steps, while infusing human stories and experiences of the workplace.
The book is well-written, in a tone accessible to all--even to those not operating within a corporate environment. The tenets and lessons translate easily to individuals in a wide variety of work (and life) settings.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to 'improve their game' as they lead a team, work with colleagues and/or 'manage up' in the workplace.
For full disclosure I had the good fortune of attending business school with Muriel Maignan one of the co-authors of this terrific book. It builds on the premise that anyone can become a better leader by learning how to balance their voice for others and voice for self to develop an authentic Signature Voice. It is filled with many great examples and exercises. I plan to use this framework for my own development as well as coaching my team.
It is as if the authors have been in my reviews for the last 10 years. For years I have received feedback similar to one of the people in the book. Problem was that I never quite understood what I was doing wrong or how to improve. The book provided examples that have allowed me to create a plan for success. Best part is that I don’t have to become someone else – just a better me.
The ACE structure proposed by the book is really great as it breaks the overall 'presence' into a understandable and more importantly adaptable steps. You will end up with a lot of actions at the end of the book & if you are motivated enough to take you presence to the next level & work on those actions, it will really transform your presence. GREAT BOOK...