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Executive Presence: Restaurant Week’s Impact on Business Skills

by Terri Williams

In 1992, Tim Zagat and Joe Baum, initiated Restaurant Week in New York City during the Democratic Convention.  Tim Zagat is the founder of Zagat Survey which covers restaurant guides for most major cities.

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Today, during January and February numerous cities worldwide conduct Restaurant Week. The general concept is that local restaurants partner with local tourist organizations or chambers of commerce to promote a week of lunch and dinner specials. Other partners may include local businesses, banks and food vendors. Restaurants offer reduced prices for a pre-fixed menu, the idea being that what they lose in check averages they gain in sales volume. Some restaurants report increased volume as high as 40% during Restaurant Week.

 

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE PERSPECTIVES

Restaurant Week is a great time to ensure your dining skills are updated to support your business engagements, and initiate new relationships.

Let’s take three scenarios. An international client is visiting and you have a lunch meeting. A potential commercial partner suggests you go out for dinner. You are attending your first corporate event.

executive presence-groupYou are confidant, charming, sharp and dressed for success. But what about your table manners? Place your fork the wrong way and your international client is not impressed. Eat the bread of your potential partner’s plate and she starts to question your judgement. Argue with the waiter and your colleagues think you can be a real jerk. In today’s climate of rising globalism, dining etiquette can make or break your success.

 

 

dining cell phonesFrom being a new employee at your first formal social event or an experienced executive out for your typical client lunch meeting, corporate meals can mean big business. Improper dining etiquette is simply bad for business.  Your goal during these occasions is to be perfectly at ease, making conversation, and never once worrying about how to act. Dining confidence is critical.  Of course it is important to not use your cell phone at the table and ensure that you recognize a fish fork dinnerfrom a dinner fork.  What is most important is to feel confidant and not let the “little things” ruin your presence or conversation. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you are so preoccupied about your table manners that you are neglecting social etiquette, your company or even your reputation.

For the seasoned professional. Often highly visible people tell me about the importance of what I do, however, as we start eating, I quickly realize that they overlooked a few simple important dining rules themselves.  For any professional on the fast track to success, employers often conduct interviews over lunch. Here’s where you can stand out from the crowd of other applicants. It is imperative that you know how to behave graciously, identify and handle tableware, eat difficult foods, and much more!

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panache-logoTerri L. Williams is an executive presence expert specializing in communications, gravitas, and appearance. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of specialized experience in human resource management and corporate protocol. Terri is also a veteran of the United States Army, with service in domestic and international assignments. As the President and Founder of Panache Career Strategies, LLC, Terri L. Williams leads Executive Presence training programs and seminars that can help you to improve your skills. A leader in facilitating the “gold standard” in a wide range of services focused on solutions for individual, group, customized programs, seminars and keynote speeches. Working with leaders and executives Panache Career Strategies, LLC will support their executive presence goals in communications and gravitas.

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Executive Presence for the 21st Century

Executive Presence for the 21st Century
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by Terri Williams

In the 21st Century, as a leader in your field, you may have already reached your professional goals to become a corporate executive, a senior manager or an influential entrepreneur. Yet as a high-achieving global professional, you know that you can always do more and go farther. But how do you step beyond your plateau of success?

To really set yourself apart from the crowd and allow yourself to achieve higher goals, enhancing your Executive Presence is essential. And our new Executive Presence Virtual Courses are designed specifically for leaders and executives to help you to do just that.

There is no better time than the present to develop your own Executive Presence and find the tools to continue striving for success than TODAY!  Our virtual courses are here to help you on your journey.

Numerous periodicals including Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, have all shared WHAT Executive Presence is…..our unique programs will provide you skills and tools which allow you to demonstrate your Executive Presence skills.  We show you HOW!

What will you achieve in our virtual courses?

We will explore the core tenets of Executive Presence and how you can apply them to your own life and work. Once you have learned these skills and characteristics, you will be able to:etiquette quiz

  • Achieve the next level in your career
  • Build trust and respect, and enhance and protect your reputation
  • Attract clients, partners and other professional contacts
  • Become more inspiring, more influential and more persuasive
  • Build relationships effectively
  • Network with confidence – anywhere and with anyone

These are just a few examples of the many ways in which you can improve your professional self by enhancing your Executive Presence.  Here is a sample of our course:

What will we address in our virtual courses?

We will address a full Executive Presence curriculum.  Highlights include:

  • The fundamental elements of Executive Presence
  • First Impressions: How they are created and how to make a great one
  • Communicating through body language, conversations and presentations
  • Working a room – from entrance to exit
  • Virtual Presence and interpersonal skills
  • Stand out and develop a genuine executive presence
  • Communicate their vision and ideas with passion and confidence
  • Read non-verbal signals, connect and build rapport
  • Inspire, motivate and lead to get the best result from people
  • Build positive relationships and listen effectively
  • Command a room, build authority and express themselves articulately
  • Dine with poise and finesse in North America and internationally
  • Deliver messages professionally using technology and social media
  • Dress to project leadership presence and enhance stature and reputation

 


panache-logoTerri L. Williams is an executive presence expert specializing in communications, gravitas, and appearance. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of specialized experience in human resource management and corporate protocol. Terri is also a veteran of the United States Army, with service in domestic and international assignments. As the President and Founder of Panache Career Strategies, LLC, Terri L. Williams leads Executive Presence training programs and seminars that can help you to improve your skills. A leader in facilitating the “gold standard” in a wide range of services focused on solutions for individual, group, customized programs, seminars and keynote speeches. Working with leaders and executives Panache Career Strategies, LLC will support their executive presence goals in communications and gravitas.

 

Free Resources

Virtual Courses. Learn the fundamental importance of Professional and Executive presence.

Our Weekly Blog. Receive weekly insights and useful tips on Executive Presence and professional image on our blog

Executive Presence Quiz. Test your executive presence knowledge with this fun and fast quiz. Take the quiz here.

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