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How to build your executive presence in the workplace

How to build your executive presence in the workplace

The Economist Businesswoman Club brought ladies from all walks of life together for a networking breakfast on 22 April at Am Weinberg, inspiring the patrones to hone their executive presence in the workplace.

Guest Speaker, Birgit Hoffman, General Manager of Emoneko and Executive Coach and Organisation Psychologist explained to the ladies why it is important for them to have an executive presence since often decisions are made in the workplace about them without them.

She focused on 9 development skills to improve their executive presence in the workplace. These include having a personal vision, be self-aware, having good verbal and physical communication skills, be a good listener, developing your own professional network, managing your stress, be grounded, having a professional appearance, setting clear boundaries and be humble.

“It is important to read the room and interact with the audience, but most importantly be yourself and have your voice, have a strong work ethic and be able to laugh at yourself, because these are some of the most desired traits of a leader,” emphasised Hoffman.

She urged the ladies to have a good balance of life and not just to focus on one aspect of their lives. “We are not our careers. The sky is not the limit, your mind is,” she concluded.

Breakfast sponsor,  Aesthetic Centre Olympia, gifted some lucky ladies with vouchers for skincare and body treatments.

Head Aesthetician at Aesthetic Centre Olympia, Nadja Horsthemke in the middle with the lucky winners of vouchers, products and skincare and body treatments.


About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.