Developing Your Leadership Presence

Smith School of Business

Smith School of Business


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Who should attend

This program is designed for senior managers and executives who rely heavily on relationships for success, and must motivate and connect with a diverse group of people through verbal communication.

About the course

This powerful 2-day program teaches senior managers and executives to communicate more effectively, develop their executive presence, and forge higher quality relationships with customers and colleagues. The program employs theatre-based, experiential techniques combined with practice and personal coaching.

This popular program was created in partnership with The Ariel Group - an international training and coaching firm comprised of performing artists and business professionals.

In the Program, you will learn to:

  • Sell yourself and your ideas with poise, power and passion
  • Develop an authentic executive presence
  • Listen effectively to build relationships
  • Deliver succinct, clear and articulate messages
  • Inspire, motivate and lead more effectively

Personal Benefits

  • Inspire, motivate and lead more effectively
  • Build more positive relationships
  • Deliver succinct, clear and articulate messages

Organizational benefits

  • More effective and inspiring leaders
  • Improved motivation amongst employees
  • More authentic communicators in your leadership team

Built on the PRESence model for leadership

  • Present – The ability to be completely present in the moment and to handle the unexpected with confidence and flexibility.
  • Reaching Out – The ability to build relationships through empathy, listening and authentic connection.
  • Expressive – The ability to express thoughts and feelings appropriately to deliver one congruent message and motivate others.
  • Self-Knowing – The ability to integrate personal values into leadership communication to inspire those you lead.

The Program is built on four modules:


Honing Personal Style for Projecting Confidence and Competence

  • Using acting skills to command the respect of your audience
  • Using emotion, imagination, spontaneity, passion and energy to develop a powerful personal style


Forming Relationships through Self-Reflection, Listening and Empathy

  • Identifying ways to make your personal values more apparent through communication and presence
  • Communicating authentically


Using Story-telling to make Communications Compelling

  • Using story-telling skills as an effective tool for sharing personal experiences and building relationships


Integrating Personal Presence into Client or Colleague Interactions

  • Integrating story and image into business content
  • Communicating in one-on-one, group discussions, facilitation and presentations contexts


Christopher Von Baeyer

Christopher von Baeyer, Senior Consultant with the Ariel Group Inc, is an actor and educator who specializes in the integration of theatre and human development. Over the course of his 20-year career, he has coached thousands of men and women in the art of public speaking, emotional intelligence ...

Josh Broder

For more than two decades JOSH BRODER has been an executive coach, curriculum designer focusing on experiential learning, a communications & leadership trainer, and a keynote speaker. Initially that work was focused primarily in the not-for-profit and public sectors, in particular supportin...

Julia Douglas

Julia Douglas is a skilled facilitator who has designed and delivered team effectiveness and leadership development programs across multiple industries and time zones for over two decades. A specific area of expertise lies in her ability to create and integrate experiential learning opportunities...

Joel Gluck

Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT, is a Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach for The Ariel Group. He was the first affiliate selected to lead The Ariel Group’s theater-based workshops in leadership communication, beginning in 1994. Since then, Joel has partnered with The Ariel Group as a trainer, coach, and...

Leilani Henry

Leilani Henry, MA and licensed Educational Kinesiologist, is a pioneer in bringing innovative whole brain strategies to personal, professional, and organization transformation. Leilani served as Director of Training and Development with Jones Intercable and was an Organizational Development Spec...

Jeffrey Korn

Jeff is a seasoned business coach and has been with The Ariel Group since 1997. He has led Ariel senior executive programs, coached leaders for major organizations, and taught leadership development at respected business schools. Jeff is also an accomplished actor and singer who has performed aro...

Patricia Mulholland

Patricia has been an advocate of the arts all her life, whether it be on the stage, in the classroom, the corporation, the community, or the clinical setting. She began her affiliation with the Ariel Group in 1993 and has led leadership development and communication programs for many organization...

Kenny Raskin

Kenny Raskin has been a Senior Consultant with The Ariel Group since 1998. He has facilitated over 450 executive training workshops across the globe for such companies as Coca Cola, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte and Touche, General Electric, American Express, HBO, Turner Broadcasting and Capital One. H...

Maggie Steig

Maggie Steig is a performer, educator, and business professional in the field of corporate events. With 20 years’ experience selling creative ideas to corporate clients, Maggie greatly enjoys helping others to present an idea concisely and with impact. She has worked extensively with the internat...

Kate Nugent

Kate Nugent has been in the business training and coaching field for 15 years, and in that time has designed and led hundreds of leadership development trainings for a wide range of global clients. She is a lifelong learner who is particularly passionate about women’s leadership, virtual presence...

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