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Kenan-Flagler Business School

The Power of Professional Presence

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Apr 30—May 2
3 days
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
USD 4900
USD 1633 per day


Professional presence is an elusive, "you'll know it when you see it" quality. It's a blend of personal and interpersonal skills that send all the right signals: the impression you make, how you make others feel, and how effectively you communicate both verbally and non-verbally. It enables respected professionals to connect with others in a meaningful and authentic way by projecting confidence, integrity, and perseverance.

In The Power of Professional Presence, you'll gain the self-awareness to make sure others see those qualities when they see you. Using proven psychological and physical confidence-building methods, you'll develop a deeper understanding of how presence can reveal your leadership abilities and discover how effective leaders use presence to communicate, influence, and inspire. You'll emerge from the process with renewed energy and the ability to make a real difference by presenting yourself confidently to others.

Post-Program Benefits

Upon completion of this program, you will:

  • Identify and employ proven psychological and physical confidence-building methods
  • Tell more compelling stories to influence at work
  • Use principles of presence to communicate, influence, and inspire
  • Earn 2.2 CEUs

Who should attend

Individual contributors and leaders who want to learn skills and techniques for presenting their best selves at work.


  Heidi Schultz is a professor of management and corporate communication at UNC Kenan-Flagler where she teaches oral and written business communication. She was instrumental in founding the area and served as its chair for 16 years before stepping down in 2013. Her current interests and res...
Greg Hohn started teaching his communications course “Applied Improv” at UNC Kenan-Flagler in 2000 and has received numerous teaching awards. He began developing his Applied Improv approach in 1997, and has presented programs in academic, corporate and organizational settings across the U.S. a...