I have the best day job ever as Chief Leadership Officer at Levo. This week I had the opportunity to moderate a panel on the power of presence for one of our partners, TRESemme. The panelists' answers to my questions were so thought provoking that I kept getting engrossed and then had to remind myself that it was my job to ask the next one. Dr. Lauren Hazzouri broke down the difference between self-esteem and confidence. Self-esteem is belief in your value. Confidence is belief in your abilities. We can have one without the other and we often conflate the two when we're trying to manage our anxiety.
Ally Love defined presence as energy and spoke about how to take responsibility for setting the tone in a room so that you're not constantly having to adapt to other people's energy, which can be exhausting. One way that you set the tone is by being what Lauren Maillian calls "unapologetically you." We are now in an era when being unique is valued and one of the most strategic skillsets is knowing how to leverage your difference. It's not easy, but that's part of why Dawn Hedgepeth told the audience that "presence is a choice." At the end of the day, embracing who you are and harnessing self-love to give others permission to be comfortable with themselves is a decision. You can learn more about how your presence changes everything by taking Amy Cuddy's course on Presence at Levo.