As a Municipal Clerk you are always on. Whether at the office, at the monument dedication, or even at the grocery store, as a Clerk you must always exude professional presence when you are in public. A professional presence will help you to achieve many of your goals as a Clerk. A polished image can assist in getting that budget approved, being calm and poised during meetings, and becoming a charismatic good will ambassador for your office and your community. Professionals that have a ‘presence’ are described as having ‘that something’ or having an ‘aura.' Perhaps people like John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Oprah Winfrey, come to mind when thinking of individuals with charisma and influence.
Many believe that one must be born having charisma and presence; however, we can all hone in our skills, and as Steve Covey states in his highly acclaimed book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People we must always, “sharpen our saw.”
Let’s begin sharpening your saw by building your own Professional Presence Toolkit.