What is it?
Confidence. Influence. Gravitas.
You might find it quite a challenge to accurately describe Presence - to give a clear definition. But you know it when you see it, don't you?
Your Personal Presence is the way you 'hold' yourself, how you present to others and engage with them in a whole host of situations.
It's not just an aura around someone (do you remember those old 'Ready Brek' adverts?!) but they do seem to have something special - some kind of 'stand out' quality - hopefully for good reasons.
They seem to be genuine, important, successful - they can hold (or perhaps command) a room or an audience. It's much more than just making a good presentation though. It includes how you 'carry' yourself.
Not aloof or too distant, yet not quite 'at the coal face'. Approachable and amiable, yet selective.
Professional - with integrity and dignity. Yet have made many mistakes along the way - lessons of life. Genuine.
Who do you think of? Typically people say Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela - Mother Theresa and Malala Yousafzai - Ghandi and Muhammad Ali (quite polar opposites in so many ways).
Think of sports stars and rock stars - and of course people in your own family or social circle and, yes, even politicians!