NOTE: This post is not about politics. This post is about professional self-presentation.
I was stunned the other day when I saw in the news that Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi had turned 70 years old. Seventy! And arguably one of the most powerful women in the world, now claiming a fresh professional triumph.
I’ve always been impressed by the Speaker’s utter poise and professionalism. Regardless of politics, here is what I’ve learned from Pelosi about self-presentation:
Never raise your voice. An evenly modulated voice is a powerful sign of control and authority. It suggests that you are thoughtful and even-handed rather than reactive and erratic.
Don’t shoot back. Refusing to enter the fray is another sign of credibility and self-possession. It tells the world that you decide and control your own agenda.
Focus, focus, focus. Mediocrity thrives on distraction. There’s something compelling about the singleminded woman who concentrates on her goals.
Keep it simple. Pelosi’s tailored suits, classic accessories, and sleek hairstyle never upstage her talent and accomplishments. Style is the frame, not the picture.
Keep it fresh. She may be a 70-year-old granny, but her look is completely contemporary. Don’t let people think you’re last year’s model.