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2010 02 crt-gravitas with voce veritas

  1. 1. Gravitas with Voce Veritas  A Chicago Booth Roundtable Event  Presented by Catherine Glynn & Jeremy van Meter, Directors of Voce Veritas, LLC   
  2. 2.   Although Gravitas is technically defined by Webster’s as “high seriousness’ we at Voce Veritas  believe it’s powerful synchronization of your external status (age, mannerisms, vocabulary) with  your internal status (your mindset and belief system.)      People with Gravitas Generally Possess One or More of the Following Qualities:       Enthusiasm   A sense of expertise (even if they are not experts!)   Good posture   Comfort with pausing    Flexibility   Warm smiles   Clean diction/enunciation   Strong but not overly intense eye contact   A sense of humor   Self control   Poise   Awareness   Tact    Decisiveness      Breath, Posture & Mindset are Keys to Developing Gravitas      Efficient breathing—the foundation of all we do  The breathing most people do throughout the  day is shallow and fast, which is akin to the breathing we do is a state of panic.  By adjusting your  breathing pattern and making this involuntary process voluntary you open up the door to  changing all your physical habits.  We suggest you begin by practicing the “whispered ah.” Inhaling  through the nose for 5 counts, and exhaling for 7. This type of deep breathing is a fairly radical  shift for most people.  But if you practice this breathing for a few minutes each day you will  become more aware of breath in general, and when you need it, you can tap into it and use it to  your utmost advantage.      The C spine into T spine  Throughout the day the majority of people slump in their chairs, and  because it’s a habit that is so well ingrained, it actually feels more comfortable to slump than to  utilize the body in the effective posture it was designed for.  We call this slump the C spine,  because if you look around, most people are collapsing in on themselves.  When you find yourself  in this position, bring your pelvis underneath you (for most it is ahead of your body.) The give a  gentle lift and curve forward of the lumbar, then raise the chest and breathe into this new expanse.   Think of your shoulders forming the top of the T and your spine as the base. You will definitely be  taller and you automatically have more presence when you have two more inches of height.   You  may have to make this adjustment hundreds of times a day, but the pay off is well worth it.      The contents of this document are copyrighted by Voce Veritas, LLC 2010  
  3. 3.   The power of the pause  It’s a fact, more people are scared of public speaking than they are of  death.  So it’s no wonder people are always rushing to get to the end of it—they want that torture  over with!  But here’s the deal—all speaking is public speaking and if you start thinking of  presentations as conversations and you breathe at the end of your thoughts and let your message  land, you will have far more impact, and will in a likelihood enjoy the ‘conversation.’  Good  presenters pause.  Pausing allows the audience time to digest the material and ask questions, and  it gives the speaker time to catch up to their racing thoughts.  The best way to work on pausing is  by practicing.      Elevating your elevator speech  As much as we may hate to admit it developing a well‐ constructed succinct sound bite that we can share with people is well worth the time and effort.   Time is money to most t people and if you can’t articulate what you do in less than 30 seconds,  most listeners tune out.  So we suggest you take the time to sit down and bullet point what it is you  do, and while you are at it take out any filler words or phrases like, ‘so,’ kind of’, ‘probably’,  ‘maybe, ‘‘sort of,’ and ‘you know,’  as these automatically reduce your credibility.  By taking a half  hour to construct it and then practicing it out loud you  for another half hour, tweaking it to sound  natural and easy, you will gain not only more confidence in what you do, you just may gain a client  or two for being so compelling in so little time.      Acting As if  When we were kids we possessed an amazing ability to pretend, in fact actors  cultivate an elevated version of it and call it ‘acting as if.’  If you employ this technique you can  make some very powerful adjustments in how others perceive you.  First off, think of someone you  admire and what it is they do that makes them so admirable.  Think about the specific physical  details, then close your eyes and envision yourself doing the same thing.  Now this is not to be  confused with a caricature—or parody of them, but rather it’s you honestly embodying similar  traits.        Developing a mantra  A mantra is a short, succinct present, tense phrase that instantly  emboldens you.  It’s something you can repeat at any given time and it reminds you that you are in  control and perfectly capable of facing your current situation.  Some mantras we like and often  suggest are: “I know this.” “I’m the expert.” “This is easy.” I don’t think it, I know it.” “I am working  through this.”      For more presentation tips check out our blog at…http://www.voce­      At Voce Veritas, which is Latin for ‘true voice,’ we believe everyone has an innately powerful voice,  both literally and figuratively speaking.  By listening carefully to your story and applying the  techniques that we have learned as actors, cultivated as teachers, and honed as coaches, we will  help you explore and expand your voice in a safe, confidential setting.       If you are interested in one on one coaching or holding a workshop at your work place feel  free to contact Catherine or Jeremy at    The contents of this document are copyrighted by Voce Veritas, LLC 2010  
  4. 4. Rachel Patterson From: Rachel Patterson [] Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 10:39 AM To: '' Subject: Consulting Roundtable Feb 25 - Presentation Skills- Gravitas All of us, whether in consulting, businesses large or small, have to make presentations – for a proposal, a review of options, or a project overview and recommendations, etc. Yet public speaking is listed as the number one fear (ahead of death!) by a majority of Americans. How to regain your composure, focus your thoughts and deliver a compelling presentation? Gravitas. GSB Consulting Roundtable Thursday, 25 February 2010 Gleacher Center, Room 600 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago Illinois 60601 The University of Chicago 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm networking 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm presentation and Q&A 8:00 pm on cash bar at The Midway Club, Fifth Floor Please forward to others you think may be interested Gravitas: Presentation Skills Workshop To Register!Cons_ Rndtbl Questions Rachel Patterson ‘03 Event Details Gravitas… it’s an old word, but a lot of new hype has recently developed around it, and it’s quickly making its way into corporate vocabulary. Catherine Glynn and Jeremy van Meter have coached hundreds of executives across a variety companies - including major international consulting firms, Fortune 100 companies, and not-for-profits– helping them develop gravitas and perfect their presentation skills and techniques. Coming from the philosophy that your voice is both literal and figurative, Glynn and van Meter will address such topics as: body language, verbal miscues, the power of the pause, and creating mantras. Giving you insight into how to strengthen and ultimately set your true voice free. You won’t want to miss this highly practical Consulting Roundtable on Thursday, February 25th, at the Gleacher Center. For any questions contact Rachel Patterson at or Laraine Spector at To Register About Voce Veritas Voce Veritas, which means “true voice” in Latin, is a boutique communications consulting firm that works with companies and individuals on all aspects of communication. Every Voce Veritas course, whether one on one or in a group workshop setting, is custom designed to meet each client’s specific communication needs. Public speaking goals are achieved through a systematic presentation coaching process that emphasizes customized care and assistance. In addition to presentation skills 1
  5. 5. and gravitas training, other areas of coaching include: accent reduction, vocal development, transitional (interviewing) skills, cross-cultural training, and image consulting. Here are a selection of some of the group training workshops they have developed and taught over that last 5 years:  Presenting with Impact  Releasing Creativity  Building Client Relations  Confidence in the Workplace  Gravitas Workshop for Women  Mastering English  P-ESL (Pronunciation of English as a Second Language  Storyboarding Presenters’ Bios Catherine Glynn
Co-Founder & Executive Coach Catherine began her executive coaching career in 2005 and founded Voce Veritas, LLC, with Jeremy van Meter in 2008. She is also a professional (and award-winning) actor and has worked with the Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction, About Face Theatre, New American Theatre, Chicago Humanities Festival, Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Austin Shakespeare Festival, and was an active member of the Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company in Austin, TX for over four years. Most recently, she has been seen in national commercials for Walmart, Sears, Kitchen Aid, Coors Bear, Assurant Health, and has been the spokes model for Stella Cheese since 2007. She taught Voice & Speech, Acting, and Viewpoints -- a form of movement based improvisation-- at the UT-Austin. She has a BA in Humanities from St. Benedict & St. John's University in Minnesota, and holds MFA’s from UT- Austin and The University of Delaware. Jeremy van Meter Co-founder: Jeremy is a graduate of Milligan College in Johnson City, TN and holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa. In addition to being a professional actor, Jeremy has been an executive coach and adjunct professor since 2007. As an executive coach, he has served clients from the aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, environmental and pharmaceutical industries as well as professional and consulting services. Jeremy has also served on the faculty at The University of Iowa, Cornell College and Columbia College. In his nearly 20 years of professional acting, he has amassed more than 100 stage credits and been on the stages of more than a dozen theatre companies in the Chicago area, as well as three regional Shakespeare Festivals (Great River, Illinois and Riverside), Riverside Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre and The Barter Theatre in VA. --------------------------------------------- Mark Your Calendars Consulting Roundtables are the 4th Thursday of each month March 25 “Helping your client find the Big Idea” - workshop presentation by Jim Vassolo, founder and principal of April 22 “Strategy in a Box” -- Abacus Leaders’ Gary Teuber and Tim Knaus present on a tool for affordable strategic planning for small and medium size companies. May 28 “Consulting to the Financial Services Industry in a period of Tumult – “meat and potatoes” vs. panic projects overview.” Protiviti Consulting Join our LinkedIn Group at The Chicago Booth Weekly is updated every Thursday, to see an updated list of University of Chicago Booth School of Business activities, check 2