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BUS 187 — Executive Presence: Essential Skills to Lead and Influence

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Tracy Wilk
Duration: 6 weeks
Format/Location: On-campus
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 8
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Thursdays
 
Class Meeting Time: 6:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Please Note: No class on July 4
Tuition: $525
   
Refund Deadline: Jun 29
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Enrollment Limit: 50
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Thursdays
Duration: 6 weeks
Time: 6:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 8
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: On-campus
 
Tuition: $525
 
Refund Deadline: Jun 29
 
Instructor(s): Tracy Wilk
 
Enrollment Limit: 50
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
Please Note: No class on July 4
 
The most important thing you need to know about executive presence is that it's not just about what you say or how you look but about how you make others feel. Your ability to inspire faith, build relationships, and connect with people personally is what truly sets a leader apart. Developing executive presence isn't optional; it's crucial for professional success, whether you are working in an office, hybrid, or fully remote. It involves projecting confidence, authenticity, and credibility in your interactions with others. Yet few people know how to develop these skills, and even fewer know how to master them. This course covers the essential elements of executive presence and strategies for creating a unique, personal approach using three distinct learning modules:

Module 1: Increasing Self-Awareness and Managing Emotions. Learn to increase self-awareness, manage emotions, and ground yourself in high-pressure situations. We'll explore how internal stories, imposter syndrome, and ego can impact executive presence.

Module 2: Influencing the Opinions of Others. Discover the importance of framing, storytelling, and putting the focus on others. Learn how to read the room, better understand your role in the story, shift perceptions of key stakeholders, and practice skills to help you manage anxiety on performance day.

Module 3: Developing Executive Presence. Acquire practical strategies to improve communication, body language, and overall presence. Build credibility and influence, and establish a leadership presence that inspires others by leading by example, communicating effectively, and demonstrating results.

TRACY WILK
Executive Coach; Former Vice President, Google Payments

Tracy Wilk works with leaders and teams to help them develop effective responses to challenging leadership and management situations. Earlier, Wilk held senior management roles at Google, where he received a Great Manager Award, and executive roles at Cybersource, Visa, and First Data. He received a BA and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.