Shital Kakkar Mehra - Speaker Profile
As India’s leading Executive Presence coach, Shital Kakkar Mehra understands the nuances of creating an impactful leadership presence. She has personally trained 45,000 professionals from leading multinational and progressive Indian companies across industries, equipping them with the knowledge they need to perform confidently at the highest levels. Her trademark way of blending the Indian corporate ethos with global best-in-class practices is a skill she has fine-tuned in her 20 years of experience. An avid reader and a passionate traveler, Shital embraces opportunities to observe cross-cultural communication and learn from cultural diversity, both of which serve as a bridge between her work and hobbies.
In her different avatars as an acclaimed speaker, seasoned trainer and best-selling author, Shital offers her expert insights to current and aspiring business leaders across Asia. She has conducted workshops across industries and has presented her seminars across Asia. Her charismatic style has made her a popular keynote speaker and she has been invited as a guest speaker at INSEAD (Mumbai), IIM Bangalore/Lucknow/ Nagpur, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, and IIT – Mumbai / Kharagpur amongst other leading management institutes and associations.
Her book, Business Etiquette: A Guide for the Indian Professional has sold over 47,000 copies, and has been translated into several regional Indian languages. It is well-travelled and can be found on the library shelves of global academic institutes including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge.
Shital's latest book, 'Executive Presence', has just been released. Her research in this subject is India’s first and her proprietary formula, 'P-O-I-S-E' for Executive Presence will help you gain a competitive edge.”
A 360° approach to leadership
Executive Presence – we admire it in others and want it for ourselves! This intangible, difficult to define yet must-have trait is found in both business and political leaders across the world. An understanding of Executive Presence inspires confidence and is instrumental in influencing your business relationships. As India’s leading Executive Presence coach, Shital Kakkar Mehra wants you to know that there are very specific, learnable components that go into creating it. By perfecting each aspect strategically and systematically, you can access and embrace new opportunities like never before.
Cultivate your ability to inspire confidence by growing your strengths in these
Personal Branding: I - The Brand
In today’s competitive world, technical and intellectual skills are inadequate to guarantee success as a business leader. While in-depth industry knowledge is the foundation to your career, your ability to deliver an articulate confident message which engages your audience and is consistent with your corporation’s value system - at times even a calibrated response in stressful times - is a leadership skill which inspires trust. With Shital’s vast experience and eye for detail, you will be able to create a personal brand that casts your capabilities in the best light.
Business is about relationships. To be successful in your professional life, nurturing relationships is critical - they promote productivity, improve speed of doing business, and create referral networks. Time spent on building relationships is an investment, with the potential to return huge dividends! In her two decades of coaching experience, Shital has helped several hundred business leaders upgrade their networking and engagement skills. She has researched extensively on every aspect of building relationships; train with her to attract contracts, woo venture capitalists and achieve professional success.
Public Speaking & Storytelling
Words have the power to generate feelings and build expectations. In the corporate corridors, executives often find themselves in front of an audience, whether participating in a business meeting, addressing the company in a town hall, making a presentation to clients or board members, courting would-be investors or speaking at an industry event. Become acquainted with the cardinal rules of public speaking - a highly desirable and sought-after leadership skill. While you may have better data analysis, if you are unable to communicate it effectively to your stakeholders, you have lost out. Shital is a sought-after leadership coach who helps professionals refine their vocal delivery and create a powerful impact.
Working Across Cultures: Global Communication
Air travel has shrunk distances and technology has brought continents together. As our business interactions with professionals across diverse cultures increases, it has become increasingly important to understand their culture to create win-win relationships. Protocol intelligence will enable you and your team to project confidence and authority in the global arena. Shital will help you enter any boardroom and turn the most culturally complex interaction into a lasting business relationship.
Impactful Business Meetings
Companies across the globe recognise that an understanding of business etiquette is a form of business intelligence. They are constantly looking to invest in performers who can handle a business meeting with confidence, regardless of the part of the world. Learn to create a powerful first impression, deliver an impactful elevator pitch and sharpen your influencer skills. Shital can guide you to be a part of this small group of star performers who rapidly climb the corporate ladder.
Dinning and Entertaining Skills
There’s more than a 50% chance you will close your next business deal over a meal. It’s where the big decisions are made and where contacts become connections. To conduct yourself successfully in such a setting, you will need a mastery of both roles - perfect host and gracious guest.
Dress for Success
Clothes create impact. In today’s world, how you dress when conducting business is an integral part of your visual resume. When you walk in through the door, whether interviewing for a job, pitching for a contract, asking for the next round of funding or meeting your global CEO, your attire sends a silent yet powerful signal. It conveys, at a non-verbal level, your competence and attitude towards the person you are meeting - after all, we all dress up when we want to impress. Having worked with hundreds of CXOs across Asia, Shital can guide to tailor your attire to fit your business objectives.
Executive Presence in a Virtual World: Engaging and influencing remote teams; Your presence on the screen; Nail your virtual speech; Ownership & trust as a team member; Communication challenges; Improve your visibility when working from home.
Managing & Influencing Virtual Teams: Leading in a virtual world; Gravitas during a crisis; Executive Maturity; Ways to influence remote teams; 5 ways leadership has changed in the virtual world; 4 things Leaders are doing wrong during the current crisis.
Networking for Business – Internal: Navigating workplace relationships; Internal networking with stakeholders; Tips to engage with colleagues; Interacting with senior leaders; Difficult conversations; Feedback.
Networking for Business – External: Build a strong online presence; Connecting with strangers; Social media presence; E-introductions; Levels of escalation; Building relationships in a virtual world.
Executive Presence for Women Leaders: The challenges faced by women leaders in building their EP; 5 ways to increase visibility; Vocal / Verbal messaging to inspire trust; Building networks within and outside the organization.