A few days ago Local Levo Denver had the great privilege of hosting certified Career Coach Beena Kavalam for her signature “Get Gravitas” event at Galvanize! It was a truly fantastic opportunity to get to hear Beena share her expert advice – she was so engaging and did a wonderful job tailoring her message to our group.
Beena shared with us:
- The biggest mistakes that most professionals make when they get nervous and how to avoid them
- Non-verbal communication techniques to exude confidence without even saying a word
- Simple strategies for powerfully communicating your worth in less than 30 seconds
- How to clearly present your recommendations so that your team listens to your ideas and takes action
Personally, I was really excited that Beena shared tips for handshaking. For such a seemingly simply task, there sure are a lot of people who do it incorrectly. My particular pet peeve with handshakes is women who do what Beena called the “Marie Antoinette” – sticking your hand out, palm down, for the other person to awkwardly grab your fingers and try to shake your limp wrist. Unless you’re extending your hand for a gentleman caller to kiss before he whisks you away in a carriage, please do not do this. According to Beena, the perfect recipe for a good handshake is “thumb connect, a confident smile, and two pumps.”
Overall, it was a very successful night! If you’re looking to get promoted, to achieve success in life and business, or to build your personal brand, Beena is definitely someone you should think about working with.