How to Develop Gravitas: Be the Voice of Wisdom & Influence
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How to Develop Gravitas: Be the Voice of Wisdom & Influence

Your five-step guide to being sought out, listened to, taken seriously, and trusted by the people around you.
3.9 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,150 students enrolled
Created by Dr Mike Clayton
Last updated 8/2015
Current price: $10 Original price: $40 Discount: 75% off
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Influence the people around you
  • Project gravitas
  • Hold an audience of one, two, or two thousand
  • Think like someone with the credibility of deep experience
  • Choose your actions to emphasise your gravitas
  • Look the part
  • Choose what you say to give your ideas impact
  • Select how to speak so your words carry weight
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  • You won't need anything before you start this course...
  • But you will want to find some work and social situations to try out these methods as soon as you can.

Do People Pay Attention when You Speak?

You want your words to carry weight, you want people to listen to you, you want to speak with authority, you want to be trusted... you even want to be sought out for you opinions, insights and advice.

What you need is gravitas.

And here is where you will learn how to develop it in a simple five step programme.

What are the symptoms?

You know you need to develop more gravitas if people tend to ignore your advice, if people sometimes switch-off when you are speaking, if it seems like they don't trust your judgement.

Who needs gravitas?

If you want to further your career, you need gravitas. It is that commanding impression of authority, judgement and wisdom that people look to when they want a leader, when they need advice, or when someone has to give them confidence in the future.

That can be you...

Do you want:

  • People to take you seriously?
  • To feel confident among older, more experienced colleagues or clients?
  • To hold the attention of a room full of people?
  • A position of trust, influence, and authority?
  • Your ideas and insights to be welcomed and embraced?
  • Promotion at a young age?
  • People to pay attention and take notice of you?
  • You career to move forwards and upwards?

Can Gravitas Be Learned?

We recognise gravitas when we encounter a set of attitudes and behaviours that conform to our expectations of authority, credibility and wisdom. You can learn these attitudes and behaviours, and you will, with this five step course.

What makes gravitas does depend, to a degree, on the culture and society you live and work in. This course is designed for people in Western, English-speaking cultures. But much of the advice will also be true for other cultures.

Think of the INFLUENCE and IMPACT you can have
when people seek you out and listen to your views.

Your Unconditional, No-questions, 30-Day Guarantee

The best way to assess how valid this material is in you culture is to try it out. I am so confident that this course will change your life that I offer you an unconditional, no questions asked, full 30 day money-back-in-full guarantee. If you don't think these five steps will give you the gravitas to influence and lead others, then just ask me for your money back.

What if you have questions?

I will be on hand to answer your questions if you get stuck, puzzled, or just want to know more. As a professional trainer, this is what I do, and I promise to respond within 24 hours of your question arriving with me from Udemy.

Enroll Now

Enroll for this course now, so you can start to regain control of your life straight away.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for you, if you want to be taken seriously
  • It is for you, if you want others to trust your judgement
  • It is for you, if you notice people switch off, when you speak
  • ...but it is not for people who want to be the life and soul of the party, the class clown, or be constantly trying hard to dominate
  • Instead, it is for you, if you want to dominate quietly, without seeming to try.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Introduction: What is this gravitas thing? And so what?
2 Lectures 03:13

Your introduction to this video course, and why you need gravitas.

Preview 01:54

A short definition of what I mean by gravitas, so you know what you are getting.

Preview 01:19
Step 1: How to Think - If you want people to listen, you substance
3 Lectures 09:17

You have to have the right attitude before people will see you as someone with gravitas.

Preview 05:05

The basis of your authority will be the knowledge, experience and expertise you have to share.

The Need for Knowledge

People will only perceive you as having gravitas if they also believe they can rely on you.

The Role of Reliability
Step 2: How to Look - Fake it 'til you Become it. Stand and Move with Impact
4 Lectures 17:04

What can you do to create the sort of presence in a room that gets you noticed for the right reasons?

Presence: Space & Pace

A confident, natural posture conveys gravitas and for most of us, this means being square-on and upright.

Preview 03:56

What are the elements to the kind of poise you need? And what are the five top body language tells that give you away as lacking confidence and gravitas?

Poise: Stillness & Calm

Appearances matter, because we all judge each other on on this, before anything else. What are the rules you should be implementing?

Polish: Style & Presentation
Step 3: How to Act: Be the Person People want to Trust
3 Lectures 09:17

People will judge your motives, so you need to get this right.

The Right Motivation

Without confidence, you have no gravitas, but it's a subtle thing, so you need to learn the basics of projecting confidence.

Projecting Confidence

Where your attention goes will determine how much other people respect and look up to you.

Pay Attention
Step 4: What to Say: Understand the things people want to listen to.
4 Lectures 08:23

For maximum gravitas, speak in a structured way that impresses others with your logic and clarity.

Structure your Speaking

Your gravitas does not come from the complexity of what you say, but from the ease with which you can make complex ideas seem simple.

Simplify the Subject

Gravitas means speaking only about what truly matters.

Stick to Significance

If you want to add value when you speak, but have nothing new to contribute, there are three ways you can do it...

Select, Synthesise, Summarise
Step 5: How to Say it: Your Words will Matter when You Choose them with Care
5 Lectures 16:28

It is not the answers you give but the questions you ask, that enhance your gravitas.

Say it with Questions

How to use your voice to convey gravitas.

Voice of Authority

What words will you use when you want to be authoritative?

Choose your Vocabulary

If you want gravitas, slow down.

Pace of Delivery

Silence is more eloquent than any words can ever be.

... and more powerful.

Bonus Items: Yes, there's even more...
3 Lectures 00:00

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About the Instructor
Dr Mike Clayton
4.3 Average rating
297 Reviews
5,188 Students
6 Courses
Udemy & Real World Trainer in Personal Effectiveness

Dr Mike Clayton is a business trainer, author and speaker. Since 2002, he has been helping professionals, managers and leaders to excel in their roles with management, leadership, and personal effectiveness training.

Mike has written over a dozen books for major publishers like Wiley, Macmillan and Pearson, including: Powerhouse, How to Manage a Great Project, How to Speak so People Listen, Brilliant Time Management, and The Influence Agenda.

Mike's professional background is 12 years as a project management professional with the London office of international management consultancy Deloitte. Prior to that, Mike had an academic career in Physics, working at the world renowned Schuster Laboratory of The University of Manchester.

Mike currently has five courses on Udemy, with a long list of successful seminars and training courses to convert into video format.