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Updated: Aug 9

Without good leaders at the helm of a company, how can a team succeed? Mistakes can often lead to personal growth if you can identify the opportunity!

That's where today's guest, Peggy Klaus steps in. Peggy is an author, executive coach, and speaker. Her professional background spans the fields of law, theatre, healthcare, and finance.

She coaches leaders on how to be compelling and captivating in their public speaking. Her background in theatre is a guiding tool!

“I see [executive presence] as the ability to be able to communicate with a compelling combination of both warmth and strength.” — Peggy Klaus [0:08:14]

In our discussion, Peggy explains the importance of building executive presence. Our conversation then explores the prevalence of imposter syndrome, the boardroom framework for compelling storytelling, and best practices for public speaking.

You'll also hear about the actions Peggy took to grow her business. She walks us through some of her most memorable growth events.

Peggy highlights the value of social media and the magic of stage fright. She ends by offering advice on the necessity of establishing your values and life’s purpose!


  • How Peggy got into finance and executive coaching.

  • What she means by executive presence; how leaders can be more interesting/compelling.

  • Why imposter syndrome is globally prevalent.

  • How Peggy’s theatre background influences the work that she does today with executives.

  • What executives need to know to improve their presence in front of large audiences.

  • Exploring the common threads between “celebrity” CEOs who are getting it right.

  • The boardroom framework for compelling storytelling.

  • What not to do when speaking to your target audience

  • How Peggy has improved as a coach, and what she’s done to grow her business.

  • Growth events: the influential mistakes that have benefited her life and work.

  • Why she started using social media after being offline for a while, and how it’s helped her.

  • How to build exuberant confidence: start with self-awareness.

  • Why fear and nerves in public speaking are normal


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Please note that the information contained in this interview is not financial advice but for entertainment purposes. I am not a financial advisor and make no warranties or representations concerning the accuracy or suitability of the information contained in this interview. I recommend that any and all investment decisions be made with the advice of accredited investment advisors.

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