I have not really heard of this term earlier so let me assume that I just coined it (if you find this being used somewhere already, please do share more with me else please know that I have a copy right on this 🙂 – I discovered someone used PPQ or Professional Presence Quotient though that was a very limited construct).
PQ, is what I refer to as Presence Quotient (can you tell I graduated in Math?). So what is presence quotient? It is, in my mind a ratio of how present you really are, in any context to how present people perceive you to be. Let’s take, for instance, your home. Remember the conversation with your mom when she wanted you to be there at some random relative’s house as she thought they would expect you there and want to meet you and you, for your life, could not figure out why you should waste your time being there? ‘But what will I do there?’ or ‘But I don’t even know them!’ or ‘But what will I say to them?’ – well, if you ended up being there, in all likelihood, your PQ was abysmally low. You pretended to be there, laugh and chitter chatter and put up an act, but we all know how you really wanted to not be there.
Another instance – your work. Remember when you were invited for that random meeting – in person or on telephone does not matter – you knew you had little or no context and really did not want to say no lest people form some unwanted opinions about you? You might have chosen to be a silent participant or just said something to register your presence. Well, your PQ was low again.
The question is, what is the PQ you want to establish? And is this really about a score? Do you really want to be there and listen and contribute or do you want to do something just because you believe you are expected to?
The thing to note is that people know. No matter how brilliant you might think you are in putting up an act, while people might not say it, they can feel presence.
I believe each of us have PQ sensors, in our unconscious minds. We keep gauging the PQ of others in various ways – only sometimes, we forget, that more than anything, what is needed is for us to be present in the moment.
So what do you want your PQ to be? Or is it just the denominator, how present people perceive you to be, that matters to you? And what is, in your mind, your target PQ value? Is it 1, perception = reality or is it infinite, where you define the limit?