Category Archive: DIRECTION (Leadership)

A PROUD Podcast with Matthew Broomhead

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3 rules once you have joined a non-profit board/committee

Here are my three rules for a more successful start once you have joined a non-profit board/committee: Sit down with everyone on the committee for a one to one as soon as possible and ask what is important to them. Find out how you can help them. Are there articles or other things of value …

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3 Rules for picking the right Non-Profit Board/Committee

If you want to use your valuable skill set to help others and you decide to join a non-profit board or committee, then here are my three rules for picking the right one for you: Join something you believe in and resonates with your values. Don’t join something just because someone asks you. Find out …

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10 of 10 : Public Speaking – The speaker paces up and down like a caged animal

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 10 of 10 It helps most speaker’s brain work better to move around, however it does not help the audience. Even though it can look a little odd, it is usually better to stand completely still than pace up …

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9 of 10 : Public Speaking – Not all speakers appreciate the power of Stories

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… Part 9 of 10 For thousands of years people have successfully passed on their values, ethics, and knowledge through stories. Long before most people could read and write, they shared stories. Even though a corporate message needs to be very …

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8 of 10 : Public Speaking -They don’t create a “hook” to get the audience on the edge of their seats

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 8 of 10 When we listen to a presentation we are constantly looking and listening for something called “closure”. Once someone thinks they know the “punchline”, then their attention will significantly reduce. How do we prevent people switching off …

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7 of 10 : Public Speaking – They don’t use influencing language to link their message to everyday tasks

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 7 of 10 I am just curious, how many members of your team take action after your presentation in the weeks following the event? Would you like it to be more? In order to create subtle reminders to take …

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6 of 10 : Public Speaking – The audience are slow to react because they are asked the wrong questions

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 6 of 10 Sometimes directly asking an audience “Do you like the new announcements?” or “What do you think of the new announcements?” can get mixed responses. They are not particularly unhelpful questions in themselves, but when speaking to …

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5 of 10 : Public Speaking – They don’t create enough emotion.

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 5 of 10 There’s an old saying that emotion creates motion. We don’t really make decisions logically they are usually absorbed into our minds and bodies through emotion. In a corporate environment this has to be appropriate. But if …

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4 of 10 : Public Speaking – Talk too much about what it means for them and not benefits to the audience.

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 4 of 10 “WIIFM” (What’s In It For Me) is a common expression used in Marketing, and public speaking. Putting yourself in the shoes of the audience creates rapport and gets them onside much quicker and therefore ready to …

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3 of 10 : Public Speaking – The magic of 3. How to make it easier for people to remember the message

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 3 of 10 Overcomplicating things is a mistake most public speakers can make, so to counteract it, then consider using “the magic of 3”. For generations the number three seems to have significance throughout human evolution, including in mythology …

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2 of 10 : Public Speaking – They don’t practice their hand gestures to add depth to their message.

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 2 of 10 Only a few speakers get hand gestures right, but we can all practice to be better. Often gestures distract from the message instead of adding. Ideally gestures should be helping the audience visualise what we are …

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1 of 10 : Public Speaking – Poor Audience Response due to not having a Clear Ending to their Talk.

Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them) cont… part 1 of 10 Without a clear ending an audience will have difficulty knowing when the talk has actually finished. This typically results in a rather limp reaction and requires the host speaker afterwards having to “rally” the people to …

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Introduction to 10 Mistakes & Observations Public Speakers make at Corporate Conferences (and how to avoid them)

How persuasive is your public speaking? Do people take proactive action after you have spoken? Is your audience regularly sitting on the edge of their seats? Do you always get the response you expect from your audience? You know how some public speakers at Conferences are engaging; their audiences laugh at their jokes and give …

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The surprising need for Needs

Whether we are in professional or financial services we would be wise to be clear on something simple, but crucial to our overall business success. We are not really selling a product or service. We are selling the solution to our client’s needs. How our products or services are wonderfully and uniquely delivered can unfortunately …

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7 Steps to Impromptu Public Speaking

I think you will agree that most people are fearful of public speaking. There are different types and I personally think the hardest type is stand-up comedy. Therefore I recommend every leader to attend a quality comedy course and perform a 5-10 minute gig. Not so that you can crack a joke at your next …

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I don’t have the time…

You know how most people would prefer if their careers were a little more fulfilling; or they could spend more time with their family; or have more enjoyable experiences with their friends? Well, would it be ok if I shared with you a simple insight to help you get more of what you want? Most …

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Briefly “What is a Brand?”​

Most people know brand is important to the success of an organisation. However, many freelancers, employees and even Marketing people do not know what it really is in a connection economy and the impact it will have on the overall success of an organisation. In this short Article I thought I would share with you …

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Create an “Environment of Excellence”

Most people think that they could be more successful if they made a few simple changes. The interesting thing is that most of us know what those changes are and yet have difficulty doing what is required. Even though success means different things to different people, there will need to be 7 key elements present. …

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Talent Too : simple ways to identify & recruit Talent

I have previously written about how to find talent in organisations and this gives some additional insights gained from listening to a Radio 4 programme “Analysis” which explored the idea of identifying Talent. There are a variety of ideas and thoughts that I wanted to share with you. It is an interesting on-going dilemma of …

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