“We are in an age of unprecedented change, it’s a ‘revolutionary’ time to be alive! The question we need to be asking ourselves is - ‘Am I leading that change?’ I believe we all have a choice to step up into personal, professional and social leadership. We have a choice to become agents for change, amplifiers, thought leaders to upgrade our thinking and lead our very own revolutions.”

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White Paper: Book Yourself Solid

White Paper

In anticipation of the upcoming Master Class with Michael Port, this month's gift is a chapter from Michael's book; Book Yourself Solid.

Book Yourself Solid, reveals why self-promotion is a critical factor to success, giving you a unique perspective that makes this guide much more than an ordinary "how to" manual for getting more clients and raising a business profile. In this chapter, Develop a Personal Brand, Michael explains why Personal branding is far more than just what you do or what your web site and business cards look like. It is you — uniquely you. It allows you to distinguish yourself from everyone else: what is unique about who you are, what you stand for, and what you do.

Download the chapter from Michael Port's book here



P.S. Come and join me, along with a small group of Thought Leaders, at a very special Master Class with Michael Port, where you will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with Michael. We simply cannot wait!


Speak as though you are certain, listen as though you are not

Leadership requires you to sometimes be the fearless leader communicating direction with clarity and great vision, mobilising your forces in pursuit of a better future. At times it requires the exact opposite, a capacity to empower others to lead and find their own inner wisdom. The directness is tempered by a certain enabling of others to achieve their greatness. You have to know when to tell them and know when to ask them. (I was singing a Kenny Rogers song as I wrote that last line.) A balance between ‘I am an authority follow me!' and ‘You are an authority, what would you like to do next?'

This is the difference between speaking to the team and coaching individuals in the team. The problem is that we as individuals often show a tendency toward one or the other. Here is a quick pop quiz to get you thinking about the various modes of information delivery you, as a Thought Leader, need to develop.

Download and complete the quiz here

If you downloaded the quiz then the following model makes sense…

It comes down to a simple case of punctuation. Sometimes you speak as though you're certain and finish each sentence with the verbal equivalent of an exclamation mark!!!! And sometimes you finish each sentence with a spoken question mark???? Balance your ask/tell ratio and increase your leadership and communication effectiveness.



Presenter Evolution

As you start to watch different presenters and listen to what they say and how they say it, you might notice some distinct differences. A sports person who just won gold in their chosen event might be sharing a story of how they did it. A consultant on customer service might be sharing the steps you go through to improve your service. A spiritual guide might simply sit in service doing what appears to be an off the cuff yet profound question and answer session. They are setting a state of energy in the room.

What follows are my thoughts on the evolution of speakers. It steps out what is for me, an easy to follow process for taking your presentations to the next level. Once again (as it's not how we normally see things), each stage is ‘AND also' not ‘Then NEXT'. It's about incorporating the best of what you learn from the early stages into each next progressive level. This is key to getting better exponentially. You always need to build your next learning on the foundations of your previous knowledge. It requires more continuous focus but I think it is the determining factor between competence and mastery.

First Stage: You see this with kids at primary school. My 5 year old son will present a message from his point of view (I) and will deliver his message through narrative (story). Assuming you are interested in him and his stories, and of course I am, it's compelling. This stage is used to stimulate interest and is often best delivered with a semi theatrical style. ‘An amazing thing happened to me the other day...'

Second Stage: Teachers tend to come from this stage most of the time. They will set out a sequential process (steps) and deliver it with a training outcome approach (you). The idea is you acquire a new skill, a way of doing something. This stage is designed to impact the audience in some way and is very much delivered with an instructive show and tell style. ‘Here is some thing you may find useful...'

Third Stage: A great coach with an elite sports team will often present from this third stage. They use tone and shift the energy in a room. It's all about the energy or mood (state) they create. Often they challenge, confront, excite or inspire, depending on the outcome they are hoping to facilitate. It's very much about getting into the heads of the audience and connecting (engagement) with them in some significant way. This is the stage most change occurs from. ‘Together we can create history here today, but you have to want it bad. Do you want it? I know one thing; physical pain disappears but the feeling of defeat lasts a lifetime...'

It's not that one stage is better than another but rather that all stages are better than one. Access techniques for all three stages and as a result you will create presentations that are at the same time stimulating, having an impact on the audience and shifting things positively.


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