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LA 068: The Secrets to Being an Exceptional Presenter - Getting to KNOW your Audience Part 1 - KN

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If there's one complaint I hear about a presenter's skills from their boss or their HR, it's that they don't adjust their presentation for their audience. And yet those presenters genuinely believe that they do adjust for their audience.

So who is right? Well, they're both correct of course. The presenter thinks they are adjusting but they don't really KNOW their audience.

What about the audience themselves? What do they think? Sadly the audience don't have an opinion because they stopped...

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LA 067: The Secrets to Being an Exceptional Presenter 3 - Get Visual!

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Once upon a time

There was a young executive, who eagerly stood at the front of the meeting room and fumbled with the laptop connection to the projector. The audience smirk at the screen background of the young executive in a bathing suit with a large cocktail on a beach.

After several long minutes your phone vibrates and you pull it out to check the message, hoping for release and "I really have to take this, sorry." and you lurch out of the meeting room into the blessed relief of the...

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LA 066: The Secrets of Being an Exceptional Presenter 2 - Start with Why

When you are expected to make a presentation, most people immediately think about What they are going to present. Build a slide deck and rush through their slides only to run out of time and afterwards wonder why the audience appear to have heard nothing of your presentation and failed to initiate any kind of action as a result.

That's because most people start wrongly. They start with what. When they should be starting with Why.

You want to make a greater impact and you want to be seen as...

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LA 065: The Secrets to Being an Exceptional Presenter

What makes Exceptional Presenter?

It’s all about being “natural” or “charismatic”!

It is, you’re right of course. So shall we mere mortals give up then?

It is true that some people appear “natural” and “charismatic” when they deliver a talk or presentation. But they usually neglect to tell you the real secret of their confidence and “natural” ability: that they are exceptionally well prepared, and have fine-tuned this and practised it multiple times.

I know, because I am one of those people.


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Be a Better Influencer


Some people are just more naturally empathic than others” the CEO brusquely informed me. “It’s not personal, it’s business” he went on quoting that bundle of joy Donald Trump. “They should know what’s good for them, and do what I suggest. Why should I have to influence them or show empathy?”

The CEO pushed back his chair as if our session were over. His company was struggling. Several key staff had recently departed and were working for a competitor. He still insisted that empathy was not...

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LA 063: When Enough is Enough (and How to Retake Control of Your Time)

Psclops Birthday cake2.pngToday is your birthday!

OK, maybe it’s not actually today, but happy birthday anyway.

This is the one day a year when a few people, your mum and maybe an aunt, send you an actual birthday card. Remember those? Real physical cards. Heck, nowadays people can’t even be bothered with an e-card. but I digress.

This week you’ll learn how you can retake control of your time and get back at least 20% of your work life to enjoy doing other things that matter.

Let’s get back to your birthday.

At around...

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LA 062: Why Win-Win is Lose Lose (and what you want instead)

Welcome to another edition of the Leadership AdvantEdge.

And this week I’m challenging the idea that a win-win solution is an ideal to strive for.

stickfiguresagreement800clr7114-300x287 (1).png if everybody wins, there is no new value created. It is merely exchanged.

Whether you are negotiating a business deal, starting a new venture, having a debate with your kids or your partner. We’ve been fed a lie for years. And that lie is that we should always aim to get a win-win solution.

I win and you win. Should be good right? The trouble is...

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LA 059: e-Learning is Dead! Why We Need to Flip The Corporate Classroom Now

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Beyond Blended Learning, today's leading organisations are flipping the corporate classroom.

Are you going to be sidelined?

Let's throw up some startling statistics.

prefered-formats-medium.pngThe preferred format for learning in the Henley Business School 2016 Survey

The Henley Business School Corporate Learning Survey in 2016 shows that:

  • Desire for online only executive development remains very low at less than 12%
  • Desire for project-based l&D stays steady at 33%, similar to experiential programmes at 29%
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