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How to be a more Succesful Leader, Presenter, Influencer

If you want to be a better leader, presenter, or influencer then you must embrace diagrams or models to amplify your message.

The human brain is brilliant at pattern recognition but has a limited capacity for language or numerical manipulation.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” 

When it comes to ideas and information, a diagram or model communicates much more effectively than words. Here are seven of the many diagrams that I use in my leadership coaching, and keynote speeches

1. Find your Sweet Spot

Success in life and career is a Venn diagram. You must find your passion, but passion alone is not enough, you must develop your talent and find a market for your skills. 

Jim Collins used this diagram in his book, 'Good to Great'. The Japanese have a concept, Ikigai which means reason for being. The Japanese diagram has a fourth circle, what the world needs. Imagine doing what you love, doing what you are good at, and being paid for it, and it makes a...

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The Best Motivational Speaker? It depends...

motivational speaker Feb 13, 2023

Whether it is for the company conference, sales kickoff, or client event, somebody inevitably searches for ‘the best motivational speaker’. Most professional speakers and subject matter experts despise this term, but it is the number one Google search phrase, for this role.

Every corporate event can be improved with a top motivational speaker who tells great stories and elevates the thinking beyond the spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentations, but who is the best motivational speaker for your conference or event?

Getting a Top Motivational Speaker 

Getting a top motivational speaker depends on your budget and their availability but there are other factors to consider:

  1. What outcome are you looking for, how do you want the audience to think, feel, and act differently after the speech?
  2. How much is your audience ready to be challenged? Or are you looking for corporate entertainment?
  3. What is the theme of your event?

If your motivational speaker provides the keynote,...

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Visibility and Influence - Have you found your Voice?

Some years ago, the head of Learning and Development for one of my clients told me that I was too loud on social media, specifically, LinkedIn.

“What do you mean by that?” I asked.

“You are always posting success stories and ideas, but you are already coaching our leaders so you don’t need to do that”.

I understood her conservatism, but I was acutely aware of the impact of not having a voice or presence.

Can you be too loud on LinkedIn?

A year later the same person came to me to ask if I could deliver a workshop on social media for her company’s leaders, to increase their visibility. Her conservative outlook had given way to the realization that:

  • No visibility, no credibility
  • No credibility, no influence
  • No influence, nothing changes

The Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde said;

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

This concept is uncomfortable for the more...

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Motivational Talks for Achieving Organizational Goals

motivational speaker Feb 10, 2023

Motivational talks have long been a popular corporate practice. These talks or speeches encourage managers and employees to stay focused and motivated to reach their goals. By inspiring and encouraging employees to strive for excellence, motivational talks are an effective tool for achieving organizational goals. This blog will discuss how motivational talks can achieve goals in your organization.

Hear From Inspirational Speakers

An effective motivational speech is a great way to boost morale in the workplace. Giving employees a chance to listen to inspirational stories and advice from a knowledgeable speaker, helps them create a positive and productive work environment. Typically a speaker will share stories and anecdotes that enable employees to reframe their perspective of their work and to push themselves to higher levels of performance. They motivate and encourage employees to reach their goals and explore new opportunities. 

Learn from One Another

Motivational talks also...

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What has Going to Mars got to do with How You Lead Your Team Remotely?

A manned trip to Mars within our lifetimes is a high probability. Billionaire, Elon Musk has his heart set on it, and there’s a modern-day space race between nations to get there first.

Just as the race to the moon gave us more down-to-earth technological advancements, like sneakers, digital photography, and wireless headsets, preparation for the moon is revealing how teams will function remotely.

Before I share some recent findings from Long Mars Simulations, let’s review what a Mars shot has in common with leading a team.

Leading Teams

  1. Vision: Going to Mars is a bold and ambitious goal that requires a clear and compelling vision. The same is valid for leading a team. A great leader has a clear and inspiring vision for their team and knows how to communicate this as a ‘Why’ that motivates and excites others.
  2. Strategy: To go to Mars, a lot of planning, resources, and expertise are required. The same is true for leading a team. An effective leader has a...
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The Importance of Cultivating Self-leadership Skills

Effective leaders have developed a variety of traits that contribute to their success. Strong self-awareness and the capacity to use it to lead by example are among the most crucial of these leadership traits. 

In addition to self-awareness, developing self-regulation and self-learning will greatly enhance your personal and professional life. When you do this, you are practicing self-leadership. 

With self-leadership, you take charge of your life and move toward your goals. Your self-esteem will increase and you will become better at decision-making and problem-solving. 

Furthermore, self-leadership builds resilience and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. This article explains the meaning of self-leadership and its significance.

Understanding Self-Leadership

 Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your own thinking, feeling, and action toward achieving personal and professional goals and objectives (Bryant & Kazan...

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Global Conferences and Top Speakers in Spain

motivational speaker Jan 30, 2023

Spain is an excellent location for a Global Conference or Convention. Spain has a warm and pleasant climate, making it an attractive destination for events all year round, and it is well connected to the rest of the world through its international airports and high-speed trains.

Spain has a well-developed conference infrastructure, with modern and well-equipped convention centers in major cities, and Spain is known for its hospitality, and conference attendees can expect to receive warm and friendly service.

Barcelona, Madrid, San Sabastian, and Zaragoza

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. Barcelona is inventive, and international and attracts investors from all over the world. The biggest events and conferences are held in Barcelona. It has the infrastructure to host a world-class Global Conference or event.

Madrid, the capital of Spain, and the second largest city in Europe welcomes some of the biggest...

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How to Book The Top Motivational Speakers for Your London Events

Are you looking for the perfect motivational speaker to boost energy and motivation for your event in London? Keep reading for advice on how to find qualified, professional motivational speakers and ensure that your event is a success!

Begin with the End in Mind

Regardless of your industry or conference theme, when engaging a motivational speaker, you want to ask yourself, what will the audience takeaway be?

  • What will they think differently?
  • What will they feel differently?
  • What will they do differently?

An inspirational story is essential, but unless your speaker has an impact on the audience, it's not motivation, it's entertainment. So, define your objectives and then research the speaker's style to your event theme and outcomes.

Match Speaker Style to Your Event Theme

Motivational speakers come in different styles and with different specialties or subject matter expertise. Think about what type of energy or style you would like to influence the event – do you need an...

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Who is the Best Motivational Speaker?

Who is the best motivational speaker and do motivational speakers even work?

These questions get asked each year when organizing the company conference or offsite. Whether leaders and employees are grappling with change, dealing with disruption, or setting some ambitious targets, everyone needs a dose of motivation.

Do Motivational Speakers Even Work?

With inspirational quotes on LinkedIn and Instagram, every manager or social influencer can consider themselves a motivational speaker, which raises some legitimate cynicism about the effectiveness of hiring a motivational speaker.

Here are some common themes that might make people feel good for a few minutes but have no lasting impact:

  1. I did it so you can too

    I climbed a mountain, beat cancer, or some other trauma so you can too. As inspiring as these stories are, they ignore survivor bias and can lack practical takeaways for achieving this quarter’s goals.
  2. Mindset is all that matters

    Yes, being aware of your current frame of...
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5 Crucial Do's and Don't of Leadership You Should Know

Leadership is a complex and multi-faceted topic. To be an effective leader requires awareness of the context in which you are leading, the motivation and skills of the people you are leading, and your own leadership style. Despite the complexity, there are some do's and don'ts that can help you become a more efficient and effective leader. In this guide, we'll cover five of the most important leadership do's and don'ts.

Leadership Do's

1. Communicate Openly and Frequently

One of the most important things a leader can do is keep lines of communication open. This means being accessible to your team and encouraging two-way communication. Leaders should make it safe to ask questions and be available to address concerns (psychological safety). Being responsive to feedback builds trust and engagement.

2. Be Decisive

Leaders must be able to make decisions quickly and confidently. Indecision breeds confusion and causes morale to suffer. Sharing why and how a decision was made creates buy-in...

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