Monthly Archive for April, 2010

How to be a great speaker: Lesson From Bill Clinton

Regardless of your political leanings, Bill Clinton is known the world over as a great communicator. One of the many skills he uses to influence and persuade audiences is to end each sentence looking at ONE person to give him or her the sense he’s speaking to him or her ONLY.

Try it the next time you present to a small group. If you can, start and end with the same person. If you can’t do that,  consciously make the effort to END each sentence with someone in the audience.

Watch for the signs of enhanced rapport and let me know how it works out for you.

As I have said many times over, each 1 percent improvement makes a difference. Over time, these strategies will become second nature to you, as they have for Bill Clinton and other great orators.

If you want to learn to become a better public speaker, look into our 2-day Unleash The Speaker Within event that we stage annually or one of our 1-day Superstar Speaker Series events Super Star Speaking Skills, Persuasive Presentation Principles or TurboCharging PowerPoint.

Not sure if public speaking is for you? Attend our 3-hour How To Become A Corporate Rockstar event that gives you a quick overview and introduction…

Grass Greener On The Other Side?

In a recent Financial Review article, Michael Mauboussin, author of Think Twice: Harnessing The Power of Counterintuition, explained how star performers fail when they switch companies. His explanations and identification of the three sources of perceptual distortion is absolutely brilliant.

This is the kind of stuff that is being collated, collected and assembled for Professional Mastery Platinum Program Members...

If you’re keen to just not be made aware of stuff like this, but what to do about it, contact us.

Stuff like this is where the 1 percent improvement doctrine comes into play… On your own, you have to find a source of inspiration and ideas… As a Platinum Program Member, you get them delivered to your inbox EVERY DAY.

When was the last time you were on National TV?

Our Professional Mastery Programs are all about you BECOMING the best YOU you can be. For some, like David Conroy if means appearing on National Television! David Conroy of The Lone Drainer And Pronto, Sydney’s Premier Plumber in the Eastern suburbs has been blogging for about a year, he might not consider himself a blogging expert nor would he say he’s a public speaker, but y’know what? David has mastered the art of blogging and is just as comfortable on national TV as he is talking to you face to face.

CLICK the hyperlink to watch David’s interview about the complaints about Sydney’s desalinated water.

David is a graduate of our Unleash The Speaker Within program. If you’d like to get that kind of confidence in front of the camera, contact us and we’ll show you how to become the next corporate rockstar.

The Career Making Move: The Leap Of Faith

Every once in a while, an opportunity, a chance to make a big decision that can and will alter your destiny comes around. It requires guts, courage and belief in yourself to take it. We’ve all been there.. Anthony Robbins states that “it is in our moments of decision that our destiny is shaped.” I actually think the reverse is even more true, telling and frequent: “It is in our moments of INdecision that our dreams are destroyed.”

Watch this video and get inspired by taking that leap of faith that will help you cross the chasm to your new destiny, the life you want to be living. In your career, you will face crossroads and challenges that will force you to take a leap of faith. Don’t forget… when you get to the fork in the road… take it!

The Career Making Move: The Leap Of Faith

In our Professional Mastery Programs, we teach professionals and executives how to conquer their fears and apprehensions with practical strategies that work within their environment and context so they can start to make career-making moves and avoid the career limiting moves that often paralyse even the most brilliant technical geniuses.

Slide Rule Thinking In The Internet Age

I’ve been presenting a special 3-hour workshop called Slide Rule Thinking In The Internet Age for Australian Engineers. It’s a collaborative effort with Engineering Education Australia, a wholly owned division of Engineers Australia, the governing body for the engineering profession. The best part of it is exposing my Exponential Mindset to such a smart, educated and analytical audience of specialists and experts who really know their stuff – you’ll see a few blog posts in the next few weeks that reflect the fun we’ve been having.

One of the concepts of an Exponential Mindset is having fun doing out-of-the-ordinary things… Like sharing good jokes that make use laugh at ourselves so we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Stan Lawrence, a Mechanical Engineer at Verve Energy sent me the video below that Gavin Altus, Executive Manager Development at Engineering Education Australia also shared with me…

I can’t share with you all the bonuses and gifts included in the Slide Rule Thinking event, but this one was just too good to resist!

Enjoy it as you laugh at us – we don’t mind, after all we’re proud to be engineers!

What It Feels Like To Be Diagnosed With ‘The Knack’

Psst! If you want the special 3-hour workshop called Slide Rule Thinking In The Internet Age, just click on the hyperlink – we’d love to have you!