Nailed it

2500 words on a topic that I was not familiar with Keynote speech to be delivered by the CEO of a Software company to an audience of prospective buyers 23 hours notice Speaker unknown, company unknown, topic unfamiliar DONE Everyone happy? Absolutely. Thanks to Frontier Software for the opportunity.  

When Will I Learn?

I have recently had to learn another lesson, and again the learning is about me not being able to suppress my ego. I had decided to visit another speaking club - a neighbouring one - and enthusiastically participated in the activities of the night. Impromptu speeches, short contributions, brainstorming exercises…

Q and A

If you are waiting for a workshop or talk to commence, as the facilitator, you could always start an informal Q and A session with the audience to see if they have any questions. It is a great way to fill an awkward gap in the program while attendees arrive.…

Originals

This made an impact on me. Not all original content, but some very thought provoking concepts and links. I particularly followed up on The Principles - management principles - that made Breakwater Associates great. The Principles of management at Breakwater are based on robust relationships and strong feedback within the team.…

Transferrable Skills

Communication skills Speaking effectively Writing concisely Listening attentively Expressing ideas Facilitating group discussion Providing appropriate feedback Negotiating Perceiving nonverbal messages Persuading Reporting information Describing feelings Interviewing Editing   Research & Planning skills Forecasting predicting Creating ideas Identifying problems Imagining alternatives Identifying resources Gathering information Solving problems Setting goals Extracting important…

Team Engagement

When I look after a team and expect high performance, to me, it is about team engagement. And team engagement is mainly about communication - real communication. I have been battling with how to achieve this level of real communication with a team that is spread across the nation, and…

Speak UP!

Great news! - I have completed my pack of worksheets about Speech Writing techniques for Middle School students, and uploaded it here. The contents of the pack include: - Analyzing Donald Trump's acceptance speech - Learning about Alliteration in speeches - Practising the use of Tricolons - Understanding the Power…
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