Leadership….a much over-complicated skill

Leadership….a much over-complicated skill

Inspiring People, Leadership
I am lucky enough to have worked with leadership teams from large international businesses for over 25 years, and if I am completely honest ‘what leadership is’ mystified me for a long time; walk into the business section of any library, and there are large number of very impressive pieces of work about leadership. In fact, there are institutions that specialise in leadership. Leadership is big business. Leadership is a mystery But leadership is also a mystery to many and too difficult to access and apply, because is it just that…a mystery. It is also true, that poor leadership causes so much angst in our society (from our politicians to our CEOs, our middle managers to our teachers, and so many more)…surely we can think of it in simple terms,…
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Stand out and achieve your goals using memorable and moving business storytelling

Stand out and achieve your goals using memorable and moving business storytelling

Business Storytelling
If you want your message to land, you need to engage your audience using rich and relevant business storytelling techniques – be bold, stand out from the crowd and be remembered for what you have to say.  Most people presenting to others, virtually or physically have an uncanny technique of switching their audience off within the first 30 seconds. Our research shows that fewer than 10% deliver a good job – imagine the opportunities lost, the careers affected, and the sheer impact on business and the reputation of the speakers.  Telling a story in a compelling, engaging, believable and meaningful way, delivered confidently, supported by clear visuals using a multitude of media will enable you to stand out as a communicator. Taking care how you then deliver that message, how…
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Business storytelling – a story about telling stories

Business storytelling – a story about telling stories

Business Storytelling, Customer Relationships, Inspiring People, Presentation Skills, Selling, Virtual Meetings
Make an impact and stand out from the crowd to deliver your message I have been involved in helping others be the best they can be in front of groups of people for the past 25 years, and in my view, this core business skill is underrated, usually poorly executed, and probably one of the most significant ways you can make an impact on your colleagues, customers and stakeholders. It’s a question of; “what kind of impact do you want to have?” Is it lunchtime yet? Think of all the presentations that you have been in the audience for. Now, think of all the ‘virtual’ presentations that you have witnessed. Then, think of all the conference calls you have been part of. Be honest - how many of them stood…
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Only 5% of sales professionals are respected by their customers

Only 5% of sales professionals are respected by their customers

Selling
Be part of this exclusive ‘5% club’ by learning and applying what the very best do, no matter what you are selling.  Why is it that the reputation of the sales profession is so poor? When you ask others to describe sales people, the words they use are almost universally negative – pushy, self-interested, not listening, manipulative, and so on. Being amongst the small proportion of sales people who ‘get it right’ (our research shows that at best this is a mere 5%) will enable you to stand out as a professional in your field.  A truly consultative sales person listens to their customer, shows deep curiosity, empathy and understanding, and then tells the ‘sales story’, connecting it to their customers’ needs, clearly demonstrating how they can add value and support what the customer is trying…
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Becoming a salesman

Becoming a salesman

Customer Relationships, Great Questions, Inspiring People, Selling, Winning Habits
A story of a headmaster, the engineer and disappointment Imagine the scene; a budding mining and explosives engineer in his mid-twenties. The phone call to his proud father, a respected head teacher of a well-known school. “Dad, you know that career track I have sunk the past 8 years of my life into? The one where I get to run my ‘very own’ coal mine? Well…I’ve quit. I am going to be a salesman…..” The silence was deafening, the disappointment palpable…..I remember it like it was yesterday and that moment was 30 years ago. Sales people get a bad rap…deservedly so. So….what is really interesting about this tale is WHY? What is it about the ‘sales profession’ that so many people dislike? (I think I can actually hear you responding…
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