028 Look Good to Sound Good. Speaking to Influence Part IV

 The contribution that body language makes to communication is well known, but did you know that how you look has a significant influence on how you sound. In this extract from my conversation with Laura Sicola, author of “Speaking to Influence: Mastering your Leadership Voice,” we look at the third “V”, visual. It’s all about PEGS: Posture, Eyes, Gestures, Smile. 10 mins 4 secs.

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027 Is the way you sound when you speak enhancing or damaging your leadership presence? Speaking to Influence Part III

In Speaking to Influence, Laura Sicola defines three key elements of developing a strong leadership voice: Verbal (what you say), Vocal (how you say it) and Visual (how you look). In the third extract of my conversation with Laura, we take a look at Vocal, including avoiding ‘vocal fry’, the dreaded “up-speak” and why watching and listening to recordings of yourself is so important. 21 mins 51 secs

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026 How well do you think about what you are going to say? Laura Sicola, Speaking to Influence Part II

In Speaking to Influence, Laura Sicola defines three key elements of developing a strong leadership voice: Verbal (what you say), Vocal (how you say it) and Visual (how you look). In the second extract of my conversation with Laura, we take a look at Verbal, including the power of stories and how not to get lost in the weeds (which you’ll hear me admit to being guilty of. But if you'll let me explain and put things in their right context... zzzzz) 12 mins 24 secs

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025 How good is your leadership voice. Laura Sicola part 1

I recently listened to an online update given by a pharmaceutical company reporting on the progress of the development of its new drug. Afterwards, there was much discussion on the investor bulletin boards. One comment (here paraphrased) captured much of the sentiment of those who had listened – “…the data do look strong, but that guy (the CEO) really does not inspire me with confidence. Makes you think there’s something we’re not being told.” Many agreed.

To some extent haven’t we all been there? We think what we have to say is strong, but it doesn’t seem to be landing with people the way we’d like. Laura Sicola of Vocal Impact Productions has helped many leaders deal with just this disconnect. In part 1 of my conversation with Laura, we look at the overall approach she uses to help people master their leadership voice, and why good enough is not good enough.

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024 How do you lead people in a field you little knowledge of?

In the third and final extract from our interview with Richard Ingram, we look at leading experts. This can be particularly challenging if you are a senior leader in a complex, technical sector. How do you ensure that you can have meaningful conversations with and win the respect of experts? How important is it to do this as a leader? 9 mins 48 secs

023 Can you believe what they tell you?

In the second extract from our interview with @Richard Ingram we discuss the importance of transparency. As a leader you need to be sure that the picture presented to you is true and not a slick façade hiding problems. 7 mins 19 secs.

022 Leading from the front - the importance of acting on your own message

Richard Ingram started out as an engineer in the oil and gas industry, moving on through a career in aerospace, defence, and security to the position of CEO with a number of companies. In this first extract from his interview with Talking Leaders, Richard tells some great stories (listen out for the one about the “convenient loop of failure”) that illustrate subjects such as:

  • The Importance of people development

  • Changing business culture

  • Being seen to act on your own message

13 mins 14 secs

021 The Problem with Hard Work

Do you work hard? When you do work hard, how does it feel? Tough, difficult? Paul explains his dislike of the phrase ‘hard work’ and describes how the concept of ‘Flow’ helped him with the idea that it’s ok to want work to be fun most of the time. And how he used the idea of Flow to make a major career decision. 21 mins 12 secs.

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020 How do leaders really learn? Scott Eblin 2

In a further extract from our conversation with Scott Eblin, leadership coach and author of "The Next Level", we asked for Scott's thoughts on how leaders really learn and how they can best use books like "The Next Level" in their development. 5 mins 00 secs

019 Getting promoted is just the start. Scott Eblin 1

Ever heard of the Peter Principle? Basically, it's the idea that people are promoted to their own level of incompetence. It’s a real thing and happens when someone fails to rise to the challenges that their new position demands. Scott Eblin is a leadership coach who understands this situation well. As a new edition of his book The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success hits the shelves, we spoke with Scott about helping people with the rise up the leadership ladder and his views on leadership development. 17mins 17 secs

For more information:  https://thenextlevel.info/

018 Learning one sticky note at a time

How do you really learn? A nice bit of feedback reminds Paul and Kurt that applying new found knowledge in meeting a real need is one of the best ways to consolidate learning.  6 mins 55 secs

017 Leadership Development - Learn Apply Repeat

Developing yourself as a leader, like improving in almost any skill, is an ongoing, iterative process. Kurt talks about a particular book, The Leadership Pipeline, that he found helpful. He also shares the fact that even though the book provided many ideas useful to his development, it wasn’t a case of once learned never forgotten. Each situation where leadership is needed is different in its own way. Consequently, leadership development is often a case of needing to re-learn and re-apply old lessons. 4 mins 53 secs

0016 Is being a leader distracting you from “your work”?

You are in the middle of working on something for a tight deadline, and one of your direct reports pops in with a question. How tempted are you to put them off? Or maybe quickly problem solve and send them on their way? Understandable reactions, but it can be too easy to prioritise day-to-day leadership. Paul and Kurt share their experience of dealing with this kind of challenge. 4 mins 55 secs

015 Leadership Development - can you hack it?

There has never been more material available on the topic of leadership development. In particular, there is now a lot of advice on leadership hacks. Spoiler alert - we don't believe that there are shortcuts to significantly boosting your leadership skills. Kurt shares his realisation about what it takes to grow as a leader and how that affected his career choice. And Paul shares an example of how improvements in the specifics of managing a poor performer, helped in his long-term development. 16 mins 35 secs.

014 The Wounds of Change.

Even if you know that change is a part of working life and you think you are prepared for its arrival, it can still leave wounds. And sometimes it can be tough to find the route to recovery. 28 mins 06 secs

011 A leadership conversation that really made a difference.

Some leadership conversations can have such an impact that they can influence someone for their entire career. In this episode, we break our five-minute length rule to bring you a story of such a conversation. Two minutes was all it took, but the result has stayed with Kurt to this day. 17 mins 42 secs

010 How do you interview an introvert?

Introverts are people who don't like talking, right? They're shy, aren't they? Think again. How do you interview an introvert? Let's ask one. Turns out it's an energy thing. 4 mins 38 secs.

009 Is intimacy a useful quality in a business podcast?

Podcast fans often talk about how they love the "intimacy" of listening to a podcast. There certainly is a special pleasure to be had from the way a podcast can draw you into a story or give you a sense of connection with a celebrity revealing inner feelings. But is this kind of intimacy a useful quality in a business setting? Come closer and we'll tell you what we think. 4 mins 51 secs.