Talking Leaders
How any leader can communicate like a superstar!

How any leader can communicate like a superstar!

November 14, 2019

Even though conversational communications are my business, it is still a bit of thrill to be reminded why I think this medium is so powerful and can be so useful to leaders. Listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and one-time star of the hit musical Hamilton, I got just such a reminder. What he said was good but what impressed and even inspired me most was the way that he said it, infusing his words with passion and belief. And the thing is, you don’t have to be a Broadway superstar to do this. Maybe sometimes a bit of help might be needed, but any leader can achieve a similar effect when talking about something that they really believe in. 4 mins 46 secs

Link to the Desert Island Discs podcast:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00092wm

You can contact me here:

Paul.gisby@voquinexus.com

 

The craft of the podcast host

The craft of the podcast host

October 28, 2019

Kurt is a bridge fan (the card game, not the river crossings). So, as he set off on a long car journey, he was looking forward to listening to the latest episode of a podcast he follows. But he soon found that it was so excruciatingly bad that he could only bear to listen to short bursts, hoping each time he went back in that things would improve.

There are many styles of podcast hosting and interviewing. But the good ones take skill. In this episode, we reflect on the craft of the podcast host/interviewer. What is it that the good hosts do that make you want to hit play and happily submerge yourself in the conversation all the way to the end? 23 mins 25 secs

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The Rising Power of Audio

The Rising Power of Audio

October 4, 2019

If you need to build trust, explain ideas in depth, convey the personality and commitment of yourself or others, then audio could be the perfect medium for you.

Debbie Aurelius, owner of Peppermint Fish communications and host of the podcast Be A Bigger Fish is an expert internal communicator and a passionate advocate for audio. In this episode, we explore why and where audio is most effective, and the benefits that can accrue from this increasingly popular communication channel. 32 mins 51 secs

https://peppermintfish.com/

Be A Bigger Fish podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/feed/id1447019043

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Beyond the Rainbow

Beyond the Rainbow

September 19, 2019

Neil Reavey knows what it is like to have to hide the real Neil from colleagues in order to fit in with “the norm”. As a young gay man going into a career in science, he experienced discrimination in various forms. That led to him feeling pressured into “covering” in order to be accepted, like when he would mug up on the latest football (soccer) news in order to be able to join in with the blokey banter at work.

So when the chance came to take an active role in helping change the work environment so that other people from the LGBTQ+ community taking up careers in science do not have to put up with the same iniquities he had suffered, Neil was ready to step up to the challenge. Even though taking up a key position in the Proud Science Alliance took him into leadership situations and to levels very different from those presented by his scientific job.

In this episode Neil talks with Paul about his early experiences, and his desire to bring about permanent change in the workplace, and how what the Proud Science Alliance is doing is making sure organisations don’t just garner a bit of good PR by sticking a rainbow on their logo, but that meaningful and sustainable change occurs.

The views and opinions Neil shares in this podcast are entirely his own and were not given as a representation of any of the companies mentioned in the podcast.

35 mins 22 secs

https://www.proudsciencealliance.org/

https://www.voquinexus.com

Contact Paul at paul.gisby@voquinexus.com

Want to boost performance? Prioritise talent.

Want to boost performance? Prioritise talent.

August 15, 2019

Mike Catalonello brands himself as a double-digit growth expert, a bold claim, but one fully backed up by an impressive track record in boosting business performance. Key to his approach is talent management and in this extract from my recent conversation with him, we explore his people-oriented approach to talent. 18 mins 50 secs

Want to chat about podcasting? Get in touch paul.gisby@voquinexus.com 

Why do experts struggle to tell stories Part 2

Why do experts struggle to tell stories Part 2

August 8, 2019

In the second part of “Why do experts struggle to tell stories?”, we look at different ways to help trigger an expert’s story memory, including getting them all worked up. Plus how emotion is what makes stories so powerful. 13 mins 17 secs 

https://medium.com/@cscalfani/why-experts-make-bad-teachers-ccaed2df029b

Why do experts struggle to tell stories? Part 1

Why do experts struggle to tell stories? Part 1

August 1, 2019

We have interviewed many experts. Most of them excellent. They know their stuff and what they want to pass on to others. But, frequently when we ask them to illustrate a point with a story they struggle to come up with a concrete real example. Why is this? In this two-part episode, we explore possible explanations and ways that we use to get around it. 14mins 36 secs

Ways to kick start your brain

Ways to kick start your brain

July 16, 2019

Ever had that piece of work that you just can't get started on? You keep putting it off, and putting it off, knowing that you need to get down to it, but your brain is just stalled on this one. Well, we definitely have had that problem. But the good news is there are ways to overcome these hurdles, whether it's employing a new "toy" or changing your location it can be done, and we're happy to share what's worked for us. And by the way, if you are ever in Kennett Square PA, we highly recommend Philter for great coffee https://philtercoffee.com/ 12 mins 09 secs.

The Comms Company turbo-charging leadership communications

The Comms Company turbo-charging leadership communications

July 2, 2019

Not long after Lynne Ashcroft-Griffiths set up AG Communications, she and her team realised that if they were to help their clients make their leadership communications really fly, they needed to offer more than just the creation of great content and upgrading leaders’ communication skills. They needed to help leaders in all aspects of their leadership development; because the most effective leadership communications are delivered by people who are all round strong leaders.

Nine years on, AG Comms has established a reputation across a diverse spread of business sectors for being a partner of choice to help individuals and organisations with their leadership and communications journeys.

In this episode of Talking Leaders, I spoke with Lynne and two members of her team, Katie Humes and Hugh Stuart-Buttle to find out more about the range of expertise AG Comms offers, such as Business Psychology, Creative Media production, HR Business partnering, Organisational Culture management and Change management to mention just a few.

We also talked about the AG Leaders Club, an exciting new venture where individual leaders as well as whole organisations are able to access the full range of AG Comms’s expertise and experience to continually advance and upgrade their leadership skills.

26 mins 17 secs

https://www.agcommunications.co.uk/

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The Reluctant Leader

The Reluctant Leader

June 12, 2019

It doesn’t necessarily follow that someone who evidently has the skills and the aptitude to lead is always going to be keen to take up the challenge. Joanne Lamb is a voiceover artist, owner of Childvoices.com and reluctant leader. In this episode of Talking Leaders Jo shares some of her leadership experiences and achievements, and we discuss why the idea of being a leader does not sit easily with her. 24 mins 23 secs

More info: 

http://joannelamb.co.uk/

http://www.childvoices.com/

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