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
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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
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.
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
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
May 31, 2019
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.
For more information: http://vocalimpactproductions.com/
May 16, 2019
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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May 2, 2019
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
For more info: http://vocalimpactproductions.com/
April 25, 2019
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.
For more info: http://vocalimpactproductions.com/