Talking Leaders
029 The Reluctant Leader

029 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/

www.voquinexus.com

 

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

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

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/

www.voquinexus.com

 

 

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

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

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

For more info http://vocalimpactproductions.com/

Voquinexus, we get you heard www.voquinexus.com

 

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

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

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/

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

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

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/

 

 

024 How do you lead people who are expert in a field you have little knowledge of?

024 How do you lead people who are expert in a field you have little knowledge of?

January 16, 2019

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?

023 Can you believe what they tell you?

January 7, 2019

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

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

December 15, 2018

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

021 The problem with hard work

November 27, 2018

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.

For more on Flow go here

Follow Talking Leaders here

 

020 How do leaders really learn?

020 How do leaders really learn?

November 9, 2018

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