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Nail Your Next Public Speaking Gig With These Three Tips

If you’re in a leadership role of almost any type, the odds are high that you have to do some sort of public speaking on a semi-regular basis. It could be a staff meeting, a board presentation, a town-hall meeting or a conference keynote. Your public speaking possibilities are endless, really. Do you enjoy them or dread them? Nail them or muff them?

It seems like most people dread them and usually don’t feel like they’ve nailed it after speaking in public. As someone who delivers 40 or 50 speeches and presentations to clients every year, it’s a good thing that I actually enjoy speaking. I’ve worked hard over the years to get better and better as a speaker and take the feedback I get from audiences seriously. The feedback has gotten better and better over the years, so it seems like the work I’ve been doing is paying off. There are three things in particular that I’ve learned to focus on when speaking. They’re simple but powerful ideas. In the hopes that they’ll help you too, here they are:

Mindset: Several years ago, I was booked for my first keynote...

Why You Should Take Time to Connect With Colleagues

Last week, I had two reminders of how important it is to take some time to connect with other people. We leave so much value on the table when we don’t.

The first reminder was when I had a group of corporate leaders in a Developing Leadership Presence program we started last week take part in a transformational listening conversation on what they’re grateful for. As they sat in groups of three for 15 minutes, I heard laughter and saw tears of joy and gratitude. This was among a group of people who didn’t know each other five hours earlier.

When, during a debrief, I asked them to describe what had just happened, one woman shared that she was struck by how quickly she went deep in conversation with someone she really didn’t know. In reflecting on the conversation, she said it made her realize how much she is missing in her daily interactions with the people she works with. “The person on the other end of that annoying email I just got is a real person,” she said, “They have a family, a history, a backstory of things they care about. They’re not just...

Three Things Leaders Can Learn From Peyton Manning

It wasn’t a great game, but it was a win. For Peyton Manning, it was, in all probability, his last as an NFL quarterback. After 18 years of the sacks, injuries and surgeries that come with a career in the League, the soon to be 40-year-old Manning managed the Broncos’ offense well enough to enable its defense to win the 50th Super Bowl.

There are Peyton Manning fans and Peyton Manning haters. Personally, I don’t have strong feelings about him either way but I found a lot to admire in Manning in how he conducted himself in preparing for and playing the Super Bowl and what he said after it was over. There was a lot there that I think anyone could learn about how to handle yourself as life catches up with your talents and skills.

Know your role. Time and injuries caught up with Manning this year. He was benched for several weeks in the regular season to rehab an injured foot. The Broncos kept winning while he was out and a lot of commentators thought Manning would not be back on the field. When he did come back in the last game of the season...

Three Ways to Avoid a Wipeout

In 15 years of coaching, I’ve worked with a lot of high-performing executives. When things go well, they run like a finely tuned Formula 1 race car. But life and humans being what they are, I’ve witnessed the occasional wipeout where, in spite of best efforts and intentions, an exec spins out and crashes into the wall.

In the interest of helping you avoid a similar fate, I’d like to share three best practices that are common to the high performers I work with who run at a really high speed yet avoid wiping out.

Understand what “pacing yourself” means: I hear a lot of executives talk about the need to pace themselves. Often, though, there is more talk than action about setting a sustainable pace until they really understand what “pacing yourself” means. Let’s start with what it doesn’t mean. Pacing yourself is not running with the throttle wide open for weeks or months on end and then taking a weekend off. The problem with that approach is you’re highly likely to wipe out in terms of your performance or health before you get to the break.

What pacing yourself really means is...

A Life-Changing Decision to Feel and Perform Better

What if there were an inexpensive pill with no side effects that would cure many of your aches and pains, spark weight loss, give you more energy, leave you in a better mood, increase your mental focus, help you get more done and extend and improve your life? You’d line up for that, right? So, first the bad news and then the good news. The bad news is, to my knowledge, there is no such pill. The good news is you can get all of those outcomes without ingesting anything new. It’s the opposite, actually. You just need to stop ingesting added sugar in what you eat or drink.

Of course, the “just” in that last sentence is a loaded word. As cited on a new website, SugarScience.org developed by health scientists at the University of California at San Francisco, added sugar is found in 74% of packaged foods and the average American consumes 66 pounds of added sugar each year. Sugar is hidden in a lot of the things that most Americans eat.  There are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food and beverage labels. And, as you know if you’ve ever...

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