Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chill When Speaking on Stage

Speak in public as you would with three dear friends and two bottles of red on your back deck on a sunny day!

At the risk of promoting drinking, we all need to relax and be ourselves when on stage.

NO, I am not advising you to drink before you speak...it's a metaphor!

When people speak on stage they lose their "cool". Your goal should be to relax, be yourself and from time to time break the invisible wall that separates you as the speaker from the audience.

Here are three ways to break down that invisible wall.

1. Share something unrelated yet personal (not too long and if you can be self depreciating, awesome). No therapy on stage.

2. Vary your timing. Don't get into a "power point rhythm", where each idea is delivered in a consistent cadence. Mix it up. Pause. Speak fast and speak slow.

3. Gesture like you would when chatting.

Hope that helps.


PS. Say something unexpected (shocking if you can pull it off)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It's not easy being seen

Have you ever wondered about being a celebrity?

I often ask myself, 'Why would you?'

It would be the loss of simple things I reckon, going to the shops without make up (hmm, not exactly a problem for me) or dropping the kids off at school without a mobbing.

The only thing worse than being a celebrity would be the "reality TV" kind that leaves you with all the exposure but no wealth to secure your lifestyle, or what's left of it.

This got me thinking about those who chase press, the tabloid kind. Not only might you catch the press's attention but also, you might actually become a spectacle. AND if that press attention did not have major money attached, well there goes the lifestyle.

Brain surgeons are not in weekly trash magazines and if they were you would not trust them. Thought Leaders do not chase light entertainment, celebrity press. It's always got to be about the message.

Here are some ways to do that:

* Create a survey and share the findings

* Be interviewed and quoted for substantial articles on point

* Get a syndicated column in a major newspaper or journal

* Or, better still, use the power of technology to become your own TV or radio show.

Just a thought.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

You're still not lazy!

In one of my blog posts last year, I published some of my thinking about the personal productivity movement. There was a lot of discussion created around that post, in particular from people for whom the classic time management and personal effectiveness material does not work.

It was then, and still is today, my contention that knowledge workers can be divided into two broad categories; the first category is best described by the word dedicated , the second category best described by the word continuous.

In the model below, you get to see how these two work styles sit in relationship to each other. Check out my article from Ideas Vol 3, Work Smarter Not Harder, for more information on these two, specifically the five key strategies dedicated people can use to get more done, and the five key strategies that continuous people can use to work smarter.

In this post I would like to share a key distinction for those who are not dedicated, think they're lazy and who I think are continuous.

I was reading a Pavarotti quote:

"Many people think I'm disciplined, I think they mistake obsession for discipline."

And this got me thinking about the number one productivity strategy for the creative, widely focused, continuous workers. The productivity blitz.

Obsession and passion are key for continuous people to be able to utilise the blitz strategy explained in my article. Continuous people need to do productivity blitzes hard for a concentrated period of time, working on only one thing. No distractions, no multi-tasking just a single-minded, obsessive and passionate immersion in what needs to get done.

At the recent Sydney Thought Leaders Summit, Queensland mentor Rowdy McLean explained his work practice of 50 minute work blitzes. The last 10 minutes of every hour can be spent wandering around. It's a disciplining and obsessing blended strategy.

Not everybody will respond to lists, prioritisation and dedicated scheduling. Maybe you're not lazy, maybe you just haven't figured out the best way for you to get things done.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thought Leaders Magazine - May/June Edition

This weeks blog coincides with the launch of the May/June Thought Leaders Magazine and so I have decided to let it be the blog and a gift this week.

It's digitally delivered, so download your copy now. Packed full of great information and in a well laid-out, easy to read format.

Thought Leaders was created to help clever people be commercially smart and leverage the power of their ideas. The whole Thought Leaders movement is powered by our mentor community and supported by our online platforms.

Here is a list of all the Thought Leaders sites and how they might be useful to you. I'd suggest the following:

1. Download the Magazine and enjoy - www.thoughtleadersmagazine.com
2. Check out what thought leadership is all about at our online TV channel - www.thoughtleadersstudio.com
3. If you like what you see, then become a member (FOC) via our online social network - www.thoughtleaderscentral.com
4. Attend a summit in a city near you - www.thoughtleaderssummits.com