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How to become a persuasive public speaker

As a leader, you’re regularly required to speak in public at:Team meetingsCustomer presentationsNew business pitchesInvestor briefingsNetworking eventsIndustry conferences...perhaps even videos like this!Despite this frequency, many leaders still find it...

How to maximise your impact as a leader

How to maximise your leadership impact Think of the leaders who have made some of the greatest contributions to society: Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey... They all know that to be an effective...

Why & how clear communication starts from within

Why and how clear communication starts from within To be an effective leader, you have to be an effective communicator. And to be an effective communicator, you’ve got to be a clear communicator. Without clarity, even the most compelling of messages won’t...

Why leadership communication needs to be purposeful

Why communication needs to be purposeful I’m often told by leaders that they are “too busy” - they don’t have the time to communicate with their team and find it moves further and further down their to-do list, often giving way to “more business-critical”...

How to lead so others follow

Think of the leaders you have followed in your lifetime. Did you have confidence in them? Did you trust them? Did they help you feel secure and optimistic about the future? In their research, Tom Rath and Barry Conchie asked over 10,000 followers what they...

Key elements of a communications plan

One of the biggest barriers to effective leadership communication is a lack of time and consistency. If you rely on ad hoc or reactive communication, your team will receive disjointed information and won’t get a clear and consistent picture of you as a...

Maximise time for effective leadership communication

It's no surprise that time - or rather, a lack of it - is one of the most common barriers to effective leadership communication. As a leader, you are constantly pulled in multiple directions. You have a million unread emails in your inbox; your diary is...

How to build trust and credibility as a leader

In their research over the last 30 years, leadership experts James Kouzes and Barry Posner have found that credibility is the number one reason people follow a leader. The Oxford English dictionary defines credibility as: "the quality of being trusted and...

What is leadership communication?

What is leadership communication? Richard Branson describes communication “as the most important skill a leader can possess”. Why? Because - as a leader - your primary role is to lead. To have a destination in sight, to chart the course to success and to...

Top 4 tips for overcoming your fear of public speaking

There's no doubt about it: public speaking is an act of vulnerability. To lay ourselves bare and speak openly and honestly in front of others requires courage. In doing so, we expose our authentic, best self to the scrutiny and evaluation of an audience....