The Winning Voice

Best in class communication techniques from Michael Kelly

George Clooney – Playful

What can one say about George Clooney? Leaving aside his job as an actor, in the following 22:31 minute interview with Charlie Rose, the affect that Clooney leaves with me – is of someone who is comfortable in his own skin, self-assured and playful.

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Keep attention – with an ‘unpredictable wind’ voice

Consider this . . . Even a small increase, in your knowledge and appreciation of your voice, is a worthy investment. Following my suggestion last week to listen to your audio-recorded voice – consider how your knowledge and appreciation of your voice has increased over the last seven days? Even a small increase in knowledge or appreciation is worthwhile.

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It’s Spring – time for your voice to ‘bud’

September marks the start of spring in Australia. It’s a time when flowers bud. In botany, a bud is an undeveloped or embryonic shoot. Once formed, a bud may remain for some time in a dormant condition, or it may form a shoot immediately. Buds may be specialised to develop flowers or short shoots, or may have the potential for general shoot development. This month’s focus, aligned to the theme of budding, will be on: Your budding…

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‘How’s the day started/going/been?’

The interactions I have most trouble with are the informal ones, particularly with senior execs. You know, the times before a meeting starts, or after it has ended, or at a networking event, or in a lift.  Recently a younger client of mine shared the above challenge. The reason why informal interactions can be challenging is because they’re unpredictable. You can’t prepare for them in the same way as preparing…

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‘You didn’t get the job’

‘I had to tell an internal candidate that they didn’t get the job . . . that it went to an external candidate’. Recently a client of mine told me about a situation where he had to tell a direct report that he didn’t get the job he had interviewed for. He found this situation a difficult one to handle.

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Kevin Spacey – ‘Do you have a heart?’

‘Do you have a heart?’ This is a memorable line spoken by Kevin Spacey during his interview with Charlie Rose. Below is the link to the clip (see ‘Here is the CLIP’)  of the 34:39 minute interview. There are several sections of the clip that resonated with me. Overall, just as Spacey owns scenes in his acting, he owns this conversation with Rose. He’s playful, witty, solid, unrushed, passionate, flippant –…

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Learn faster than your competitors . . .

Consider this . . .  In today’s social media world, with people always having their smart device at the ready. Where you can easily communicate with someone by showing or sharing a photo or a video clip, or by sending them a text message. Where perishable pictures do the talking – why do you need to speak well – or speak at all? Let me share my views on this…

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Month of the Orator

During the month of August, the following orators were born: Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769), Frederick Douglass (11 August 1841) Fidel Castro (13 August 1927) Bill Clinton (19 August 1946) and Barack Obama (4 August 1961). On 28 August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I have a dream’ speech.

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