The Winning Voice

Best in class communication techniques from Michael Kelly

Power is never given. Power is taken

Power is never given. Power is taken. People who are “ready” give off a different vibe than people who aren’t. Animals can smell fear; maybe that’s it. The minute you become ready is the the minute you stop dreaming. Suddenly it’s no longer about “becoming”. Suddenly it’s about “doing”. You don’t get the dream job because you walk into the editor’s office for the first time and go, “Hi, I…

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‘Ask for a raise’ month

The start of a calendar year or fiscal year has been reported to be a good time to ask for a raise in salary. As July 1st is the start of the Australian financial year, this month’s theme will focus on asking for a raise, a promotion etc. To warm you up for the month, here is an article entitled, The best months to ask for a raise.

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Trump v Clinton, May 2016

  In May 2016, I had written the below post on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Throughout the last year, I’ve often been asked for my thoughts on President Trump. I thought you might be interested in reading/re-reading this prior post. +++++++++++++++++++ What type of leaders are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – based on their spoken messages, style, look and body language? Is there anything they need to do…

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Handling a ‘glass half-empty’ colleague

It’s a constant battle to get him on the same wavelength as me . . . he’s a glass half-empty guy. When I’m running a project with him, it’s never good enough. Recently, an executive friend shared the above thoughts in relation to a peer he had to regularly work with. Below are planning and handling ideas for this matter.*

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Owning a scene – James Spader

‘If you wish me to weep, you must first show grief yourself’. Horace. Top performing actors – own scenes. James Spader is one actor who does this over, and over again. In relation to the Horace quote, Spader can make the characters he portrays, feel an emotion deeply. And that feeling is realised in compelling, believable performances.

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Vivid Presentations 101

‘If we do these things, we won’t end up like this’ A number of years ago, at one of my client’s off-site conferences, I was in the audience during the Managing Director’s opening keynote presentation. During the presentation the MD said ‘If we do these things, we won’t end up like this’ – while displaying on the presentation screen, a carcass on a butchers block with a chef’s knife lodged in…

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Can you produce powerful, vivid feelings in the mind?

Each year, in the months of May and June, in Sydney Australia where I live, the Vivid Sydney Festival is held.  To align with this Festival of Light, Music and Ideas, this month we’ll explore how light and music can be used in your presentations for better impact. In effect, to make your presentations, vivid. And we definitely could use more vividness in presentations. The definition of vivid is:

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‘Rolling their eyes’ – Foreign English speaker

‘How do I handle this situation? I have a regular teleconference with members of my team which includes a person – of Bulgarian background – who calls into the conference from a remote location. The thing is, is that this person’s pronunciation of English is mediocre at best. I have to keep on saying “sorry”, because I can’t understand him, to the point where I feel I may be embarrassing…

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George Clooney & Hugh Laurie – STILLNESS

Consider these two bits of information. #1. If you stop moving your head around, you’ll be a movie star’. Director, Steven Spielberg, speaking to actor George Clooney on the set of the television series ER quoted in a New Yorker Magazine article. #2. Below is a link to a 26.55 minute video clip of an interview with actor Hugh Laurie. Laurie is a captivating speaker. Watch as much of the clip…

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