The Winning Voice

Category Archive - Body language

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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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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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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‘I consider everything I compose . . .

‘I consider everything I compose a gift.’ Keith Emerson. This week, the focus is on practical techniques to ‘compose’ your presentations. What if, like Emerson, you considered every presentation you composed, a gift for your audience? If you did, wouldn’t you put more care into the composition of the gift, so it was well received?

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How do you ‘Compose’ your presentations?

In remembrance of two composers born in May – Johannes Brahams (7/5/1833) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky (7/5/1840) – this month’s theme will be on ‘composing’ your presentation. What can you learn from musical composers, to help you compose your presentations? More than you’d think.

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‘Own’ your communication skills

‘A good conversation is elegantly connected with listening’. This quote is from the article Ten ways to improve your communication skills by Melanie Pinola. As this is Week #2 (Practical techniques) of the theme ‘Be green and growing’ – the ‘Ten ways’ article will give you plentiful ideas and techniques to reflect on and grow your communication. The ways are focused on everyday communication, but are easily adapted to executive communication.

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How to Communicate upwards

Recently when I asked a client what was the biggest communication challenge they had in the last seven days, the client said, ‘Communicating upwards.” With the change in direction of my blog, the fourth week of the month (ie. this week) will focus on a challenge my clients have shared with me, and ideas and techniques on how to address that challenge.

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