The Winning Voice

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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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‘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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Too busy to be present in the moment

As this is the fourth week of the month, the focus is on giving ideas and strategies for challenges that my clients and prospective clients have shared with me. The challenge one executive recently shared was this: ‘I had so much on my plate I was too busy to be in the moment’.

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