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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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‘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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Power is like scissors, because . . .

Power is like scissors, because if you’re not careful with power, it can cut people to bits. The focus this week is on practical ways of making your language richer, memorable and less stale. The sentence above – which I heard a number of years ago and still remember – uses the literary devices of ‘similie‘ and ‘contrast‘.

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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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Be green and growing!

As St Patrick’s Day occurs in March, and since green is the traditional colour of the day, the theme and focus for this month’s posts is ‘Be green and growing!’. To get you going, on being green and growing, below are four prior posts to prepare your mindset for this month’s ideas and techniques.

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