The Winning Voice

Best in class communication techniques from Michael Kelly

Transparency: Lose the comb-over

The following might be tough to read for some of you who are men. On balance, and with respect, it’s still best in my view to deliver the message.

Let me explain.

When I ask CEOs and other senior executives what behavior or attitude has paid off for them in their careers, many say ‘Transparency, Candour, Frankness’ and similar words.

With transparency in mind, I suggest that if you have a comb-over, that you consider changing your hair style so there is no comb-over.

This may mean shaving a part of your head that is thinning or shaving your entire head of hair.

I’m not suggesting this is an easy thing to do.

However, if you agree with the attitude of transparency – that has paid off for many top performers – using thinning or wispy hair to hide/cover over the skin of your head, is a display of non-transparency. It’s not consistent with a transparent presentation of yourself to the world.

The ‘how to apply’ for this post: Find a competent hair cutter (I can recommend one for readers who live in Sydney – email me at michael@kellyspeech.com.au if you want the person’s contact details) and discuss styling options that don’t include a comb-over.

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p.s. Recently with my corporate clients the following project has attracted interest.

Top performer ‘Hot-House’ consulting/coaching.

Description: This consulting/coaching delivered by Michael Kelly, for four of your top performers, would be conducted in two group modules. As well in the process, each participant would have two, one on one coaching sessions with M. Kelly.

To be placed in the programme participants would need to be keen to receive direct, encouraging, yet confronting feedback from M. Kelly and from fellow participants on their ‘performances’ – what they did well and where they can improve. 

Participants would be put through challenging, with short notice, varied speaking and presentation scenarios/environments followed by immediate deconstruction from Michael Kelly as to their performance. This ‘Hot-House’ format will ‘harden’ and forge in participants, a new level of presence, and a new level of being articulate, compelling, commanding, and at ease, in any interaction, meeting or presentation.

Participants would be repeatedly video recorded in the programme, and would take away video clips of their performances with M. Kelly’s deconstruction, for self-study and review.

If you’d like to discuss the project please email me at michael@kellyspeech.com.au or phone me in Australia at (02) 9416 2311.

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