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Leading Questions about Leadership. What is leadership? Though questions like these are asked over and over again, many of us remain confused about leadership’s nature and our own potential for leadership. For example, where do you stand when it comes to answering this question: Can we all exercise leadership, or is it reserved only for those “special” persons at an organization’s top?

Goodbye, Leadership Communications Roundtable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I am withdrawing from membership from the LinkedIn Leadership Communications Roundtabl e.    Yes, I have grown from the digital conversations with fellow members. And I will regret losing access to that interaction. There is so much speechwriting talent in the community.

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Leadership Communication Lessons… from a Teenager

Matt Eventoff

Jonathan McCoy has great leadership communication intangibles and the lessons we can learn from his presentation are as valid as ever: Jonathan McCoy is eleven years old. It has been well over a year since this was first published, and there have been numerous requests to re-post it.

Obstacles to Exuding Gravitas & Leadership Presence

Speaking Freely

Briefly, I’ll mention what leadership presence or gravitas means. The post Obstacles to Exuding Gravitas & Leadership Presence appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills Obstacles to exuding the quality of gravitas are some of the greatest psychological barriers that leaders and emerging leaders must conquer. It is giving weight or importance to anything you say or do. Gravitas is the highest octave of self-confidence.

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Celebrating Voices of Leadership with The Bright Side of Life

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Back on June 27 I spent a delightful and instructive day helping judge emerging speakers at Sahar Kordahi’s Bright Side of Life Voices of Leadership day. Interview I caught up with Sahar & Pam after the event and asked them to share the background to the Voices of Leadership.

Famous Speech Friday: Gwen Ifill on politics, policy & leadership

The Eloquent Woman

In " Politics, Policy and the Reality of Leadership " she is funny, serious, frank and inspirational. For example, she uses her own biography as a segue into speaking about leadership, which then opens into a larger discussion of women's leadership in politics.

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Conversational Leadership: A Baker's Dozen

The Communication Blog

Throughout the communication literature there is much research, theory, and discussion on small group leadership. There are even textbooks in group and team leadership. But, there’s little on conversational leadership. What does a conversational member do that results in attaining leadership? The conversational leader maintains leadership by ignoring turn-requesting cues. This helps maintain one’s leadership position.

Why Public Speaking is Important for Leadership


When we think about leadership, we usually picture political leaders who stand at podiums rallying crowds to support their causes; or athletes who spur their team to push their limits and try harder; or executives who develop strategies to help their colleagues edge out the competition.

Public speaking, persuasion, leadership

The Communication Blog

October 2013) has a wealth of information on public speaking, persuasion, and leadership that I think students will relate to easily. leadership Public Speaking The current issue of Inc.

Leadership and Effective Communications

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Vince Molinaro is rocking the leadership world with some very provocative ideas about how leadership involves both a community and a contract and how leaders need to join up and sign up before they are ready to lead.    Here's the link to the blog about my 4 steps to effective leadership communications, but don't stop there:  [link]. There's a new blogger on the scene, and he was kind enough to blog about my book Trust Me. 

Leadership Communications - Tough Message, Gentle Tone

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The new kind of spiritual leader, Pope Francis delivers tough messages, gently.   Many of those focus on the need for reform within his church. But there is none of the traditional harshness which used to go with being the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Characteristics of Inspirational Leaders – Blog by Frenetta Tate

Speaking Freely

I just read an excellent blog post by Frenetta Tate MBA called The Seven Success Characteristics of Inspirational Leadership. Leadership leadership Leadership presenceTate identified a powerful set of qualities that leaders who inspire others possess. They are: 1. The Crusader 2. The Connector 3. The Innovator 4. The Encourager 5. The Coach 6. The Builder 7. The [.].

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Great Leadership Begins with Leveling with People |

Speaking Freely

Future Business Leaders of America – California State Leadership Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I was fortunate to volunteer as a speech contest judge for an impromptu speech contest for High School students held Friday and Saturday as part of the State Leadership Conference of the California Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). I was fortunate to volunteer as a speech contest judge for an impromptu speech contest for High School students held Friday and Saturday as part of the State Leadership Conference of the California Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Some Business and Leadership Lessons from Downton Abbey

The Presenter's Blog

Following on from our recent Downton Abbey article , here is a guest-post from Broc Edwards over at the Fool With A Plan leadership blog. Tips From The Top Broc Edwards business change Downton Abbey fool with a plan FutureNow leadership

Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Leadership Presentation Skills public speaking Uncategorized Confidence Fear of Public Speaking leadership Presentation Public Speaking Course public speaking training Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.”

Gravitas – The Missing Quality for Powerful People who aren’t Being Promoted

Speaking Freely

executive presence Leadership Presence Communication gravitas Leadership presence TransformationAbout Gravitas Gravitas is about using your personal power in service to others and giving up the pleasure of asserting your power with a sharp voice tone. contacted me and shared that he is strong technically, reports to the highest leaders in his company and gets great feedback that his expertise is valuable. He has […].

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 254) – Warren Bennis

Manner of Speaking

Quotes for Public Speakers Leadership public speaking public speaking quotes quotes Warren Bennis“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” — Warren Bennis.

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Thought Leadership - So 20th Century

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thought leadership seems so last century. Not thought leadership. His game is not about thought leadership. Often, there will be a slot on their websites marked "thought leadership."

Women in Leadership & Business Conference 2012

Executive Speech Coach

How to Deliver Superior Presentations: Attend the Women in Leadership & Business Conference to hear George Torok speak - Monday April 16. superior presentations leadership speech business presentations

So You Want to be a Presentation Designer?

Presentation Guru

… Inspiration Role Models Entrepreneurs featured inspiration Leadership Presentation DesignWhat’s Your Goal?

5 Leadership Lessons from The King's Speech

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

For my blog today, I'm pointing to a new ebook on Amazon and iTunes that I've just written and published thanks to New Word City:  5 leadership lessons from The King's Speech.   Without it, you won't be able to get people to pay attention to your leadership long enough to lead. 

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Toastmasters Friday: Whattya Mean You're Going Into Leadership?

Speak and Deliver

So what business do I have going into the leadership track now? So how can I take a leadership position? Also, let me be clear, I don't disagree that Toastmasters teaches leadership. I believe leadership springs from our longtime strength - communication.

The Rules for Being Amazing

Manner of Speaking

Some time ago, I wrote a post about leadership lessons from my friend and former colleague, Robin Sharma. Robin is one of the foremost authorities on leadership and the author of several international bestsellers.

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5 Steps to Greater Influence in Meetings (PSSST)

Kate's Voice

vocal image vocal power conversations leadership listening One of my clients, who is determinedly on track for a promotion in a fast-paced corporate environment asked me, “How can I insert myself more into conversations and meetings?”

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How to Say a Few Words When You are not Prepared to Speak in Public

Speaking Freely

Communication Confidence Leadership public speaking Public Speaking Courses Public Speaking Training Speaking Impromptu Thinking on Your Feet leadership overcoming fear of public speaking Presentation Skill Tips Public Speaking Course public speaking training Speaking from the Heart By Sandra Zimmer Speaking in groups and meetings is an essential skill for every business professional.

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Thought Leadership & Trump Effect - 5 Must-Dos

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The iconoclastic rhetoric of Donald Trump has changed leadership communications. Showmanship in leadership presentations isn't new, either. Right now, thought leadership has to contain entertainment.

Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course

Speaking Freely

Introducing a Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course who want to learn to exude more gravitas in […]. The post Cultivate Gravitas for Leadership Presence Course appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

You Are Not Your Slide Deck

Kate's Voice

Executive Presence leadership perception presentationsWhen I was first introduced to presentations in the business world I was appalled. I realized that people thought that their slide deck was their presentation.

Practice Breathing to Manage Public Speaking Fear

Speaking Freely

Breathing Fear of Public Speaking MIndful Breathing Presence public speaking Stage Fright Techniques to Clear Fear breathing Fear of Speaking Leadership presence overcoming fear of public speaking overcoming stage frightBreathing to manage public speaking fear really works.

Want to Speak like Steve Jobs?

Speaking Freely

Authenticity Persuasion Presence public speaking stage presence Uncategorized grounding leadership Leadership presence Presentation style Public Speaking Course Steve Jobs storytellingI had never seen Steve Jobs talk before; but after he died, I heard lots of people rave about the way he spoke in public. It seemed like many people thought he was the epitome of a great speaker. Then I began reading his biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Before even finishing a [.].

How to Demonstrate Grace under Media Fire: General Eric Shinseki, VA Secretary

Speaking Freely

Communication Confidence Have Faith in Yourself Interview Skills Interviewing Leadership Leadership Presence Presence Thinking on Your Feet Interviewing Skills Leadership presence Transparency By Sandra Zimmer Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ How would you respond if you were accused of incompetence in a media interview? Could you stay calm and open? Could you handle it with grace and dignity?

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What to do after you screw up that first impression

Kate's Voice

Executive Presence leadership perception presentationsFrom the first moment you open your mouth to speak, people are judging you. They are deciding who you are based on what they hear– geographic origin, your gender, your education, your emotional state, etc.–

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Leaders Need Comfort in the Skin for Public Speaking

Speaking Freely

Fear of Public Speaking grounding Leadership Presence public speaking Confidence Connection overcoming fear of public speaking Presence What is often misnamed as fear of public speaking is one of the best-kept secrets of corporate leaders. It is surprising how few leaders feel really comfortable speaking in public settings and being the center of attention. Much has been written about fear of public speaking, but what I think has not been clearly understood is that the problem […].

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The Alchemy of Public Speaking: Turning Performance Anxiety into Presence

Speaking Freely

Alchemy Authenticity Fear of Public Speaking Presence public speaking Public Speaking Courses Public Speaking Training Stage Fright Techniques to Clear Fear Cure for Fear of Public Speaking Fear of Speaking Leadership presence overcoming fear of public speaking overcoming stage fright Presentation style Public Speaking Course public speaking training Transformation Transparency Alchemy is a term for turning a less valuable substance into a more valuable one.

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The Easiest Way to Make a Difference

Speaking Freely

Communication Connection leadershipDo you really want to make a difference? It’s easy! You don’t have to start a non-profit, give up your day job and travel to Africa to live among the poor or sell all your worldly possessions and donate the proceeds to a charity. All you have to do is tell someone he is [.].

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Top Ten Scott Walker Leadership Lessons for Barack Obama and Liberals

TJ Walker Interactive

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Servant leadership in a restaurant

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

An example of servant leadership happened in a restaurant last night. Leadership & Management leadershipMy wife and I were enjoying a meal in a local restaurant. We were not enjoying our drinks, because even though we had repeatedly asked for them, the drinks failed to arrive. A waitress, Jade, who was working another table saw that we were having a problem. When we told her she went off to the bar, spoke to the barman and came back immediately with our drinks.

3 little leadership words every executive speaker should learn

The Eloquent Woman

Sometimes the most eloquent statements are the simplest. That's what Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter thinks.

10 Ways a Contestant Can Add Value to their District

Speak and Deliver

Volunteer at your TLI - the next big project for your district after the Conferences is the Toastmaster Leadership Institute. Use it to Speak & Deliver the right messages - messages of communication, service and leadership that define our organization.

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