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HOW TO WRITE A BOOK TO ENHANCE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND – STEP 6

Writing a book will raise your profile, enhance your personal brand and advance your career – so why haven’t you started?

Writing a Business Book - Polish Your Outline

This series takes you step-by-step through the process of writing a book – using a process that doesn’t require that you put your life on hold to get it done.  If you haven’t already made a start you can get an introduction to this entire series here.  If you’ve been working through the process then well done – you are just a few quick steps away from starting to write the content of your book! Continue reading “HOW TO WRITE A BOOK TO ENHANCE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND – STEP 6” »

DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?

I owe it to myself to live up to the highest standards.  I owe it to myself to provide legendary excellence … At the end of the day, we try not to boil the ocean but just look for the best win-wins’, he told her…”

Do you speak English?

…people at this company were always ‘drilling down and disintermediating the dialogue… driving maximum functionality, with end-to-end mission-critical competence to incent high-level blue-ocean change.’”

In his excellent book, The Social Animal, David Brooks paints an immediately vivid picture of the swaggering CEO of a fictional major corporation. Continue reading “DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?” »

NEGATIVE GESTURES-THE TERRIBLE 13

What are your body language and gestures saying to those around you in your unguarded moments?

13 Negative Gestures to Avoid

Body language, and especially gestures, account for much more of the message you communicate than the actual words you speak. This 3-part series provides you with all you need to know to communicate a positive message through your gestures.

In the first post we looked at a selection of ‘gestural phrases’ that you can combine to ensure that your gestures positively support whatever message you’re trying to convey.

In the second post we looked at how those basic ‘phrases’ could be combined to create the ‘7 Most Powerful Gestures’.

So far we have focused upon the positive side of gestures – on what you should do.  In this final post in this series I’ll give you a quick look at the ‘dark side’ – those gestures to be avoided in all situations, at all costs. Continue reading “NEGATIVE GESTURES-THE TERRIBLE 13” »

GESTURES – BODY LANGUAGE SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS

Body language and everyday gestures speak louder than your words.

A recent study by Spencer Kelly, Associate Professor of Psychology, Colgate University showed that people were much quicker to understand any verbal message when the message was supported by appropriate body language and gestures.   When the gestures were either missing or didn’t match the message was harder to understand.

Body Langauge & Gestures

Perhaps more importantly research also reveals that when your words and body language / gestures are do not match, and you send conflicting messages, the person you communicate with will believe the gestures and other body language, and ignore your verbal message.

The implication is clear – you MUST be aware of what your body is saying if you wish to communicate a clear and believable message.  Then, you must take control of your body language and gestures to ensure that they communicate only what you wish to communicate.

In this first post of a three-part series on this critical topic we’ll look at a brief list of positive gesture ‘phrases’ that you can train yourself to employ to fine tune your communication skills. Continue reading “GESTURES – BODY LANGUAGE SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS” »

CHARISMA IS LIKE A KALEIDOSCOPE

Charismatic leaders inspire and engage their people and, as a result, they achieve results from those people that are superior to the results achieved by other leaders.

This short series on leadership charisma will show you how you can become more charismatic and achieve similarly impressive results from your people.

Charisma is like a kaleidoscope

In the last post in the short series on charisma for leaders I introduced the research we conducted to identify what it was that business leaders who were perceived as charismatic, and who as a result engaged their people and achieved superior productivity from them, shared in common. That study was the largest ever undertaken into the nature of charisma in business (40,000 leaders worldwide were assessed by almost 400,000 of the people who worked for them).

Bottom line: at its most basic charisma is simply what others say you have when they really like the way you behave day to day, the way you treat them, and the things you say. Continue reading “CHARISMA IS LIKE A KALEIDOSCOPE” »