Hello. I am the founder of KineticFuture. We specialise in coaching CEOs and leadership teams to be exceptional communicators. Internally and externally, on video, in meetings and presentations.
My team and I work with companies ranging from Barclays and GSK through to Mars. We use an evidence based methodology to get you 'battle ready' .
We blend the latest research from neuroscience (brain science), positive psychology and theatre skills to do this. Personally, I'm just about (crossed fingers!) to graduate from the NeuroLeadership Institute.
All this science has radically changed what I recommend to clients. Even with my 25 years as a communications consultant! Some of the learning is common sense some of it has been a real surprise. It's a 'no brainer' to find out and use this new knowledge. Do not get stuck in the dark ages.
For example, next time you think of communicating with a team think much more about:
1. Getting them into a toward state first - positive not fearful. Nothing happens without this. And be aware of key human motivations like status, the need to be social, autonomy, fairness and certainty
2. Make a connection with the 'in group' - your ideas will be received better, less prejudiced
3. Attention is king - but balance excitement, fear and expectations to keep people in the sweet spot of arousal.
I can show you how to use these principles and many more as part of our Advanced Leadership Communications Programme. Our clients use our course to improve trust with clients, sell more to customers, build confidence, gravitas and resilience and engage employees around change.
Before Kinetic I was Deputy CEO of H+K Strategies so we have a very practical business focus.
How dare you take away my childhood. How dare you…. How dare you?
This was how Greta Thunberg, 16, challenged the ‘grown ups’ at yesterday’s UN climate emergency conference. It was impassioned and angry. So why am I saying she has executive presence and gravitas?
As a business coach, I work with leaders on their executive presence and gravitas. It’s the missing link between merit and success. Try the tips below and contact us if you’d like coaching to find an authentic approach to presence that works for you and your role.
Here’s the video. Greta demonstrates you don’t have to have titles or age to have executive presence and gravitas because:
She has authentic conviction which comes from her integrity and her expertise in the topic.
She has made an active decision to use this level of anger about the situation – she has not lost emotional control. This is part of a clear communications strategy. She knows that she has to speak truth to power now – because the level of BS is rising but there is still no practical action to get CO2 emissions down to zero by 2025.
Look at her stillness. Even though her words are strong her body language is powerful. Good eye contact, open and up, she doesn’t fidget. This supports her presence.
It’s that time of year. You’ve got that big meeting tomorrow with the board, of course you’re prepped. But if you want to really impress (or get what you want!) click on the links below for tips right now.
These meetings are career opportunities as well as a way of getting great work to fly. We lead the way in coaching executive presence. This is the SOS version! Give us a ring if you’d like to go deeper, find out more about the evidence base and the how.
Are some of your team consistently negative? It’s great to disagree with each other and healthy to have different points of views. I’m talking about the kind of behaviours that kill the energy in the team.
I’ve seen this from both points of view in my Time To Think™ coaching. From the people who are perceived to be negative (often wrongly) and from the leaders trying to engage and re-inspire a team. If this is something you’d like to tackle, do get in touch. There’s a great deal you can do to turn this around working 1-2-1 or we can create a bespoke group course.
7 TOP TIPS
Show empathy and respect for the person and their point of view
Remember you’re all ‘One Tribe’ – assume good intent and value
Consider that they may not be negative, you are just not listening or you simply have a clash of communication styles
Gently help them reframe and explore a different point of view
Talk about impact of their behaviour on others – the phrase ‘when you do x, it can be perceived as…’ reduces defensiveness
Give attention and reward the positive behaviours you want to see more of
There are words that sneak into your language and undermine your leadership and executive presence. You don’t need them, and you can get rid of them fast!
They signal to your boss, your clients or your colleagues that you are not confident, like little negative beacons. On our executive presence and presentation courses, our clients identify them, ban them from the workshop and set forfeits for each other if they sneak back in. You can play this game with yourself or a friend. Have a go. It’ll drive you nuts!
Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist has had a major impact on the debate and on me.
I kicked off my presentation course last week by showing
this video of Greta below. She proves you don’t have to be an expert, have
titles or be a slick presenter to have a tremendous impact and gravitas.
What you need to find is authentic conviction and the
courage to be yourself. My only request of the people in the presentation
workshop was that they bring themselves to our work that day. The answer was a
resounding yes. And they did. Brilliantly.
If you would like coaching to find and use your authentic conviction and courage for your meetings and presentations, please do email me on email@example.com. It will transform your ability to communicate and lead. Find out more about our courses here.