When You’re Bland You Blend

You may have all the relevant skills and experience but unless you can communicate in a compelling way you won’t get far. ‘When you’re bland you blend’ is one of the phrases from this week’s book club recommendation by Paul McGee, keynote speaker and performance coach – How to Speak so People Really Listen.

This book is informal and accessible, full of useful tips and written in a warm, amusing way. We really like it and think you will too.

Of course, if you’d rather learn these skills on our group or 1-2-1 courses do get in touch. We will help you stand out from the crowd.

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We Can All Talk. The Challenge? 
Getting People To Listen.

Reviews on the back cover :

′This book is down–to–earth, gritty and oozes experience. I′ve been speaking for over twenty years trust me, I′ve learnt from this book. Paul McGee is clearly a skilled helper.′
Kriss Akabusi MBE

′I have nearly a hundred books on public speaking and this is a refreshingly different take on all of them. You′ll read it in hours but the messages will stay with you for years. It′s clever, insightful and packed with takeaway tips.′
Jeremy Nicholas, Writer and Broadcaster

Buy Paul’s book on Amazon.

KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class communicator and leader. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: Thinking partnership coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytellingtricky conversationsresilience and communicating purpose.

Contact us today to book a course or to find out more.

The Secret Language of Leadership

This week’s book club recommendation comes from Simon Lancaster, one of the world’s top speechwriters. Simon’s book, ‘Winning Minds, Secrets from the Language of Leadership’ blends ancient rhetoric and neuroscience to create the definitive guide to the language of leadership.

This book is a wonderful resource! We use it as part of our KineticFuture Leadership Communications Coaching and Courses and always recommend Simon as a speech writer.

The opening paragraph talks about Boris Johnson’s opening speech at the London Olympics, when everyone came together to celebrate Great Britain and our achievements in putting on such an amazing event. The crowd and the whole country were buzzing.

Simon says:

“There is a secret language of leadership – a secret set of physical, verbal and vocal cues and signals that has existed for tens of thousands of years which still determines who makes it to the top in business and politics today.”

Some quotes from Amazon:

“Winning Minds lays bare with shocking clarity the simple techniques that great communicators use to manipulate our emotions. Give them a go and unleash your hidden leader!” – Peter Wanless, CEO, NSPCC

“Simon’s book unlocks the secret of how to be a world-class communicator and leader in a book that is as entertaining as it is packed with know-how.” – Darren Childs, UKTV Media

Find out more about Simon Lancaster’s specialist speech writing agency here: https://www.bespokespeeches.com/

Watch Simon in action on Youtube.

Buy Simon’s book on Amazon.

KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class communicator and leader. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: Thinking partnership coaching, executive presence, presenting and storytelling, tricky conversations, resilience and communicating purpose.

Contact us today to book a course or to find out more.

The Six Habits of Executive Presence

A wise colleague of mine described Executive Presence as:

“The water leaders swim in to get things done. It’s not optional. It’s essential for respect and trust”.

KineticFuture are experts in coaching the ‘how’ of EP one to one and in groups. Today I’m going to share with you The 6 Practical Habits of EP. This is a distillation of the KF coaching method for your presentation communication.

6 Habits of Executive Presence in Presentation Communication

  1. It’s all about the audience – flex to their needs and perspective you’re already halfway there.
  2. Integrity & expertise – how are you going to demonstrate this?
  3. Authentic passion & belief – your topic may not set your pulse racing but you’ll have to find something that motivates you
  4. Warm authority under fire – there is a pivot point between warmth and authority. You’re looking to find the right blend for the situation and culture.
  5. Listens to understand – the audience needs to feel this is a two-way conversation and you have to truly understand what they are thinking.
  6. Tailored value messages and strong storytelling – underpinning your confidence is knowing the value you bring to the other person and being able to articulate it. Strong storytelling will build engagement and memorability.

On our courses we’ll work with you on your physicality (vocal energy, body language etc.) blended with communications strategy plus you’ll develop your story ready to present. All focused on a real work situation. Your colleagues will also coach you and you’ll learn to self-coach too.

We have worked for 19 years with demanding companies including Abbvie, The ABI, Barclays, GSK, The Open University, Novartis, Mars, MSD, Reckitt Benckiser and Vertex.

Do call or email me if you’d like to know more. Everyone can develop their Executive Presence with dedication and good coaching. And the rewards are great for you and your teams.

Meet Arthur Puppy and Get Moving!

I saw an interesting interview on BBC news yesterday, all about how physical activity can help children do better at school. It made me think. How much do most adults move around in a work day? How long since you got up from your desk?

We have some ideas to incorporate movement into your day below, as well as a photo of one of our office dogs, Arthur the miniature schnauzer – everyone loves a puppy photo don’t they?! And having a dog definitely gets you moving!

Making small changes to your daily work routine can dramatically reduce fatigue and increase productivity. And staying physically active can reduce your chances of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes. It can also give you more energy, help you handle stress and activate your mind for productive tasks.

simple changes you can make today:

  1. Have standing or walking meetings
  2. Walk or ride at least part of the way to work
  3. Go for a walk at lunchtime
  4. Take the stairs, not the lift
  5. Try a standing desk
  6. Volunteer for the coffee run
  7. Stretch regularly
  8. Track your steps
  9. Walk to see someone in the office, rather than sending an email or phoning

KineticFuture specialises in coaching leaders to be highly skilful communicators and our courses are far from sedentary! Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work:- Thinking partnership coaching, executive presence, presenting and storytelling, tricky conversations, resilience and communicating purpose.

Contact us today to book a course or to find out more.

Empathy Key to Co-Creation

The three types of empathy are a hot topic in our age of co-creation. If your leaders, MSLs, marketeers or technical teams would like coaching in this area, do call us. It’s a fascinating subject.

Empathy researchers define empathy as:

‘The ability to sense others’ emotions coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling’.

There is real depth in this area which can help you hone or even manage your empathy. You may be using too little or too much.

For certain, developing your E-awareness can help you with: matrix working, co-creation with the NHS or other groups, managing upwards or coping better with upsetting work situations.

Top Tip for Empathy

Listen to Understand

  • Genuinely be interested, want to understand their views.
  • Don’t ever interrupt the other person or just be waiting until you can dive in with your own point. Let them finish fully.
  • Show it by keeping your eyes on their eyes, using open and forward body language and exude ease not rush or competition.

KineticFuture specialises in leadership and communications coaching. Karen Moyse has been a coach for 8 years and a skills trainer for 20. She recently graduated as a TIME TO THINK coach specialising in the thinking environment. KineticFuture courses include Executive Presence, Presentations and Thinking Partnership coaching for individuals and teams.

Do contact us if you’d like to talk about your own goals right now on karen@kineticfuture.com