Words That Weaken You

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!  

So, find out more about our executive presence and presentation courses and find below the most common words that weaken you.

Here are our top six undermining filler words. So small yet so significant. All you need to do is to catch yourself and stop saying them – your authority and presence will rise.  

Maybe

Perhaps

Sort of

Kind of

I’ll try

Sorry

(stop apologising for being in the room!)

KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class leader and communicator. 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: Time to think coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytellingtricky conversationsresilience and communicating purpose.

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Where’s Your Courage and Conviction?

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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 karen@kineticfuture.com. It will transform your ability to communicate and lead. Find out more about our courses here.

Pimp Up That Presentation Fast

There are some super-fast ways to take a presentation from bland (no one’s listening!) to brilliant (people engaged, influenced, believing, wanting to act).

How often have you been given a presentation written by and for someone else, with little time to change it? You know it’s dull but now it’s your reputation on the line as you’re delivering it, so you need to make changes fast.

Kineticfuture can coach you on simple effective ways to create and deliver a great presentation and build your executive presence – so find out about our group coaching courses. For now, here are some fast track tips you can use today for presentations, group meetings or Skype meetings. Even using just one tip will make a real difference.

I’d love to hear your own ways of tackling this last-minute challenge.

6 WAYS TO PIMP UP THAT PRESENTATION FAST

  1. Go back to basics quickly – who is the audience, has it changed, what’s your goal, what’s their goal and concerns, why are they there, what do they want from you? (You’d be amazed how often the brief changes or the initial brief was totally wrong. This stops you having a complete audience disconnect!)
  2. Take the water cooler test – what’s your one key message (one short sentence) and check it’s valuable for you and the audience. Make it surprising, something new, something important, a point of view, something that gets to the heart of the challenge or the solution. This is not a summary of the situation! (This key message is the hardest part but force yourself to commit and do not ‘go vanilla’ unless that’s your whole comms strategy).
  3. Add in a short story – it needs to be something that illustrates the challenge, the opportunity or results. Stories can be personal, need to be surprising, trigger emotions and illustrate the key message. Humour works but choose carefully. If you can include more than one story, please do.
  4. Turn the structure on its head – start with a story to illustrate the challenge or opportunity (slide 2- immediately after you say hello). Communicate the key message and what you want the audience to do (slide 3). Then go into the agenda which enables you to illustrate the key message (if the decision-maker has to dash off, this up-front approach can be a lifesaver).
  5. Build in audience interaction – this is a conversation remember, you’re not talking at people, so you’d naturally ask rhetorical questions, or get the audience to participate in any way you can. They will remember you and how you made them feel much more than the content.
  6. Improve the visuals – if you are not bound by legal approvals, you can add in simple slides with strong visuals that illustrate the point. You can also drop or move slides around. The idea is to make the presentation your own. And if worst comes to the worst, you can stand in the way of really ghastly slides and just talk to the audience or dump the slides entirely.

KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class leader and communicator. 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: Time to think coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytellingtricky conversationsresilience and communicating purpose.

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

New Executive Presence Courses Launched

You can learn a lot about confidence and self-belief when you’re stuck up a mountain with just a pair of skis. I have transferred innovative psychological ideas from ski coaching to our new KineticFuture Executive Presence group courses. Here’s me looking very proud of myself on the slopes with a good friend.

We’re excited to launch our new Executive Presence courses – offering more personal coaching, new energising simulations, and even better results.

You can Learn how to use Executive Presence in presentations, meetings and tough conversations. In your own unique style. Using the latest global research and KineticFuture’s own deep expertise.

Everyone can achieve Executive Presence with good coaching and hard work.

YOU CAN DISCOVER HOW TO:

  •  Build your standing and impact with leaders and teams
  • Communicate with confidence and grace under fire
  • Balance warmth, authority and gravitas
  • Connect to people and inspire quickly
  • Use your power to thrive and support others
  • Show your decisiveness and ‘teeth’ when needed
  • Enhance your reputation and standing
  • Communicate your vision with charisma
  • Say no in 100 ways

Find out why companies like Novartis, Abbvie, Mars, Reckitt Benckiser, GSK and Barclays choose KineticFuture for executive presence courses and one to one coaching.  And why we have a 100% repeat assignment rate.

 Check out snoworks.co.uk to improve your skiing.

New KineticFuture brand identity

I’m finally back from Canada and buzzing with the huge success of seeing grizzly bears and orcas. What an amazing experience!

It’s great to go away but also good to get back to work with fresh vigour. Today we’re formally and proudly launching our new brand identity, proposition and services. It’s all in response to the challenges you told us were most pressing right now.

We’re now 100% focussed on our area of deepest expertise – coaching leaders to be highly skilful communicators.

Our team’s purpose is to be ‘Rocket Fuel For Your Talent’.

Among many things, you told us:

  • Confidence is still a big issue. You want to flex your communications style for impact
  • You’re not sure how to have executive presence and authority in today’s global  business world. Executive presence supersedes gravitas
  • Women dislike the word power and want new, authentic ways to get important work done
  • You want to make work fun, enjoyable and encourage innovation.

Our response to this new world order is:

  1. Personalised coaching is what you want – in groups or 1-2-1
  2. Use solid research of what works in real life today
  3. Give you tools to think independently and coach others
  4. Everything starts with a communications strategy, or you’re dead
  5. Blend coaching specialists from communications, theatre, psychology, neuroscience, storytelling and industry sectors

Have a look at our new proposition, the tips function and case studies.

Are we missing anything? We love to keep learning and developing and know you do too.

Drop us an email or give us a ring if you want to talk about coaching which adds Rocket Fuel For Your Talent (or if you’d like to know more about seeing bears and orcas in Canada!)