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.

Do Fear Messages Really Work?

We were debating this question at a presentation workshop I ran last week. It’s an important issue whether you are Extinction Rebellion or you are talking about a tough issue with your team or customers. The answer is surprising.

The answer is yes and no.

Fear works well to gain attention. The Extinction Rebellion rallies really make me sit up. They create great stories to tell.

But if you want people to act you need to move sharply into action-oriented messages, or they will switch off. If we are bombarded with just negativity, it all becomes too difficult and too overwhelming, so we talk a lot, but we do nothing.

It’s also about setting out specific and easy first steps. First steps so we can see the reward. So, to stick with the environmental theme – the articles you see about ‘5 Things You Can Do Today’ are positive and helpful. (But they need to be told with more oomph!)

The interesting kicker on all this is that if what you are suggesting does not resonate with someone’s values, social norms or things that are important to them it won’t work. The coal industry in Australia has tried positive messaging but this has been very much received as spin soundbites. Gosh. Perhaps that means we do see through fake news? Now there’s a thought.

If you would like to tell your story to encourage awareness and to change behaviour or to build your confidence and executive presence for meetings, presentations or for difficult conversations, do contact us. We will help you build a powerful communications strategy and an engaging way of telling the story for the occasion as well as working with you on your vocal energy and physical presence.

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.

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: Time to think coachingexecutive presencepresenting and storytellingtricky conversationsresilience and communicating purpose.

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