Litter Picking Fun App

This app makes it fun to pick up litter. Who would have thought it?

Jeff Kirschner’s 6 minute Ted talk scores on so many levels. It’s a great example of how to ignite people around your purpose – in his idea and in the way he communicates it.

  1. It’s a presentation about rubbish but it had me interested from the word go – fantastic idea, great data
  2. The story he tells in his presentation is personal, amusing, highly visual, surprising and edgy, with clearly presented data slides. All devices that gain your attention and keep it. His physicality oozes confidence and presence.
  3. His app is tapping in to people’s existing desire to keep doing what they love, taking artistic pictures and sharing them. And the human desire to be included in a bigger community with a real meaningful purpose. Both make it easier for them to act and boost personal happiness.

If you would like to know how to ignite people around your own purpose we can help. We coach leadership teams to be exceptional communicators. Contact us to find out more about our bespoke inspirational courses.

Watch Jeff Kirschner’s talk below.

Visit Litterati to find out more and download the app (for iPhone).

How Brave Are You?

Presentation style needs to match the audience. But we should all try and remember not to get stuck in just one style of presenting.

This Ted talk by comedian Jill Shargaa may be a bit too ‘bonkers’ for a corporate meeting, but it’s an exaggerated example of what makes a awesome great presentation.

Why?

  1. She has a good opening and draws her audience in straight away with her enthusiasm and passion
  2. She maintains this level of enthusiasm throughout her talk; I wanted to hear more all the way through and you can tell the audience did too
  3. She made me think (about her presenting style and about what I would personally add to my awesome list!)
  4. Her slides are visual, simple and have impact
  5. She kept things uncomplicated, with lots of repetition and her vocal energy, body language and eye contact is great

This lady is a comedian so she’s braver than most in terms of talking to an audience but we can still learn a lot from her style.

How about trying out a fun presenting style for an internal conference? Are you brave enough?!

Our presentation courses are evidence based and 80% physical practice. We blend brain science, positive psychology and advanced communications skills to help leaders become exceptional communicators.  You can work with us one to one or in groups.
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Watch Jill Shargaa’s Ted talk below.

 

I’m Only Human

Leaders are only human.  This is a great Ted talk we thought you’d enjoy if you want to tackle any of your own bad habits at work and at home.  It’s all part of being a great energising leader.

This great Ted Talk shows that it’s more effective to be curious about a bad habit than fight it.  The technique tested was twice as effective as the gold standard smoking cessation therapy.

You can use the same approach whatever your habit.  Perhaps you get stressed or angry at work or constantly look at texts, drink too much or take no exercise.  Most of us do something which isn’t helpful to us as leaders and as humans.

This Ted Talk is from psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer.  He’s using a blend of mindfulness and neuroscience to find a way of slowly letting go of bad habits.

Part of the solution is to be curious in the moment of committing a bad habit; feeling and noticing what’s going on.  One of the people in the smoking cessation study said, “It smells like smelly cheese and tastes like chemicals. Yuck”.  It’s a way of breaking the spell.

So the process is:

1. You have the urge
2. You are curious
3. Have the joy of letting go and
4. Repeat.

Developing insight into your own strengths and ways of thinking is the starting point for our Energising Leadership Programme.  If you’d like to find out how it can help your team to become energised and energising leaders, contact us today.

Watch Judson Brewer’s Ted Talk ‘A simple way to break a bad habit’ below.

Watch ‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone Man below.

Magic Can Be Taught

“If you want to enthral an audience, go where the magic is happening. The black church preachers, the rappers, the barber shops know exactly how to reignite imagination.”

That’s the message from Christopher Emdin, science advocate, at a Ted Talk. He’s encouraging teachers to bring back the wonder to teaching and his ideas are useful for business presenters too.

See how the church preacher asks for an ‘Amen’ when the congregation starts to drift. What’s your business version of that?  Listen to the metaphors of rappers.  What could you emulate?  How about the story telling skills of a favourite barber?

Have a look at Christopher’s own authentic and different presentation style. You can hear how he’s using repetition like a preacher to make a point.  Feel the passion in his voice.  Look at the stillness of his body language and eventually, the animation of his hands when he relaxes.

Above all his style is clear, fresh and different. Magic can be taught.  You can present magically.

Our presentation courses are evidence based and 80% physical practice. We blend brain science, positive psychology and advanced communications skills to help leaders become exceptional communicators.  You can work with us one to one or in groups.
Call us today to find out how we can help your leaders become exceptional communicators or check out our courses.

Watch Christopher Emdin’s Ted talk ‘Teach Teachers How to Create Magic’ below.

Help! Dealing with Stage Fright

You may not be a ‘quirky folk singer-songwriter’, dealing with nerves before an open mic performance in front of an audience of twenty (like Joe Kowan in his funny Ted talk, ‘How I beat stage fright’).

But what I took away from his talk is that facing his fear of performing in public was the best thing he could do to make it easier the next time. Starting with a light hearted song that he knew well helped too!

Presenting is a skill that you can learn. The more you do it, the easier it will get. And it’s okay to admit that you find it scary; Joe’s openness about his fear put the audience at ease.

Here are some of the tips you sent in on how you prepare before walking on stage:

  • Prepare a strong opening sentence or two to learn really well.
  • Equally, don’t forget to rehearse a strong, confident finish to end on which clearly refers back to your opening remarks, bringing the presentation full circle.
  • Visualisation – run through your presentation in your head before you go on – sportspeople do the same thing; visualising a race from start to finish so that they can make the outcome they seek ‘real’.
  • Repetition – practice is key, know your stuff back to front.
  • Glass of water – always good to keep one handy when you present.
  • Power posing – put your body into an open, confident pose for two minutes. Your cortisol level, which is a stress marker, will drop. Keep breathing. Walk around confidently if it helps.
  • Find a friendly face in the middle of the audience to come back to.

Are your leaders super presenters?

Our presentation courses are evidence based and 80% physical practice. We blend brain science, positive psychology and advanced communications skills to help leaders become exceptional communicators.  You can work with us one to one or in groups.
Call us today to find out how we can help your leaders become exceptional communicators.