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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).

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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.
Call us today to find out how we can help your leaders become exceptional communicators or check out our courses.

Watch Jill Shargaa’s Ted talk below.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Airbnb Co-Founder Gives Wow Presentation

Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, gives the best presentation I’ve seen all year. While you’re enjoying it, you can notice and steal many of his presentation techniques. It’s just perfect. Watch Joe’s Ted talk here.

He bet his whole company on the belief that people can trust each other enough to stay in one another’s homes. How did he overcome the stranger-danger bias? Through good design.

It’s really worth a watch. We’ve forensically dissected why this presentation works for clients attending our Presentation Courses. Notice how he:

  1. Opens with a great story – thinking he might be kidnapped in the boot of a car by his first B&B client. Great, because he’s addressed the key emotional fear around sharing your home with a stranger and he’s used a compelling visual plus humour.
  2. It leads nicely into telling us how Airbnb overcame these trust issues – so he gives us an answer to the problem and tells the Airbnb story from an interesting point of view.
  3. He uses humour, then becomes very serious, then comes back to humour. He asks rhetorical questions and he changes pace perfectly. It all keeps us listening.
  4. When he asks the audience to swap phones he creates a physical connection with the emotions of trust and ramps up the attention and engagement of the audience. The audience loved it.
  5. We can see from his sparkling eyes and his strong body language how passionate he is about what he does. It’s real and authentic.
  6. He gives us hard evidence from Stanford on building trust – which tells us something new and builds real credibility.
  7. He’s not afraid to talk about when it went wrong and how much pain that caused him – this builds credibility as it’s what we’re all worried about.
  8. He gives us the ‘mother’ of all good testimonial stories towards the end about a guest who had a heart attack and was cared for by his host. Memorable and touching.
  9. He ends on his inspiring world vision for us to remember and be a talking point. Gebbia sets out his dream for a culture of sharing in which design helps foster community and connection instead of isolation and separation.

Clever stuff. I’m off to book another Airbnb!

You can learn a forensic approach to creating presentations on KineticFuture’s advanced presentation courses. In groups and one to one. Give us a call to find out how.

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Is Anyone Listening?

Celeste Headlee is the granddaughter of a famous African-American composer, a writer, radio host and professional opera singer. And she has some great tips on how to have a better conversation in this truly captivating Ted talk, ’10 ways to have a better conversation’.

If you have ten minutes spare today it’s really worth a watch – it made us think about how we have conversations; not just in a professional setting but also with friends, family and people we have just met.

It’s incredibly relevant in the modern world where teenagers are much more likely to text friends than talk face to face, and where there are endless distractions competing for our attention.

Above all, remember to go into each conversation with your mind open and prepared to be amazed.

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” (Bill Nye).

Here is a summary of our favourite tips from Celeste’s talk. She says if we could choose just one of them and master it, we will be better at this interpersonal skill – which would you like to improve on?

  • Listen – it takes effort and energy to pay attention, but if you don’t do it, you’re not in a conversation. Stephen Covey said, “Most of us don’t listen with the intent to understand, we listen with the intent to reply.” So true!
  • Don’t multi-task – be present, be in the moment, put down your iPad, turn off the TV
  • Don’t pontificate – enter every conversation assuming you have something new to learn
  • Use open-ended questions, starting with who, what, when, why and how – for a more interesting response – “How did that feel?” “What was that like?”
  • Go with the flow – let thoughts come and go; don’t insist on telling them that story you’re dying to add when it has nothing to do with what they are saying!
  • Don’t equate your experience with theirs – it is not about you; conversations are not a promotional opportunity

KineticFuture specializes in the communications aspects of leadership development. Do contact us to find out more, we promise to listen to you.

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Are You A SuperTasker?

People aren’t just cooking anymore – they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made.  At work, we take the conference call while writing the report while checking out social media while wondering if the kids are ok at nursery.

Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for – gasp – “mono-tasking.”  His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.  Enjoy this wonderful and amusing presentation on Ted.com.


Paolo says that only 2% of Humans Are SuperTaskers – people who can genuinely multitask.

For the rest of us, multitasking activates the brain’s rewards centre but degrades performance.  When you’re multitasking you feel alert and alive but accuracy and performance drops off.  Constant emailing and text messaging, for example, reduces IQ by 5 points if you are a woman or 15 points if you are a man.

So give your brain a treat, do just one thing for a bit and boost your performance.

You absolutely can be an energising and energised leader.  If you’d like to find out how to create an energised organisation, collaborate better and perform at your peak do talk to us about our Energising Leaders programme.

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Melissa Marshall: Talk Nerdy to Me

If you ever have to present on complex topics that could be a bit ‘nerdy’, this entertaining and enlightening 4 minute video is a must watch.  I know everyone is busy right now so I’m going to keep this inspiration simple, just like Melissa’s message on presenting.

Melissa’s Top Tips for Presenting ‘Nerdy’ Content

  1. People are really interested in technical subjects but you’ve got to tell me what it means to me, early on
  2. Try and keep your message simple and beware of jargon and terminology that I may not understand
  3. When using slides, too many bullet points can confuse me and stop me from really listening to what you are saying
  4. Much better to have a single summary sentence and great visuals that you can talk about
  5. Use examples, stories, analogies to explain your message to me and don’t forget to be passionate about your subject!

Do get in touch if you’d like to find out about KineticFuture’s 5 step presentation coaching model, based on evidence from neuroscience, positive psychology and theatre skills.  We can show you how this can take your presentation impact to the next level. Click here to find out more about our Presentations, Gravitas and Personal Presence course.

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Deliver a Jaw Dropping Moment

Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the tragic news of 9/11 broke but we often can’t remember what we did yesterday.

Why?

Because our brains are wired to recall emotionally dramatic events (positive as well as negative) and ignore the mundane and ordinary.

In a similar way, presentations that include an emotionally charged event create a heightened state of emotion in the audience that makes them much more memorable and enjoyable. This can be done by telling a story, using props and images, or sharing some unexpected statistics.

Some of our favourite examples of presentations that include extreme jaw dropping moments include:

  • Bill Gates – when he released a jar of mosquitos into an audience in his Ted talk on some of the world’s biggest problems.
  • Dr Jill Bolte Taylor – when she brought out a real human brain in her talk about her personal experience of having a stroke.
  • Hugh Herr – his Ted talk on the development of bionics that ‘let us run, climb and dance’ (watch it below). In particular, the moment at the end of his talk when Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a victim of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing comes on stage for her first dance since the attack.

The audience response to the speaker’s dramatic action speaks for itself. They look interested, enthralled, alive… and some of their jaws are actually dropping open!

Try and apply this to your own presentations. You may be presenting on something your audience have seen many times and the topic may not be nearly as emotional as these talks but wouldn’t it be good to make the effort to surprise them? They’re more likely to remember what you’ve said if you do!

If you would like to know how to use positive psychology and neuroscience within your own presentation we can show you how – contact us today.