The Justin Trudeau Secret Sauce For Connecting

The Justin Trudeau Secret Sauce For Connecting

How you can apply Justin Trudeau's number one secret skill to really connect with people.

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The Ripple Effect - One Year On

The Ripple Effect - One Year On

A reflection on what has passed and what's to come since my father died.

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Play The Flag, Not Your Swing.

Play The Flag, Not Your Swing.

A lesson from golf that will unlock your communication.

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Unwrap Your Presence

Unwrap Your Presence

All leaders are looking for presence, but where does it start from? Here are some thoughts and tips.

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The Power (and danger) Of The Pause

The Power (and danger) Of The Pause

If you want to add pauses to your communication don't fall down the gap. Here's how.

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Merde!! How to get out of the presentational doodoo.

Merde!! How to get out of the presentational doodoo.

There are moments in any communication when it all goes wrong. This is how to embrace those moments to your advantage.

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How To Tackle The Runaway Brain

How To Tackle The Runaway Brain

Your audience thinks faster than you talk. Here's how to deal with this problem.

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Rehearsing To Be Human

Rehearsing To Be Human

In this blog I take a look at how a well structured rehearsal process can help a bid team to shine with all of their humanity.

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How To Communicate Like An Edinburgh Award Winner

How To Communicate Like An Edinburgh Award Winner

Some thoughts from the Edinburgh Fringe about aceing your communication.

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Negotiating The Storms Of Objection

Negotiating The Storms Of Objection

In any act of persuasion we face either implicit or explicit winds of objection. This week I look at the lesson from a great TED talk that can get you sailing smoothly to a safe harbour.

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How To Trigger A Story

How To Trigger A Story

You want to hear people's stories but they aren't telling them. Here's a way to kick start the process.

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Time and Tide - Leading change when change is inevitable.

Time and Tide - Leading change when change is inevitable.

Change happens; it's inevitable and often cyclical. Here are three ways to think about leading it.

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Whoops! - Why reason isn't King.

Whoops! - Why reason isn't King.

How reason fails in persuasion and story wins the day.

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On Happiness, Gratitude And Accountability - In Memory of Jo Cox MP

On Happiness, Gratitude And Accountability - In Memory of Jo Cox MP

Let go of the need for specific outcomes and be grateful and accountable if you want to be happy.

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Sell Your Ideas, One Bottle At  A Time

Sell Your Ideas, One Bottle At A Time

Thoughts on connecting to a wide network from a top Australian wine maker.

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A Consultant's Story

A Consultant's Story

How engaging with a client's story helps you become the trusted advisor.

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Leadership And Being The Change You Want To See.

Leadership And Being The Change You Want To See.

A look at the role that leaders can play in creating and nurturing the stories that underpin an organisation's culture.

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You Kant Feed The Elephant

You Kant Feed The Elephant

How telling yourself a different story can change your feelings and behaviour.

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How To Feed An Elephant

How To Feed An Elephant

Everyone's brain has a hungry elephant that needs feeding if you want things to happen. This is how to do it.

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The Ripple Effect - for my father.

The Ripple Effect - for my father.

How every action leaves a trace and builds a reputation.

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The Tyranny of Perfectionism

The Tyranny of Perfectionism

Why perfect is weird, and how avoiding it could change your life.

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Be someone...rather than anyone.

Be someone...rather than anyone.

A communication lesson from a poetry competition winner that will make you stand out from the crowd.

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Explorers In Our Own World

Explorers In Our Own World

How turning your day into a 'treasure hunt' could improve the quality of your energy.

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The Necessity of Reflection

The Necessity of Reflection

How reflection time provides the solid foundation for dynamic creative action. 

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The McLaren Guide To Leadership

The McLaren Guide To Leadership

How the leadership of McLaren ensure a top to bottom culture of winning with humility.

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An Offer They Can't Refuse

An Offer They Can't Refuse

How being a bit daring can build strong deep relationships in rapid time.

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It Takes Two To Tango

It Takes Two To Tango

What the Argentine Tango taught us about leadership.

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The Easy Way To Start A Difficult Conversation

The Easy Way To Start A Difficult Conversation

How to start a difficult conversation without ranting or avoiding.

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The Warm and Powerful Leader: Part Two.

The Warm and Powerful Leader: Part Two.

This week I look at how warmth and power add to four roles of the leader during the life cycle of a project.

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The Warm And Powerful Leader: Part One.

The Warm And Powerful Leader: Part One.

Thoughts on the why and how of being the leader who makes the team feel important.

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How PIE helps your impact.

How PIE helps your impact.

Which bit of the PIE do you need to swallow to help your impact?

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Motivation in 2016

Motivation in 2016

A simple way to motivate your teams at the beginning of this new year.

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How To Survive A Christmas Party

How To Survive A Christmas Party

What to do when your only friend at an event is your Smartphone.

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Why are YOU talking about THIS?

Why are YOU talking about THIS?

Find the reason why YOU are in the room rather than document or one of your colleagues.

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How To Get Your Point In At Meetings

How To Get Your Point In At Meetings

What can you do when a meeting is like a runaway bus and you can't get on?

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What and How To Rehearse For Winning Tenders

What and How To Rehearse For Winning Tenders

How clearly structured rehearsal stops you looking rehearsed in a winning presentation.

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Handling nerves like a world champion.

Handling nerves like a world champion.

This week a lesson in controlling nerves from a world champion rower.

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Every Contact Leaves A Trace

Every Contact Leaves A Trace

We're always communicating. Learn what CSI Miami can teach you about how to view your interactions.

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When 'I don't know' is a powerful phrase.

When 'I don't know' is a powerful phrase.

This week I have another lesson from Bond director Sam Mendes. It is about the power that come from being vulnerable in communication.

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Sam Mendes on Creating A Vision

Sam Mendes on Creating A Vision

This week I let you into one the leadership secrets from the director of Spectre.

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This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

Is your articulation letting your leadership down? Here's the solution.

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Don't Be So Interesting

Don't Be So Interesting

We all want to be interesting. But is that the right thing to focus on?

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Drains and Radiators

Drains and Radiators

A good friend of mine used to label all of his team as drains or radiators.

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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

I am sitting in a room with a hundred strangers. The conversation drops. A young woman turns and looks me in the eye.

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Pass I On

Pass I On

Why is everyone so passionate these day? What are they on about?

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  • W B Yeats

    'Think like a wise man, but communicate in the language of the people.'