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How people experience working with you depends upon a number of factors. A big part of that is process. As I have written about extensively, process is important. It helps to coordinate, to deliver results, and to codify expectations and principles into guidelines that can be followed. Those benefits tend to be internal to an organization, however. Frustrations and unintended consequences can occur when those same processes bleed to the outside. For those who lead with process, consider this a cautionary tale.
It has been a while since I have posted here. I have unintentionally taken a bit of a summer hiatus. New projects have emerged, and I’ve also been reflecting on my overall focus and intent here as I find my voice and hit my stride with some of my other endeavours. I’m excited to be back here, contributing, observing, reflecting and sharing. I look forward to that continuing going forward.
Too many of us think that leaders are born, not made. We presume that leadership is an innate skill that we either have, or we do not. The reality is that leadership skills can be successfully taught, and learned. More importantly, good leadership gets demonstrated in a variety of contexts, by people of all levels and from all walks of life. Leadership isn’t necessarily the product of conscious intention; it shows up because it is needed. Above all, though, leadership is a performance; it involves embracing the behaviours and performing the roles that are essential in the moment, in response to the situation, to attain the outcomes that are required.
Last week was a difficult one for many. In one decision, rights have been taken away that were long-accepted as fact. There has been a lot of rage and sadness and frustration expressed already. There have also been calls highlighting the importance of others making their voice heard in support. That’s an interesting challenge. It is not easy being an ally. It is not something we are trained for. Nonetheless, there are approaches and strategies to engage in that will help.
Every year, the Ride for the Breath of Life raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis research. I have been participating for many of the seventeen years that the ride has been held. This year, my participation was once again virtual, as I rode alongside but at a distance with those that gathered in Edmonton. It was a spectacular day, for a very important cause. It is a cause that I am happy to support, and I’m grateful for the generosity of everyone that sponsored my participation.
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Delivering effective presentations is not easy. When it is done well, however, the results can be exceptional and the impacts can be profound. Peter and Mark have each been presenting for decades. In this, the third presentation in a trilogy, they unpack and explore the similarities and differences in their approach and the insights they have gained from each other. They dive into your questions, and provide recommendations of how to present confidently and well.
Building a presentation is an act of love and a process of discipline. It requires process and it also requires intuition. This is the second part of a trilogy where Peter and I go deep into our process of how we present and why, and the thinking that goes into the development and delivery of a typical presentation. Mark dives deep into his process, exploring how presentations get approached, exploring where there is process, where leaps of faith occur and how both blend together to create a final product.
4 August 2022 In the coming months we’re offering a trilogy on what we’ve learned along the way from a combined 70+ years as professional speakers (a number that frightens both of us somewhat). Think of this as a masterclass in presentation development and delivery. We’ve done a few webinars on delivering presentations before: Bullet…
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