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5 things bad speakers and terrible leaders have in common

bad speakerAs I mentioned in my last post, I recently read an article by leadership authority Roxi Hewertson, President & CEO of the Highland Consulting Group, that listed five things great leaders do, as well as five things failing leaders do. I also shared that what I found so interesting about the article was how the information could easily be applied to public speaking.

In my previous post, I shared the five things great speakers and leaders have in common. Today, I’ll head in the other direction.

Five Things Terrible Speakers Do

They Are Self-Absorbed
“Failing leaders just don’t pick up on or value other people’s signals,” says Hewertson. “Or, if they do, they don’t care, all demonstrating a fundamental lack of empathy.”

One of the super powers many of my featured speakers valued was the ability to read the audience. When a speaker fails to pick up on — or care about — an audience’s emotional response to his or her presentation, that speaker fails miserably.
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5 things great speakers and great leaders have in common

great speakersI recently read an article by leadership authority Roxi Hewertson, President & CEO of the Highland Consulting Group, that listed five things great leaders do, as well as five things failing leaders do. What struck me was how the information could easily be applied to public speaking.

The first thing Hewertson commented on was focusing on attitudes and behaviors when evaluating how you are performing. “These are the biggest differentiators between great leaders and failing leaders because they demonstrate the four core emotional intelligence metrics: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. These four factors are directly correlated with attitudes and behaviors that work for you or against those in a leadership role.”

The same can be said of speakers. Those who approach speaking with the right attitudes and behaviors that respect and engage an audience, that support being of service to the audience, are those who have more gigs on their calendar and more call backs to the same clients.

Five Things Great Speakers Do

They Know Their Emotional Landscape
Successful speakers understand their own emotions and recognize how those emotions, and the behaviors they generate, affect themselves and the audience.
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