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Know Thyself – Self Awareness as the Key to Enlightened Leadership

Wally AdamchikBy Featured Speaker Wally Adamchik

You cannot lead anyone or anything if you cannot lead yourself. Effective leadership of self depends on a high degree of self-awareness founded on honesty and introspection. As individuals advance in their careers they are exposed to new challenges and the opportunity to make decisions with the benefit of wisdom gained over time. However, this wisdom must be cultivated. It lies within all of us but only surfaces when it is sought. Not only do we as individuals face new challenges as we advance but society throws challenges at us also. Fortune Magazine puts it this way, leading a company today is different from the 1980s and ’90s, especially in a global company. It requires a new set of competencies. Bureaucratic structures don’t work anymore. You have to take command and control types out of the system. You need to allow and encourage broad-based involvement in the company. Stephen Covey in The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness says, the industrial age was about control, and the information age, or knowledge worker age, is about release.

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Butterflies and Stamps: The Difference Between Distracted and Purposeful People

Laura StackBy Featured Speaker Laura Stack

I was an avid reader growing up. I’ve read the Little House on the Prairie series probably 30 times and an unknown number of Black Beauty and Nancy Drew novels. I remember sitting for hours at a time, in the corner of our living room in my daddy’s favorite recliner, absorbed in the stories. My mother would come fuming into the living room occasionally, demanding, “Didn’t you hear me call you??” I would look at her, confused, as I came back to reality, and answer honestly, “No, mommy I didn’t.” And that was the complete truth!

That level of concentration is very hard to achieve today. There are so many things competing for our attention in the workplace, that it’s often very difficult to concentrate. Do you have “half-done” projects all over your office and your home? Do you get distracted easily and tend to blow like the wind in a many different directions? Do you continually talk to yourself about all the things you need to do (“I don’t know…do I talk to myself?”)?

If so, this article is for you. (more…)

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The Power of Confidence

confidenceJack Palance once said in a Skin Bracer commercial, “Confidence is very sexy, don’t you think?”

Yes, indeed it is … but it is also one of the public speaking super powers that can help you be a better presenter.

The funny thing with confidence is … at least in the realm of public speaking … that you don’t need it to get started, but it helps, and the more you succeed, the more your confidence grows.

You see confidence feeds on itself, growing in power the more you flex the confidence muscle.

That’s why, when it comes to confidence, you often have to “fake it until you make it.”

Another thing about confidence is (more…)

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The Power of Authenticity

be authenticAfter passion for your topic, the most common public speaking super power I found was the Power of Authenticity. But what does that mean in the context of public speaking?

When someone is authentic, they are worthy of our trust and belief. They are real. They are true to their own personality, spirit and character.

So, when you give a presentation in your own true voice, from your unique perspective and you are credible in your knowledge, you are using the Power of Authenticity.

In fact, the Power of Authenticity can be what sets you apart from other speakers who give presentations on the same topic. You see, no two people are exactly alike, so even if five speakers give a presentation on the same topic, if each one uses the Power of Authenticity … each presentation will be entirely different.

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Learning to Become a Powerful, Persuasive Speaker is Like Training to Run in a Marathon

Arvee RobinsonBy Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson

After diligently training for over five months to run in the Los Angeles Marathon, I can’t help but notice the similarity between learning how to become a more powerful speaker and how to become a powerful long distance runner.

1. The first similarity is overcoming the fear.
Fear comes from not knowing what to say, what to do, or what may happen in any given situation. Most people would never dream of running a Marathon without training. They have an overwhelming, justifiable fear that without proper preparation, running 26.2 miles could injure them badly. They know that best way to overcome that fear is through practice and training.

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The Evocation of Heroes

superheroesNOTE: This is an actual speech I gave when I was working toward my CTM in Toastmasters (circa 1989-1990). In a way, it is the seed from which Public Speaking Super Powers grew.

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman!

(sung) Spiderman. Spiderman. Does whatever a spider can.

Her golden lasso compels you to tell the truth. She is so swift and keen of sight that she can throw off bullets with the help of her bulletproof bracelets. Who is she? Why, Wonder Woman, of course!

jesus christReligions have been based on this man’s teachings. He was a healer. He raised a man from the dead. He was a peaceful man. He was (and is still) considered, by some, to be the Son of God. He was Jesus.

lee iococaThis man took Chrysler from bankruptcy to stability and growth. Lee Iacoca.

We all need heroes. Heroes are an important part of our emotional and spiritual growth. Without their example, how would we know the greatness we can all achieve? Heroes show us the good side of human nature. They point to the wonderful person in all of us.

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