LA 074: How to Thrive When the Robots Rise

There’s a lot of excitement about artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential for robots to autonomously make decisions about what gets done, how it gets done, and who does it. As the technology fast approaches the dreams of science fiction, many professionals, blue and white colour workers are beginning to fear a future where their […]

LA 073: How to Waste Your time Writing a Career Plan

“Where do you see yourself in five years time?” This insidious little question invites the interviewee to begin a little game that finishes as a belief built on sand. You guess what your prospective employer wants to hear, and then you give it to them. It’s almost as bad as your Aunt’s favourite: “What do […]

LA 072: Hacking Neuroscience to Re-Inspire your Get Up and Go

We all want an inspirational leader. Someone to look up to, to give us hope and direction. A leader who engages us as individuals and treats us well, but most of all makes us want to be better. But what if that leader is you? And today you’re feeling a bit blah. Everything’s sort of […]

LA 071: How to manage Uncertainty using Command Intent

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson’s excellent response to a reporters question before his fight with Evander Holyfield. And isn’t that just true about all of the best laid plans we make? No plan survives contact with the enemy Attributed to Helmuth von Moltke in the 19th century. […]

LA 069: Getting to knOW your Audience

Part 5 of our series on Being an Exceptional presenter takes us into the OW of KNOWing your Audience. Blame the ‘O’ for millions of people being fearful of presenting at all. And blame the ‘W’ for most presenters failing. It’s also why most telemarketing sucks. Both to receive and to do. To give your case the […]

LA 068: The Secrets of Being an Exceptional Presenter Part 4 – Getting to Know Your Audience

If there’s one complaint I hear about a presenter’s skills from their boss or a their HR, it’s that they don’t adjust their presentation for their audience. And yet those presenters genuinely believe that they do adjust for their audience. So who is right? Well, they’re both correct of course. The presenter thinks they are […]

LA 067: The Secrets to being an Exceptional presenter 3 – Get Visual!

n this AdvantEdge Guide I am sharing how you can make your presentations engaging, memorable and interesting by utilising the New Golden Circle of Visual Storytelling. There are three parts to this guide. I shall start with the problem, that is that most presentations (and presenters) are boring. That Smartphones are a presenters enemy and […]

LA 066: The Secrets to Being an Exceptional Presenter 2 – Start with Why

You want to make a greater impact and you want to be seen as an exceptional presenter, but nobody seems to care what you say or how you say it, let alone act on the information you shared. What you need to do is motivate your audience to pay attention and motivate them to act […]

LA 065: The Secrets to Being an Exceptional Presenter

It’s all about being “natural” or “charismatic”! It is, you’re right of course. So shall we mere mortals give up then? It is true that some people appear “natural” and “charismatic” when they deliver a talk or presentation. But they usually neglect to tell you the real secret of their confidence and “natural” ability: that […]