PowerSpeaking executive and Chief Learning Officer Carrie Beckstrom shares some thoughts on courageous truth-telling, on what would have been civil rights activist Rosa Park’s 107th birthday.
PowerSpeaking, Inc.’s founder, Rick Gilbert, was one of the first in the market to crack the code on how to present successfully to senior executives. Though our research and best practices continue to evolve, the core advice in this 2011 CIO Magazine online remains as true as ever.
Have you ever spilled coffee all over yourself on purpose? Yeah, me neither. But would you believe that an unintentional fumble like that—or any genuine blunder in front of an audience, really—might just turn out to be a good thing?
Best-selling author, Harvard instructor, keynote speaker, and brand adviser, Carmine Gallo, has an interesting proposition: that business is in sore need of employees and leaders who are masters of the ancient art of persuasion.
I read a recent study by tech giant IBM that came to a pretty startling conclusion: In the next three years, approximately 120 million professionals worldwide will need to develop more effective behavioral skills and new ways of working together in order to succeed in the evolving digital age.
They’d just done a tour of the NBC studios in New York City and were walking down to the merchandising area when someone from Seth Meyers’ Late Night show walked up and asked if they’d like to sit in on a rehearsal of that evening’s show. Mary McGlynn, owner of PowerSpeaking, Inc. and Melinda Henning, longtime Master Facilitator, looked at each other and said, “Absolutely!” We talked with them about what turned out to be an extraordinary experience...
For most of us, the Labor Day weekend merely marked the unofficial end of summer (back to school! back to work!). But of course, the holiday has its origins in much more serious issues about the workplace and workers’ rights. Today, it’s meant to honor the value of labor and laborers—no matter what the work entails.
People with big, bold, sometimes disruptive ideas are the ones who will help us meet the dramatic changes happening in the workplace now, and in the future (think, evolving global markets, warp-speed technology advances, and a new and very different generation of workers). But people with trailblazing ideas need to be effective, persuasive communicators in order to convince people to follow their lead. That’s where PowerSpeaking and its new partnership with DisruptHR San Francisco come in.
If running effective, productive, in-person meetings wasn’t hard enough, nowadays video and teleconferencing add a whole new layer of complication. “There’s no doubt that virtual meetings give us flexibility and global reach that creates all kinds of possibilities for collaboration,” says PowerSpeaking’s Chief Learning Officer, Carrie Beckstrom. “But like any technology, we have to learn to use it well. And when it comes to virtual meetings, that technical know-how must be in addition to the application of best practices that make any kind of meeting, in any setting, successful.”
Immediately after the recent U.S. Democratic debates, newspapers and social media ran commentaries observing how much more often the male candidates, vs. the female, interrupted other panelists and the moderators (especially on the first night). Because of those interruptions, the men commanded much more airtime over the course of the debates. The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Inc. Magazine were just a few media we read that took a closer look at that gender phenomenon. Then there was the Los Angeles Times, which didn’t mince words with this headline: “Democratic debates mirror life: Men yell and interrupt. Women (mostly) wait their turn.”