Genuine self-expression is important for anyone looking to communicate effectively. Who better to demonstrate this power of authenticity than one of our own personal coaches and PowerSpeaking Trainers, Mitesh Kapadia? We sat down with Mitesh and asked a few questions about authenticity, and why it matters for him.
Authentic leaders maintain their professional and personal values that reflect their genuine beliefs. It's no easy feat, but to become an authentic leader is to become an inspiration to yourself and others as it marks a strong resolve with direction. Take a deep breath and read on to see how you can take the lead to inspire success.
Philip Pullman, considered one of the 50 top British writers since 1945, offered an insightful statement when he said: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Richard Kearney, author of On Stories, stays in the same vein of thinking: "Telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for while food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living.”
I recently read a blog from Rick Gilbert, Founder of PowerSpeaking, Inc. (now retired) with a provocative title: Why Trump is a Better Storyteller Than Hemingway. This is not about politics. It’s about the impact of stories. Stories connect to emotion. Stories help people remember and are central part of human nature.
Listen in as Rick relates the work of Steve Bryant to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Would love to hear from you. What story have you used that fits the model?
How does Louis CK, master stand-up comic, tell a joke? Grab 8 minutes of time to witness the analysis of construction, his economy of words, and his purposeful delivery. He’s a genius! 207 words to the entire story…we hope you enjoy.
Who is the best stand-up comic you’ve seen? Why? Please share your response in the comments section below.
After you’ve taken a workshop or engaged with a professional speaking coach, you may have improved a lot, but you will continue to fine-tune your skills as you apply them at work. Becoming a compelling presenter is a learn-by-doing process, and it’s never-ending. So it’s important to know how to be a good coach for yourself going forward. Fortunately, we have tools close at hand and we have some experience of what makes coaching effective. We just have to apply those to ourselves. Here are some ideas:
At the core of every insightful presentation is a story. Human beings naturally seek out a narrative.
But the process of becoming a storyteller doesn't start with writing and rehearsing the presentation; it begins in observations of everyday life.
For decades, people of all backgrounds have sought to break through what they consider a "glass ceiling" to live up to their full potential at work. Often referring to the struggle for highly qualified women to break through an invisible, unspoken barrier and achieve the highest echelon of executive leadership, the question is what gets in the way.
There are multiple reasons that quality candidates aren't promoted when they should be. While this glass ceiling may be in response to socially held prejudices and misconceptions (relating to gender, race, sexuality, and background), the basic obstacle that stands in the way of the promotion of many to senior and executive positions is simply the culture of power that permeates the highest levels of business leadership.
You’ve been asked to present to upper management. You’ve done the research. You’ve worked hours to get everything to logically flow and the numbers to tie. When a subject matter expert is asked to present to decision makers, the hurdles can be a challenge. These spaces are typically "by invitation only," meaning that — regardless of how innovative your idea may be — you need someone on the inside to help steer the way.
This is where a sponsor — another high-level decision maker who acts as your guide within these rooms — can be an invaluable asset. When making steps to put yourself in front of executives, business leaders, or other managers, a sponsor can be the difference between a cold, indifferent presentation environment and a warm room full of decision makers who are open to your ideas.