Personal and professional development
Last week, I held my first public workshop – previously, I’d run bespoke sessions for companies and teams. We worked on how stories work, how you can tell them, bringing the best “you” in the room and a little on the support you might need to make the impact you want.
Everyone had different things they took from the day, and the chance to help people develop was brilliant.
I asked people to rate the day too – and each one rated the content and workshop as 5-out-of-5.
“By the end of the day we were all able to measure the improvements….. The environment is totally safe and supportive and the fear factor falls away. It’s more than worth the money.”
I’ve been working on presentation skills with Primary 7 children at a local school over the last six weeks. They’re a great bunch of learners who delivered some cracking presentations. It’s been great developing the content for a different age group – and I’ve learned a ton of stuff along the way.
One of the teachers noticed the difference in her pupils a few weeks after we’d finished working with her class – they were preparing and delivering class talks using the tools and techniques I’d worked on with them.
I’ve also had the privilege of helping a couple of people get ready for wedding speeches. These guys have worked hard to develop something that’s true to who they are, that will create a positive impact on their audience and will be memorable for all the right reasons.
Through all of this, I’ve been checking-in on why this is important to me. And it boils down to this:
Your story matters.
Seriously, I mean it.
What do I mean?
You might think you don’t have anything interesting, or important to say. There might think you have nothing of value to tell people. But there are ideas that sit behind the surface that are worth exploring. Your passion, enthusiasm and curiosity could be the thing that inspires.
I want to help you tell your story with clarity and confidence so your audience are compelled to take action. The might be some 1:1 coaching or a bespoke training programme for your team – or you might want to be part of my next public workshop.
Let me know if you’re interested in building your communication skills in the third week of January 2018:I'm interested
Thanks for being part of the story-so-far.
I hope your day has started well. Got any Cyber-Monday bargains? I’ve not been looking to get anything. It’s time to give!
Here’s a deal that will help your personal development, boost your confidence and save you money:
I’m offering the last two places at my Presentation workshop this Wednesday for just £57.
That’s over 70% off.
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Why am I doing this?
It’s because sometimes a little kindness makes the world a better place. And I believe when you tell your story, you can help do that too.
Face your fear of speaking in public by learning how storytelling works, how you can apply it and using my simple steps to build your confidence and inspire your audience.
Love or hate it, sport is full of stories. Epic tales of overcoming adversity; the struggle to defy the odds; the winner-takes-all, last-moment victory. Excuse me if I got a bit gladiatorial.
Maybe you’re not into sport, or there’s stuff about professional sport that puts you off. I find it both fascinating and infuriating.
We forget that sports “stars” are people
We’re very quick to laud exceptional athletes with status, praise and money. Perhaps that then puts exceptions on them to be something better than us.
People have great stories
Have a read of this story about a guy who has made a surprise leap to the highest level of his chosen sport (Rugby).
You see, people – characters, their history, challenges and destiny – are the key to compelling story. We like to know how it ends.
Call to action?
I’m left wanting to speak to the guy and hear more. Which is exactly what a good story should do. And then I think there’s hundreds of stories like this all around us every day. So maybe I just need to ask the person next to me what their story is.
For now, I suggest the article is worth a read to see both how Tom articulates it and how Darryl’s personality seems to come through. Good writing inspires action.
Let me know if I can help you write your next talk, or provide some coaching so you can deliver it.
Earlier in the week, I wrote about “yes”.
“Yes – and….” is another thing entirely.
I remember an invitation to a leadership session with some people at work. It would have been 2007 and I had no idea what it would all be about. Continue reading “The choices we make – part two”
It may be because I think too much, but I’ve been doing a little reflection on what my motivations are.
Wrestling with concerns like making sure I’m “doing the right thing” has been a struggle for me for a long time. So I think motivations are a fascinating area to explore. And knowing that human hearts can be deceiving, motivations can be quite hard to truly understand. Continue reading “Clearing up the motives”
Lives are complicated. Flawed yet beautiful at times. The layers of nuance and interdependence can be mystifying. I get lost trying to work out what’s going on sometimes. I’ve been thinking about this as I tell the story of what I’m doing. And where I might be heading. Continue reading “Utterly convinced that sometimes I know nothing”
A year ago today, a man with a heart as big as the sea breathed his last. His body was laid to rest a few days later but his impact lives on. Continue reading “Get busy living”