The ability to communicate our feelings and thoughts is the skill that defines us as human beings. However, when it comes to developing communication skills many of us will only attend a course if we have been sent on one or we need to prepare for a particular meeting or presentation. I have actually met people, including leaders, who have only ever attended one communication skills course in a twenty year career.
Many of us will tend to use the word confidence like we use the word charisma, energy, creativity, intuition and talent. We're comfortable that these words describe something about a person’s general demeanour and way of being. But while they feel like they signify something familiar and important, none of them precisely describe what we could call a ‘thing’ in itself.
This is why I love TED. It gives me inspirational information helping me to understand others and myself more fully. Sometimes the information chips away at the hard shell that can surround us, revealing the ‘being’ within.
Some interesting research conducted by two pairs of psychologists Cote and Saavedra (2005) and Bono and llies (2006) demonstrated that executives and leaders considered to be engaging transmit their energy through emotions to followers more effectively, compared with non-engaging leaders.
Inc. magazine recently named Slack their ‘Company Of The Year’ and their journey has been a unique and fascinating one.
Most of us have harboured ambitions and ideas driven by feelings that we have unrecognised potential.
What is a personality? I’m guessing most of you reading this article could answer that question fairly confidently. Some might say it's a famous person. Perhaps you’d say that a personality is the sum total of a person’s qualities, feelings, thoughts and behaviours, repeated consistently over time. Either way, it's an interesting question.
Which is more authentic - a person’s behaviour or their deepest intentions?
Many of our clients ask us how they can put humour into their presentations. And it’s an important question, because there really is nothing better for getting an audience on your side than by making them laugh. But that’s also the most difficult thing in the known universe to manufacture. In fact the great British stage actor Edmund Kean’s last words were “Dying is easy, comedy is hard”.
Research conducted by Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ken Sheldon and David Shkade reveals some interesting ideas around your unique propensity towards happiness.
How surprised would you be to discover that research on the human voice reveals that people prefer to hear information delivered by deeper voices?
It would be fairly easy to read, watch and listen to the news around the globe and reach the horrific conclusion that the world, as we know it is coming to an end. However, I’ve been putting some pieces together and it seems to me that, far from heading towards an apocalyptic Armageddon, we may be at the start of a new renaissance.
If you take just 5 minutes to scan the pages of any business focused media you will see, hear and read a melange of opinion and advice on what leadership is and what it would, should or could be in the 21st century. However, what’s clear to anyone who has taken a deeper interest in leadership beyond just reading articles in Forbes, Fortune or CEO world is that one size does not fit all. So, what's the most authentic approach to leadership?
The world's most famous business and life coach Tony Robbins shifts from peak Orange into Green with his most recent book The 7 Steps to Money Mastery.
Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.
One of my most favourite actors I remember from childhood was Alan Alda. In this video he shares some advice on how scientists can communicate more effectively with the general public.
All the world is no longer just a stage. It’s now a huge global sound stage where reality shows can be launched live by an app at the press of an icon.
If you've ever wanted to totally screw up your chances of making a positive impact while giving a presentation, then here's how.
We were recently given a truly special gift by our new friend and associate Laura Canavan - Hayes in the form of an introduction to this beautiful and moving blessing from the writer and theologian John O’Donohue 1956- 2008.
I'm guessing you've probably heard some unhealthy gossip at the office in your career. You may have even indulged in some yourself. But is it always a bad thing?
If you feel stuck or frustrated in your current situation or position and confused about how to move through to a new way of being, you have three very clear choices facing you.
Can the emotions in an executives' voice help to identify financial fraud?
Can vocal characteristics like voice pitch play a role in the selection of corporate leaders?
Possibly, according to recent research
Most people think about professional development as acquiring and developing skills and capabilities to increase our capacity to do our work efficiently. But it looks like it might be worth adding LQ as an important line of development because, judging by recent research, likeability is fast becoming recognised as the number one qualitiy if you want to achieve career success.
If someone approached you and offered you a large sum of cash in exchange for two, practical, yet simple techniques to improve their communication skills at work, what would you offer?
What if there’s a gap between the impact you THINK you’re making on your colleagues at work and their perception of you?
As technology in all its forms defines this century, globalisation will continue to escalate. Technology increasingly facilitates the formation of global networks, which will transform the way we live, work, love and play forever.
Is it true that all the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players? Yes, I would say so. And I do. Often. Particularly when faced with the occasional person who suggests that consciously using communication skills techniques is like ‘acting’ and therefore inauthentic.
Studies suggest that behavior that can be described as procrastination has increased by 400% in the 21st century. Here are four simple yet effective tips to help you overcome bouts of procrastination.
In today's vlog 4D coach Philippa Waller shares 5 simple and effective ways to increase your visibilty in the workplace.
What is it though that the really successful people do that differs from prioritizing the endless to-do list? Well I would suggest that it’s an all-encompassing FOCUS. Now that may sound obvious and even simple but the reality is that we can be easily distracted.
What are the qualities that make certain people so successful? I recently received a call from a friend of mine who now lives and works in the US. He has been extremely successful in business despite the financial challenges of the past six years. After talking to him I began to analise what it was about him that contributed to his successful track record.
Traditionally we had been led to believe that intelligence is measured by an IQ test. One unique intelligence test to measure how clever we are. Well, as we know, more recently that measure has been thrown into question with the concept of multiple intelligences. Read Penelope's latest blog post on this interesting topic!
When we think about being ‘dependent’ on someone to enhance our well-being – or strive to be ‘independent’ with the same goal of maximizing well-being, our thoughts usually jump to our most intimate relationships – often our spouses or partners. How often do we think about our dependence on work colleagues – those people who we tend to spend a significant portion of our waking time with?
At 4D we are totally committed to helping people communicate more effectively and one thing that we’ve learned about communication that consistently holds true is that the speed, tone, rhythm, pitch and volume of your voice determines how much impact you’ll make – and it far outweighs the impact of body language. If that surprises you or maybe even raises a tinge of doubt then here’s a little research that may help to confirm our findings.
Thomas Friedman shares some sobering thoughts about the future of America and the world in this long but interesting presentation.
Despite employee engagement being reported as vital for business performance and cited as being of utmost concern in many organisations around the world, you may be surprised to learn that there is still no clear consensus of what the term employee engagement actually means.
I had so many different reactions and mixed emotions while watching this video. All I can say is, make of this what you will.
You can watch and listen to Ted Talks on a diverse range of subjects from education to exotic diseases, statistics to innovation and creativity, psychology to the magic of illusion. But what do the best of them all have in common?
Sometimes friends can ask you a question that is difficult to answer straight away. This Slide Blog is all about my reply to a friend who asked me the question WHY?
Do you sometimes feel anxious for no apparent reason? Great!... You could be on your way to tapping into some extra creative energy.
This short Blogshare presentation reveals some lesser known facts about the art of influencing that you might find both surprising and useful.
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