On the RadEO Podcast with Ross Drakes

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I had a wonderful conversation with EO South Africa member and RadEO Podcast host Ross Drakes (along with the great Rich Mulholland) a few weeks back after the EO Global Leadership Academy in Washington.

About this Episode: In this episode of RadEO, Ross talks to Conor Neill, the president of Vistage Spain. They talk about how you are a vehicle for a project and one should realise your own potential and purpose. Finding meaning in suffering can help in not losing sight of your full strength. Conor gives his 3 top ways to communicating effectively and understanding others around you by asking them what fulfilment looks like. We are all encouraged by enthusiasm, and Conor suggests putting enthusiasm into everything we do.

Podcast Show Summary of our Conversation

  • 00:44 – Conor’s elevator pitch
  • 09:38 – Unlocking your own potential and realising your purpose
  • 13:20 – Finding meaning in suffering
  • 20:21 – Not losing sight of your full strength and potential
  • 22:05 – Communicating effectively
  • 26:05 – We are encouraged by other’s enthusiasm
  • 32:50 – Nothing worthwhile is within your comfort zone
  • 35:00 – When your core is clear you’re not seeking after the opinions of others
  • 37:13 – Ask people around who want they need to be fulfilled
  • 40:20 – Sometimes it’s easy for us to give to others, what’s easy for us to give
  • 43:40 – Allow your intuition to tell you what are the things that are important to you
  • 44:37 – Write down your purpose

You can listen to the full podcast here on soundcloud, or subscribe on iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radeo/id1250841955

Running thru Washington with Ross and Friends

Ross is the one with the beard in these photos…

UCD Smurfit, Influence and Persuasive Communications Seminar

UCD Smurfit Business School will be hosting a 3 day Influence and Persuasive Communications Seminar on January 14-16 2015.

About UCD Smurfit Business School

UCD Smurfit Dublin Campus

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. The school offers a wide range of postgraduate business programmes that equip students to become the business leaders of the future.

UCD Smurfit are one of less than 60 business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from the US, Europe and the UK accrediting bodies.

About the Course

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This three-day Influence and Persuasive Communications programme will strengthen executives’ abilities to engage and influence diverse stakeholders, including clients, colleagues, employees and top management.

Using a wide range of practical tools and concepts, participants will learn how to use both emotional and rational intelligence to persuade others in one-on-one situations and presentations.

It is a highly interactive course that will see participants acquire techniques for establishing credibility and managing nervous energy.

In addition they will gain valuable expertise in delivering diverse types of speeches by mastering the clear and powerful communication that is vital for accomplishing any business objective in today’s economic climate.

More Information and Applications

More information is available on the UCD Smurfit website: Influence and Persuasive Communications programme

Event: Persuasive Communication Masterclass in UCD Smurfit Business School (Dublin)

Persuasive Communication Masterclass, Dublin, 3 April

Sold out – As of 13 March, this course is completely sold out.  

I will be teaching a full day Persuasive Communication Masterclass in Dublin on 3rd April.  The class is part of the UCD Smurfit Masterclass series.

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business is Ireland’s leading business school.  I am looking forward to spending a day in Dublin on their beautiful campus.

The brochure for the full day course is downloadable here.

I’m Irish, but I have lived outside of Ireland since I was 14 years old.  That is more than half my life.  I have always felt a desire to reconnect with Dublin and the business life of Dublin.  I am really happy to have this opportunity to build a relationship with UCD Smurfit Business School, and with the business community of Dublin.

Course Content

The course will cover Persuasive Communication:

  • Aristotle’s triad of Persuasion: Logos, Ethos & Pathos
  • Developing The Logos-based Persuasive speech structure
  • Body Language: Authority, Energy and Audience engagement
  • Preparing to Perform: developing mental strength, overcoming anxiety: the 4 ways to handle anxiety
  • 5 Aspects of a Powerful Voice: how to improve the power and quality of your voice
  • Simple story: engaging audience, moving to action with emotion. Reason is absolutely necessary, yet the most powerful, persuasive communication has a deeply human element…often delivered simply and personally through the telling of stories
  • Framing your Argument: The 6 Laws of Scientific Influence
  • Selling Value: Asking powerful questions, overcoming objections, the checklist sale
  • Authentic Leadership: Making it a Habit; The 20 Mile March
  • Creating self-disciplined habits. “The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency. Consistency is the hallmark of success.” — Jim Collins

Requests for Further Information

To book your place contact: Deirdre Luby on +353 1 716 8080 or email deirdre.luby@ucd.ie

Manifesto: Keep Wonder Alive, Join me and make the #idontknow Commitment

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In the spirit of changing myself for the better (and becoming a better father to my daughter), I wrote
a short manifesto.

http://cono.rs/idontknow

In the next 10 years through to 2024, 1 Billion jobs will be taken over by machines. Google cars will replace taxis. IBM’s Watson will replace customer service staff. We cannot out-reason the machines.

We must change the way we teach, the way we parent and the role of “I don’t know” in our society.

I ask for your help. I will ask for your commitment not to say “I know”, when you don’t. I will ask you to use “I don’t know” more. Let’s let our connected intuition have the space it needs to work as it was originally designed.

Get the full manifesto here:  http://cono.rs/idontknow

Announcing: IESE Communications Skills Webinar

Join me for a Free Webinar on Develop Your Communication Skills


In this webinar, IESE Lecturer Conor Neill will share his research on persuasive communication.
April 12, 2013, 13-14h CET

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Speak Powerfully

Discover how to speak powerfully and communicate effectively in a variety of contexts, capture the attention of your audience and make your body language work to your advantage.

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This webinar will serve as the perfect introduction to IESE’s upcoming 3-day program in Barcelona:

A Short Focused Program of IESE Business School
IESE #1 in the World in Executive Education, FT 2012