Category Great Presentations

What Makes A Great TED Talk

Here’s June Cohen, Executive Producer at TED Media, sharing her answers to What makes a great TED Talk? What are the elements of a great TED Talk? and What makes a TED.com talk? She passionately outlines her experience of what types of talks will “go viral”. The Ingredients of a Great TED talk In this […]

How to Make a Country Rich, Build Attractive Cities and Become a Better Person (in 27 minutes)

Three wonderful short videos from The School of Life youtube channel, total duration 27 minutes: How to Make a Country Rich If you were setting out to make a country rich, what kind of mindsets and ideas would be most likely to achieve your goals? We invent a country, Richland, and try to imagine the […]

[Infographic] The World as 100 People

The world has 7.323 billion people living on it (as of 20 June 2015, source Worldometer). The World as a Village of 100 If the world was a village of 100 people, 48 live on less than $2 a day.  21 are overweight and 16 are hungry.  12 speak Chinese, 5 spanish and 5 english.  49 […]

Iraq Explained — ISIS, Syria and War

I came across a wonderful series of explanation videos on youtube this morning (sometimes random internet clicking has its benefits!).  Kurz Gesagt, a Munich based design studio founded by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether in 2013 creates 5 minute animated explanations on some of the most complex topics there are.  Here are 4 of my […]

Hide the Art (especially Toastmasters)

Toastmasters is a wonderful organisation for anybody who wishes to improve their ability to speak with impact. However, there is something that has often challenged me with the “best” toastmaster speeches. They are very clearly the work of someone who has worked very, very, very hard on the words, gestures and voice that they use […]

India is Not Chaotic: Look at its Patterns

Devdutt Pattanaik tells TEDx that if you know the patterns that you are looking for, India’s apparent chaos is actually order. The mythology of the West: kill the chaos-creating dragon, create order The mythology of India: liberate yourself from boundaries A beautiful western garden is ordered.  Weeds are weeds, trees are trees and flowers are […]

The #1 Most Important Tool in Negotiation

There is a power tool in negotiation.  I would say this is the single most useful tactic that I use in my years of selling (I sell private jets among other high value products). It is not competitive, it is not aggressive, it is not avoiding anything. It does not require massive intellectual development, years […]

You cannot promote world peace when you are angry

Last week I taught a course on persuasive communication.  One individual was a charismatic speaker who repeatedly gave speeches that I would classify as “Rant”.  This is a passionate and initially engaging way of speaking, but it has no place in a Leader’s communication. To rant is to speak or shout at length in an […]

4 Great Posts on Communication and Leadership

How to Give a Killer Presentation Chris Anderson, Owner of TED Presentations rise or fall on the quality of the idea, the narrative, and the passion of the speaker. It’s about substance, not speaking style or multimedia pyrotechnics. It’s fairly easy to “coach out” the problems in a talk, but there’s no way to “coach […]

IESE Advanced Visionary (Ethos) Communication Module

The Visionary Leader In times of crisis, we prefer Visionary Leaders. Hope is a strong motivator to current action when the situation is difficult. In the years leading up to 2008, the USA was stuck in two protracted wars, and an economic crisis sparked by the subprime lending collapse. In this context of uncertainty, the […]

Manner of Speaking

"All the great speakers were bad speakers at first." — Ralph W. Emerson

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