Speaking As A Leader | Email #4 Communicating Values

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This is email #4.  Communicating Values

Communicating Values: One of my Inspirations…

Who inspires you? A teacher, a pop-star, a sports personality, a family member, a political leader, a company leader? Pick one person that is an inspiration to you. Write their name down.

I wrote down “Lady Gaga”. I might also have written “Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Jim Collins, My father, My grandfather, Mr Matz (my biology teacher when I was 14)”.

Have you written a name down?

Today’s Task

What are the 3 most significant traits make this person an inspiration to you? Write them down. I might write down “Innovative, Authentic, Professional”.

Think of 1 anecdote, 1 fact or 1 example of each trait. If you think of 2 or 3, choose 1.

How long has this person been an inspiration? In my case, I first came across Lady Gaga 2 years ago.

Start your webcam. Start with the moment in your life that this person became an inspiration. “2 years ago, I first heard Alejandro by Lady Gaga”. Now list the 3 traits. “She is Innovative, Authentic and Professional” Next, briefly explain the anecdote, fact or example for each trait. “Innovative. Remember the Meat dress? …” Keep to a maximum of 30-45 seconds for each trait.

Then you can press delete. And maybe try again…


Lesson 4 in video format:

22 responses to “Speaking As A Leader | Email #4 Communicating Values”

  1. Hi Conor, ive completed lesson 4 and I can’t believe that I made a video lasting 8 mins and thinking its ok. I use the video on an my ipad. I look forward to lesson 5.

  2. Thank you Conor, I admire you very much..
    I started the course and I’m looking forward for each new lesson.


    1. Great to have you on the journey together!

  3. Week number 4 and still exided asking what’s next, I think somehow the vedio attached with each lessons simplify the task and become guidelines for trial.

    Got to admit these are rich lessons and I salute you for sharing it

    Best Regards

    1. Fantastic – keep switching on that webcam! It is the practice that matters, not the course so much ;-)))

  4. Conor, your is the simplest and most fun way to learn public speaking.

    1. …if the student does the work! 😉

      As the Irish saying goes “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink”

  5. Very innovative way of teaching public speaking to others that too free. Respect Conor.

  6. fredrick turyatunga Avatar
    fredrick turyatunga

    Am grateful for your teaching and inspiration.

    1. Thank you Fredrick 😉

  7. great, what an experience


  9. Tough exercise…but certainly a critical one. Thanks, Conor!

    1. The harder you practice, the better you get!

  10. Kesagani Srinivas Avatar
    Kesagani Srinivas

    Hi Sir, I am very much thankful, for a good lessons from you to all the world and which are helping to improve every one strengths and very pleasure to share about your courses to all
    wish you best in all

  11. Thank you Conor. For me to start following you, I came across your video where you were telling a story about the three servants and how to break the habit of inaction. This really had an impact on me and since then, I’ve been doing different things to to uplift myself. Though I haven’t been consistent, I find your assignment helpful. I believe I’ve been getting better at speaking. I’ve even referred some of my colleagues to your site. Thank you for your inspiration

    1. Wow, I made that video years ago… but I remember the story well. So very true. We are given talents to use them, not to save them.

  12. Thank you Sir for this great course . I actually figured out answer to a question while doing this exercise. I listed myself also among people who inspire me which is totally not logical, I know. But I figured out my strengths while listing qualities of people who inspire me.

    1. Fantastic Sahil. Thank you for letting us know. How are the videos going for you?

  13. Hello Conor, it was great going with your lessons. Thank you for helping people Conor!!!
    “moving people to action”, you did it…

    1. Awesome Sivaprakash 😉
      You inspired me to keep improving the course.

      1. Thank YOU Conor;-) but, YOU already inspired and inspiring people all around the world. All the very best and we are there for YOU to support;-)

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