The Hidden Saboteur of Leadership

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The Hidden Saboteur of Leadership
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Whether you have always gravitated toward leadership roles or you were thrust into a leadership role because of a cause or mission you are passionate about, effective leadership takes courage, patience, empathy, confidence, likability, and trust. But most of all, it takes courage.

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Teaching the Brain: The 10 Factors of Learning (Guest Blog)

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Teaching the Brain: The 10 Factors of Learning

Part 4 of 4-part series on better speaking with
Guest Blogger, Lizabeth Phelps

This 4-part series has centered around public speaking. The first week, I spoke about mirror neurons and how our audiences “mirror” our energy; the second week, I spoke about maintaining energy when you’re speaking about your business off-stage (where most entrepreneurs fumble); and last week, I urged you to “get strategic” about your speaking and shared the strategy that makes not only getting clients so much easier, but ensures that every one of your speaking engagements maintains your brand identity.

Today, I want to circle back to delivery from stage.

To be your best as an audience leader, you must understand how to teach the brain–what the brain needs in order to learn. This is a massive subject, and one I’ve spent years absorbing. My public speaking training, Secrets of Impact and Influence, integrates the learning, memory and emotion areas of neuroscientific research to teach how to get the attention of audiences’ brains, keep that attention, and enable long-term learning.

Here, I will share some of what I teach in that training: the 10 factors of rapid and deep learning. You will find them in the graphic below:

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Tips to Effectively Present Your Business Off-Stage (Guest Blog)

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Tips to Effectively Present Your Business Off-Stage
Guest Blogger, Lizabeth Phelps

Last week, I wrote about the leadership tool of energy: that the attitudes and feelings (i.e. energy) that you project as an audience leader are contagious—whatever you’re feeling, they’ll feel.

Early on, participants of my public speaking training “got” that instantly, but then hit a major wall when they went on to work in a larger capacity with me. They soon found out that this tenent was as relevant off-stage, as it was on-stage in how they presented the value of their services to their customers. The energy that they exhibited on-stage when they spoke about their expertise collapsed as soon as I asked them to tell me what their business was, who it served, what it offered, and how it was different from everyone else.

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Why Your Energy as a Presenter = Your Results (Guest Blog)

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Monkey See, Monkey Feel: Why Your Energy As a Presenter = Your Results 
Guest Blogger, Lizabeth Phelps

I tell my students all the time: “Your audiences mirror you. If you’re flat, they’ll be flat. If you’re highly analytical, they’ll go straight into their head, too. Make sure you’re emitting the kind of energy you want them feeling.” And I end with, “Your energy equals your results.”

Some students get it, eventually; others never do. You can imagine, then, how overjoyed I was to discover that neuroscientists would heartily agree with my proclamations. It turns out that we have a very special brain cell that is responsible for mirroring the actions and emotions of others.

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