Ken Blanchard: Lead Like Jesus
Speak Like a Leader
If you want to become a great speaker you need to believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that you can actually reach a very competent level at any skill just by harnessing the power of your most important asset — your brain. Andrian begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of social and communicational stagnation, even though our forms of communication have evolved dramatically. The current oversimplification of our everyday processes and a lack of ambition when it comes to pursuing more deep and meaningful conversations with others have led us to dismiss the importance of the most fundamental skill that every leader must master: learning to speak in a simple yet influential way. Leaders know how to speak well because they speak in a way that immediately gets people interested in what they have to say; in a way that evokes the right emotions and leaves people waiting, agonizingly eager, for the next words to come out of their mouth; in a way that makes them more relatable and empathic; in a way that makes people believe that what they are saying is of immense value to them. The next leaders will be the ones who will first find value within themselves, and then offer it to others. Chapter 1.
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Effective leadership requires verbal discipline. Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language.
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Developing an executive voice can mean the difference between success and failure in your communication and leadership style. You can show up more strategically in meetings by doing your homework and by taking the lead in analyzing difficult situations. Bring solutions, not just problems. And stay calm in the pressure cooker. They provide levelheaded leadership even when — in fact, particularly when — everyone around them is losing their composure. By making the necessary adjustments to your approach to participation, you can start showing up more strategically in every setting you encounter at work.
Speaking well has always been a sticking point for me. Through a combination of extensive research, interviews with influential speakers and personal experimentation I managed to unravel the secret behind an effective speaking ability. In "Speak Like a Leader" I share all my findings. My goal is to help you develop advanced social skills and make an impact with the way you communicate your message. Home About Author F. Master your conversation skills.