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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Ryan Jenkins about Millennials and Emerging Generations in the Workforce

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Ryan Jenkins

Topics discussed:

Millennials in the workplace
Generation Z & emerging generations
Rapid pace of change
2025 75% of the workforce will be millennials and generation Z
Approach to work of millennials and generation Z
69% of …

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3 Whiteboard Tips

by Bob Goodyear

One of the most effective methods for presenting is using a whiteboard instead of a PowerPoint deck. I really like to use the whiteboard because it allows me to be able to ask questions and reflect the responses from my audience on the whiteboard. While we talk a lot about PowerPoint on this blog with our resident expert, Tom Nixon, I feel like we have short-changed other methods of presenting. Because of that, I want to share 3 whiteboard tips with you to help you have another method of …

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A Few Useful Photography Tips

by Tom Nixon

When creating an effective visual presentation (a.k.a. PowerPoint) it is extremely helpful to have sources of good images to draw from. Access to a good stock image house is more than helpful. So is a good set of photography skills. Being able to take reasonably high-quality photos of coworkers, processes, locations, products and the like is a real ace-in-the-hole when assembling a presentation. And with today’s amazingly advanced cameras, it has never been easier.

A few tips:

Get close. Many part-time photographers can be intimidated by their …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Susan Basterfield about Self-Managed Organizations

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Susan Basterfield

About Susan Basterfield:
Susan Basterfield is a founding partner of Enspiral Labs in Wellington, New Zealand.  She’s written a couple dozen articles on Medium and is kind of famous for working out loud.  She’s …

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Chop, Chop: Tips for Ruthless Speech Editing

By Natalie Gallagher

Dear Fellow Speakers,

It’s time for some tough love about how we spend our time on the stage. Too often we get so wrapped up in thinking we are saying the most important thing ever, that we abuse the time allotted and end up boring our audience; or worse, we speak for so long that they become agitated and even feel trapped.

Consider this: The worst speech I ever had the displeasure of being in the audience for was given by an experienced, vibrant, energetic speaker. She was a leader in …

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Un-aligned text can create interest

by Tom Nixon

A few weeks back I discussed the value of using text alignment to build a sense of organization and structure in your slides. But too much organization is repetitious and boring.

The technique I like to use is to build order first using alignment and consistency. Then, I intentionally break the pattern using one element that is obviously not part of the structure of the document or slide. The resulting break-out adds interest and excitement.

Try it. You’ll like it.

Tom Nixon has over 3 decades of experience assisting clients with meaningful …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Elaine Knight on Strategic Vulnerability for Managers

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Elaine Knight

Topics discussed:

Target’s culture of recognition
Differences between company cultures
Treating employees like a robot
CareerLeader Assessment
Importance of the boss to be a calm voice of reason in a sea of constant change

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Leadership Question – What Do I Do about that Unmotivated Employee that Does His/Her Job … But Who I Know Could Do So Much More?

By Kelly Vandever

Last week I was conducting a class for new managers and one of the exercises is designed to get the participants to work together in small groups to receive peer coaching on an employee who is “motivationally challenged.”

As I eavesdropped on one of the groups, I heard Owen say, “It’s not that he doesn’t do his job. He does what I ask him. He does a good job. But he never goes beyond what’s asked of him. He’s been there for 26 years. There’s so much he could be …

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The Most Common Public Speaking Question Is …

by Bob Goodyear

Over the last month I’ve had the chance to speak to several groups on the topic of public speaking. Before two of the sessions, the host asked the attendees to submit questions for me to answer during my time with them. While I received many great questions, the most common one was a variation of, “What can I do about being nervous before and during my speech?”

Let me share with you three of the techniques I suggested.
Nervousness is Natural
First, remember that nervousness is something that naturally happens …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Dr. Denise Cumberland on CEOs Keeping in Touch with Frontline Employees

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Dr. Denise Cumberland

Topics discussed:
– Denise discusses her leadership research based on the show Undercover Boss.

– Denise interviewed 13 of the CEOs that had been on the television series

– How could the scandals like GM’s …

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