About the author: John Baldoni | SmartBlogs

John Baldoni John Baldoni is chair of the leadership development practice of N2growth, a global leadership consultancy. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Also in 2014, Global Gurus ranked John No. 11 on its list of global leadership experts. John is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Lead with Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself."

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Many people owe their careers to their ability to make small talk with senior people in their companies.

When you learn how to speak informally, you will demonstrate that you are someone who is comfortable in your own skin. And that trait is important to advancing your career.

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It is important to make a personal connection when you meet senior people in your organization. This is especially true when presenting to an executive team or the board of directors. Below, I discuss three things to do.

One final note: When you present to your CEO or a high-ranking executive, you need to exude a degree of confidence.[…] Continue Reading »

The challenge of leadership is to do what is right for the organization even when it means reversing a decision.

When reconsidering a decision it is important to decide what you did, why you did it, and what will be the consequences of reversing the decision. Shrewd leaders think ahead, and are willing to reconsider decisions when situations change.[…] Continue Reading »

One of your principal duties as a leader will be to deliver speeches. Learn how to develop your presentation so that it conveys your message as well as your convictions and your style.

You can sum up what it takes to develop and present your presentation with with one word: preparation. The more prepared you are, the greater your odds of success.[…] Continue Reading »

Energy is critical to the success of any presentation. Leaders need to learn to harness it to their advantage.

So what can you do? Learn to read the room and make the situation work for you. Doing so will open the door for you to become a more accomplished speaker. Keep one key point in mind. The audience wants you to succeed.[…] Continue Reading »