Archive for JohnBaldoni SmartBlogs

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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 »

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 »

All of us love a good story. So my advice to leaders is to make good use of them.

Good stories can do three things: inform, involve and inspire. Good stories give use hope in times of trouble.

A leader picks the right story at the right time to drive her point home, leaving no doubt about the importance of an initiative and its effect on the organization.[…] Continue Reading »