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Ideas@Work! - Strategies for Success

November 6, 2006

In this issue...
Point to Ponder
Success Library
Three Keys to Powerful Presentations
Last minute notes and thoughts
Thanks for reading this issue...

Point to Ponder

"As we look to the next century (21st), leaders will be those who empower others." Bill Gates

Personal leadership has become increasingly important in our growth and long-term success. Look behind the scenes of any successful team and you'll likely find a leader who has been busy encouraging and empowering their team-mates to stretch and succeed. This may not be a formal leadership role, simply someone who cares about the success of their team. It works well in both the business and volunteer sectors.

One of the concepts we captured and communicated in The Brick Way (Published August 2006) was a serious commitment from their top leadership to become a 'company of leaders' where 7000 team members would be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to take increased personal responsibility and leadership for their respective roles. This initial 3 year commitment will be reinforced via many different avenues. It will drive the growth and success of this great company by tapping into the creative genius of each member; helping them continue to grow and succeed both personally and professionally.

NY Yankees Slugger, Babe Ruth once said, "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." Talent is not enough, although it is nice to have. Team members who actively work together and support and encourage each other is an amazing thing. Leadership can be the key to team success and this turns organizations into champions.

"Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do -- can love things that no one else can love," writes Barbara Sher. "We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops or we can make music. You know what to do."

Leadership is, in part, about helping your team get the most from their skills and applying those unique skills for maximum success. According to my friend Kim Yost, "Leadership at its 'best' is about developing other strong leaders."

Whether you seek to be a better salespeson, giving presentations, or simply leading your team to greater success, it is great to have people who encourage or support you. I am fortunate to have some pretty amazing people in my corner and it makes a big difference to me. Don't be afraid to ask for help. I have found people willing to help when I asked. In fact at a recent presentation when I was asked "What was the greatest leadership lesson I had learned?" "Asking for help!" was what I shared.

  • What leadership skills, talents, and creativity can you bring to your team?
  • What areas of personal responsibility and leadership remain untapped or unexplored?
  • What greatness is within you that has yet to be shared?
  • What is stopping you from using them for maximum success?
  • How can I help you grow and succeed?

Becoming the leader you were meant to be can open doors you can hardly imagine. It will stretch you, but the growth will be worth the investment of your time and energey. Your teams will thank you and so will your clients.

2006 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

PS: This wallet sized, reminder card was developed specifically for a leadership keynote presentation I delivered in Calgary last August. We followed it with a 2.5 hour, interactive session to expand on the concept of applied leadership entitled, "Leading for Maximum Success".

 

Success Library

"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all." Henry David Thoreau

Each month I have the privilege to recommend publications for your success library.  This month is no exception. These are my recommendations for this month:

Treasured Recipes are the common link between families, communities, and cultures. This collection will provide a reference of time tested, memorable and delicious recipes. This is a collection of personal favourites with over 60 colour photos and over 160 recipes. Recipes included are in 5 categories including: 'Desserts First', 'For Starters', 'Rise and Shine' 'What's for Supper?', 'Those little Extras' and 'For your Sweet Tooth'. There are fun stories and great timeless recipes to enjoy. Go to www.treasuredrecipes.ca to order your copy today - they make great gifts! Kyla Pierik was in our Quantum Leap authorship program last November in Halifax. This looks like a great choice. Call me when you want to taste test them.

Update on Quantum Success 3 volume series.  We went with a soft launch last month and many of you have already gone to the website to download your complimentary copies. I hope you've enjoyed it and are telling all of your friends, coworkers, clients, suppliers, family, and community contacts about this exciting project to help find a cure for Huntington's disease. Phase Two is getting the word out and we need your help.

Exceptional Selling by Jeff Thull  This is the third book from the author of "Mastering the Complex Sale" and one that needs to be in your success library. Jeff was kind enough to be a part of our Quantum Success series as well.

Last month I mentioned my friend Pat Katz had a new book out: Press Pause... Press On,  Bringing Balance and Perspective to Work & Life. Well, I got my copy... read it, and I want to encourage you again to get yours. PS: they make great presents for those 'busy' people in your life. 

 

Three Keys to Powerful Presentations

by Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, Accredited Speaker

In public speaking the cardinal rule to being truly effective is "NEVER BE BORING!" How do we do this when we are nervous and under stress to perform?

Some of you may be thinking, "Bob, I'm not called on to make presentations." You may not be called on to make formal presentations, but these tips will help you succeed in making better, more powerful client calls, proposals, and informal presentations at work, as well as in your community involvement. Additionally, your ability to present well will enhance your career and advance your business success. It will certainly enhance your leadership ability to recruit, and work with winning teams.

For the last dozen or so years, I've been teaching leadership clients, fellow speakers, and students my "three keys to presentation success". They are based on acquiring the knowledge you need to successfully capture their attention, connect with your audience, and achieve your shared or desired objectives. These keys can help you open doors for more effective communication personally and professionally. They can help you equip and motivate your teams to grow and succeed.

Those three presentation success keys are simply:

KNOW your subject or topic

KNOW your audience

KNOW yourself

If you know your subject and are thoroughly prepared, you will be much more relaxed than if you are 'winging' it. Taking time to organize and delve into your topic will give you a sense of the depth you bring to the platform. It will also give you much more information than you will be able to deliver, which gives you back-up information for additional presentations. This confidence based on acquired knowledge works wonders in helping to keep the "butterflies flying in formation", as we say in Toastmasters.

If you know your audience, you will be better prepared to effectively analyze their needs and select from the body of knowledge you've acquired on your topic to better serve or solve those needs. The better you know their backgrounds, connections, education, gender, and ages, the more effectively you will be able to construct and deliver your presentation in a way that is both interesting and informative.

If you know yourself, you can draw on your own experiences and build on your own strengths to develop your own speaking style. Recently, I spoke for Saputo Foods Limited and was able to draw on my brief experience in reorganizing a Northern Alberta Dairy Pool distribution dairy in the late 80's. You can also share your own unique stories in a way that allows you to be most effective. Self-knowledge is a tool of effective communication. Being the authentic 'you' can build bridges for effective communication and create increased agreeement with your audiences.

Continually ask yourself, "If I was in this audience, why would I be interested in this point or topic?" Then simply make sure you have a good answer. Your audiences are people, just like you. The better you know yourself, the better equipped you are to effectively reach them.

By combining and leveraging your knowledge of self, subject, and audience, you will increase your impact. You will also expand your effectiveness as a presenter, interviewee, leader, or speaker. Finally, you will be more adept at helping your audience or your team .

Be sure to apply the 3 P's of professional public speaking - PREPARE, PRACTICE or POLISH, and finally PERFORM! There is no substitute for being prepared, by practicing (mentally or vocally) until you are certain you are ready to present your material in a dynamic, interesting, and confident manner.

2006 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey All Rights Reserved. Excerpted and adapted from Speaking for Success by the same author. Used with permission.

Bob offers selective Executive Speech Coaching services as well as staging and support services to help you succeed on the platform or in the boardroom.  He has created presentations and coached senior executives from Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies.

 

Last minute notes and thoughts

Wow! What an amazing October!

We launched Quantum Success on October 12th. The Speaker's Gift Box promotion to North American Meeting Planners (with 20 other speakers) was launched on Oct. 16th and ran until October 31st. I visited the CAPS Vancouver Chapter in time for their annual fundraising auction and had a chance to get some hug refills from friends and colleagues. Great to visit with a few friends, family, and my favorite dentist, Dr. Doug Lovely.

Spoke in Vancouver to the Canadian Institute of Management (second time in past year) on the 18th (two other groups were  co-sponsors: United Community Services Co-Op and Federation of Child and Family Services). Was asked to do a column for the CIM magazine. October 19th, I spoke for Wayne Taylor at the Smokey Lake Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Week event. Oct 23rd - Edmonton Chamber Small Business Week launch and a chance to network. October 25th shared some ideas on how to leverage for business success for the Edmonton Mastermind Clubs, and on Oct. 26th shared a few ideas on the advantages of 'being a mentor' for the annual Wild Rose Toastmasters' Past President's event, where I had the distinct honor to share a platform with my amazing friend, Michelle Devlin.

Sat. afternoon, Oct 28th I had the distinct pleasure of sharing a few thoughts in a keynote for Saputo Foods in Calgary. Again, met some great people.

October was wonderful. Whew! I hope each of you had a productive month too. Did you download your copy of the Quantum Success series yet? Tell your friends!

November - make it a novel month. By that, I mean take the risk to write your own success story in how you interact, connect, and serve your customers, your teams, and those important to you. Remember, "You are the author of your own success!" Write it well, write BIG, and write it with passion!

Nov. 1st - attended the Edmonton Chamber (just became a member) Speed Networking event. Lots of fun and a great way to meet people. This idea could work for business mixers and professional groups too. Great way to share who you are and what you do in a clear, concise manner.

Just got back from Lethbridge, Alberta... where I had the fun role of being the Sgt. At Arms (MC) for District 42 Toastmasters' weekend. A chance to play (play time on stage), tell some stories, and introduce some great people. I also got additional hug refills. Had the privilege to share the platform with my friend, World Champion of Public Speaking (2001) Darren LaCroix, who like me has had to work to develop his humor. I also saw my friend, Rowena Romero walk away with the top honors in the District 42 Humour contest. Had the pleasure of being one of her coaches for this one as well. David Brooks (1990) and Mark Brown (1995) World Champions coached me in my quest for the Accredited Speaker designation. I have been a Toastmaster for over 15 years and am still learning, as well as adding to my TM family. Visit the Toastmasters International web-site and visit a club near you. Tell them Bob sent you...

Not quite as hectic this month. Get to attend my EDM Chapter of CAPS on the 11th... which is good. A BBS meeting on the 18th and a group road trip for a Steak dinner in the country that evening. Will be working to finish preparations to host the CAPS National - Chapter Showcase in Vancouver next month. I get the privilege to introduce 9 amazing, emerging speakers on the national stage. Planning another visit to Calgary later in the month with a client who wants to introduce me to his peers and fellow CEOs. This will perhaps lead to additional writing for their teams.

Other than this, I will be investing my time on three areas: 1) Promotion of the Quantum Success project; 2) Updating websites, writing and other marketing; 3) Research and launch of podcasting to extend our reach and service... in addition to working on new programs and advance work for clients and 2007 engagements.

Until next month...

 

Thanks for reading this issue...

"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil." James Allen

Dream, prepare and act to succeed and make November your most successful month this year. Prepare to make the months following November even more successful. What a novel concept! Write your own future, be the author of your success!

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Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey would be pleased to be a part of your success team and to work with you for your conference, meeting or training event. For more information about customized keynotes, professional/personal leadership training and coaching, seminars/retreats, please visit www.ideaman.net or call our Creative Office at: (780) 736-0009

Ask about a customized conference, coaching or training package to suit your specific career, company or organizational needs.

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