In this issue...
• Point to
• Success Library
• Three Keys to Powerful
• Last minute notes and thoughts
• Thanks for reading this
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
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
"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".
"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
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
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
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
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:
your subject or topic
· KNOW your audience
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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