Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Media Writing Masterclass Tuesday May 26th 2009

Feedback from participants (pictured)

"Great relevant information and tips for writing better media releases" Lorraine Willis, Executive Officer, Family Business Australia, Forrestfield

"Relevant information" Julie Harold, Vendor Manager, Professionals Real Estate, East Perth

"Relevant, to the point and answered all the questions" Linda Stanley, Director John Stanley and Associates, Professionals Real Estate, Kalamunda

Please consider our next course on Tuesday June 30th.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Praise for Speechwriting Masterclass May 12th 2009

Praise for Speechwriting Masterclass "Powerful and Persuasive Speechwriting"

"Speech 'map' in the final stage rounds the session up very well. Speeches now seem simple!" Alex Mackie, WA State Manager, Entity Solutions

"I liked the pace and clarity with great content - interactive" Mat Jovanou, Project Co-ordinator, Office of Crime Prevention

"Very clear and concise with ability to relate to characteristics of the individual attendees" Guy Dowling, Accountant, Tax and Accounting

Please consider our next course on June 23rd?

Learning from Rugby Legend John Eales

His nickname is "Nobody" because "Nobody's Perfect". However, Mr Perfect is one of Australia's high achievers in the sporting and corporate world.

John Eales (pictured), who graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) in 1991, participated in two successful Rugby Union World Cup campaigns, captained the Wallabies in victories including the 1999 World Cup, led Australia through three Bledisloe Cup wins and two successful seasons of Tri-Nations fixtures and led the Wallabies to their first defeat of the British and Irish Lions.

He retired from Rugby Union in September 2001.

In 2002 the ARU launched a prestigious award to honour the game's best Wallaby player each season, known as The John Eales Medal.

Following retirement, Mr Eales embarked on a new journey in the corporate world. He developed the John Eales 5 brand, now trading as International Quarterback, in corporate hospitality and event management.

Mr Eales is also a consultant to BT Financial Group, a Director of the Sports Australia Hall of Fame and a Fairfax columnist.

Sport is a great metaphor for business success, although sport is less complex.

Here's a rundown of what I learnt listening to John Eales speak at an MBA Alumni breakfast in Perth recently.

1. Understand what it is you want to achieve

Sustained success is about faith in yourself, your team and the system. It starts with a desire or agitation, this provides a focus, which leads to a goal and then reality.

Leaders need to articulate this and "take the complex and make it simple and take the simple and make it compelling".

Keep a consistent focus on what is important.

2. The ability to give fearless, frank and timely feedback.

Are you being consistent? How do you reward people?

3. Knowing how you're going to do it.

It doesn't matter what it looks like, what is important is what it represents. What are the messages you give people? Learn to deal with failure.

Earn trust. Your brand is your connection point and needs to be consistently backed up by the environment, systems and symbols of your business.

John Eales was also a contributor with me to the book "Understanding Influence for Leaders At All Levels".

To order your copy of the book, click here.

Presentation Skills With The Legendary Lou Heckler

Presentation tips with the legendary Lou Heckler (Pictured).

Lou Heckler has been making a living from the printed and spoken word since he was 14 years old. In his teenage years, he was hired to do a community news column for “The Signal Item,” a weekly newspaper near his hometown in Pittsburgh, PA.

With dual degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he's had a varied media career as a News Director.

Always of an entrepreneurial spirit, Lou then began his full-time speaking career in March of 1980, performing keynote speeches and conducting training seminars on a variety of management topics.

Listen to this podcast as he shares his nearly 30-years of professional speaking wisdom.

Want help in public speaking, consider our next course on June 23rd in Perth? Book here.