Speech writer secrets

I enjoyed this humorous talk on public speaking. Some of the advice feels gimmicky, but if you compare it to what you hear when presidents and leaders speak you’ll see that they all use it, well with a few exceptions.

The main points are

  • Be confident
  • Combine 3 breathless sentences for dramatic effect.
  • Repeat words three times for impact : “My people, my people; my people“.
  • Use balance: “In this life, and in the next”.
  • Reach for unique metaphors: “Love is a fruit in season at all times and in reach of every hand.
  • Exaggerate a bit for effect not to cover up the truth.
  • Rhyming. It tricks the brian into being comfortable with the information given as it sounds so right.

Go ahead and watch it for yourself:

Link to video if the embed above fails:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGBamfWasNQ&feature=share

My notes from the talk on how to maximise success

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, explains exactly how she got ahead in a male dominated industry.

Here’s what stood out for me:

  1. Your authenticity is your advantage.
  2. There are two currencies when it comes to success. 1 Is performance currency and 2, relationship currency. You need both to succeed, but only relationship currency get’s you to the pinnacle.
  3. She pointed out how doubtful some people are. She learned a thing from her white male colleagues. They were “frequently wrong, but never in doubt”, in other words they had confidence all the time.
  4. Perception is realities’ cop-pilot. What people perceive you to be is often how they think you actually are. You need to make sure that you make it easy for people to perceive in the same good way you do yourself. You can train others on what they should think about you. How should people describe you when you’re not in the room?
  5. If you offer that which is not valuable you will not get any reward for it.

Watch the video below

In case the video fails to show, heres the link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yflSZODY6YU

Remote spelled out is TRUST

2 planes in tandem with people performing stunt on top of them.

Bright and I had a very interesting chat about remote work, because of the COVID-19 lockdown situation in South Africa, they were thrown deep into the weirdness of distributed work.

Our conversation started with a simple question: “How do you know if someone is actually working when you can’t see them ?”. Most in-office manager’s who are used to making the connection between seeing and believing, must be thinking this at some point.

I thought about it for a moment and realised that we do not think about new hires like this at Automattic.

New hires are given full trust. They get access to all the systems, all decisions for the past 15 years, all the user data their role requires and the full faith in their ability to do what’s required to move the business forward.

My very first remote manager, Michael Krapf, had a saying that went something like this: “A good trend means a good worker, and a bad trend means a bad worker”. You could interpret it as; we should not evaluate people on an instance by instance basis, but should rather keep in mind what they do over a period of time and evaluate that.

In a work setting, low trust relationships are normally created when people don’t do what they say they were going to do. This doesn’t mean that we expect someone to be perfect, it’s just means that there is an expectation of progress, and obstacles being communicate in a timely and transparent manner.

When you have a low trust relationship, you will have to shorten the feedback periods considerably. This evaluation period should be well understood by all involved. The aim here should be to grow trust, not to have continuous checkups that puts only one side of the relationship at ease.

When trust grows, so should the evaluation period. In fact, you should expect trust to grow so much that there is no evaluation period. This is the peak of trust, all involved respects each other so much that, no news is good news and transparent communication is the natural outflow of progress.

Trust is also the basis of collaboration and collaboration the basis of a forward moving team. So start with high trust and work forward from there.

Featured Image by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

Fearless right doing

The article in a local newspaper from a political leader honestly and openly speaking out. Speaking out knowing that persecution will come. Knowing that what he is doing will be frowned upon and even ridiculed by those so close to him. 

Our country is going through a challenging time politically, which affects many aspects of our lives as South Africans. 

I honor people who speak up for what is right.

Good men cannot be silent in the face of evil. Silence is connivance

Read full article here: http://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/mathews-phosa-this-was-my-damascus-moment-7831409