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Speak Up and Lead | February 2018

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Speaking to groups can be daunting, but it’s a critical communication skill for leaders. Want to share your expertise, pitch an idea, or motivate a team to take action? Whether you’re talking to three people or 300, learn how to confidently engage your audience and successfully get your message across.

Speakers: Mary Cheyne of Magnetic Podium and Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder, Femgineer.

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Speak Up and Lead | February 2018

  1. 1. Speak Up and Lead
  2. 2. In a survey by GMAT, employers ranked 25 different skills in job candidates. What do you think topped the list?
  3. 3. Employers Want Communication Skills in New Hires, 2014. GMAT Employers’ ranked skill preferences in new hires
  4. 4. * 4 Corporate Subscribers
  5. 5. * 5 Welcome
  6. 6. 6 * Selena Rezvani Vice President of Consulting and Research Be Leaderly • Consultant, speaker and author on women and leadership. • Seasoned human capital consultant, using workplace culture assessments to help corporate clients be more inclusive and welcoming to women. • Author of two leadership books for professional women – Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up— for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009).
  7. 7. 7 * Jo Miller CEO and Founding Editor Be Leaderly • Dedicated to helping women around the world advance into positions of leadership and influence. • Delivers more than 70 presentations each year, for leadership conferences, professional associations, and corporate women’s networks. • Founded Be Leaderly and this webinar series to reach emerging women leaders anywhere in the world.
  8. 8. 8 * Mary Cheyne Professional Speaker & Public Speaking Coach Magnetic Podium • Has trained over 15,000 people in over 25 cities around the world and coached hundreds of individuals on how to communicate clearly and authentically in front of audiences. • Beat out 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to win 1st Runner-up in the 2009 World Championship of Public Speaking. • Author of the Amazon best selling book, “Present” Yourself in Public Speaking: Tell Your Inner Critic to Shut Up and the Real You to Speak Up.
  9. 9. 9 * Poornima Vijayashanker Founder Femgineer • Was the founding engineer at Mint.com where she helped build, launch, and scale the product until it was acquired by Intuit. • Launched Femgineer, an education company for tech professionals and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to build software products and companies. • Speaks at industry events around the world. • Author of How to Transform Your Ideas into Software Products. Co-author of Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.
  10. 10. @Jo_Miller@Poornima @Mary_Cheyne @SelenaRezvani #BeLeaderly
  11. 11. #BeLeaderly
  12. 12. 12 “To lead, you need to be able to communicate, share and educate.” — Mary Barrazotto, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Brown-Forman
  13. 13. 13 * Why do mid-career professionals need public speaking skills? • Leadership role • Demonstrate ability to communicate with teammates and customers • Visibility beyond company
  14. 14. 14 * You’ve said there’s a huge gap in the way most people approach public speaking training. What’s missing? Presence
  15. 15. 15 * What are some easy ways to get started as a speaker? • Your company • Your alma mater • Meetups and conferences
  16. 16. 16 * Why do people get nervous? What are some proven techniques for reducing anxiety before a big presentation? • Comfort Zone – Survival mode – Prepare early – Arrive early – 1-to-many versus Many 1-to-1
  17. 17. * 17 What’s one word you associate with speaking to groups?
  18. 18. Copyright 2018, Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc. 18 Poll 1: What holds you back from speaking to groups more frequently?
  19. 19. 19 * What are some of your top tips for preparation (and how do you prepare?) • Start with an outline • Record yourself • Form a mini-audience • Do a dress rehearsal
  20. 20. 20 * What are some common myths and misconceptions about speaking that have people feeling disempowered?
  21. 21. I’ll wait for the confidence then I’ll speak The audience is judging me It’s all about me
  22. 22. 22 * You advise people to look for speaking engagements outside their company. What are some ways to get started? • Your network • LinkedIn • Organizations and conferences with panels • Ask for video recordings and written testimonials
  23. 23. 23 * What are some of the exercises you teach that help people be authentic and relatable in front of an audience? • Get clear on your intention of service • Get present (breathe) • Be conversational
  24. 24. 24 * Do you have different suggestions for introverts and extroverts? • Understand what it means to be present – In our head – Too outward – Balance
  25. 25. 25 * What techniques do the best presenters use to engage, persuade, or motivate others?
  26. 26. Range Engaging stories Humor
  27. 27. 27 * Give us some tips for rocking the Q&A.
  28. 28. Crowd Source Strategy Think ahead or ask organizer to compile a list Use meet and greet time to compile questions Open talk by jotting down questions
  29. 29. Q&A Jo MillerPoornima Vijayashanker Mary Cheyne Selena Rezvani
  30. 30. Copyright 2018, Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc. 30 Poll 2: What will you work on?
  31. 31. * 31 Recommended Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking, by Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Caitlin. Get your free copy at gumroad.com/l/present-ebook/be-Leaderly “Present” Yourself in Public Speaking: Tell Your Inner Critic to Shut Up and the Real You to Speak Up, by Mary Cheyne. Get your free copy at magneticpodium.lpages.co/ebook-landing- page-for-beleaderly/
  32. 32. Closing Thought Poornima Vijayashanker www.femgineer.com Mary Cheyne www.magneticpodium.com
  33. 33. 33 * 8 Ways to Transform from a Manager into a Leader Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • Get inspired to make the leap from managing to leading—and the tools to make it happen. In this webinar, find out the key differences between a leader and a manager, plus tips for building a strong team and a loyal following. • Guest Speaker: Lisa Walsh, CEO, Truco Enterprises.
  34. 34. #BeLeaderly
  35. 35. Visit our blog Ready to lead? We’ll show you how. Sign up for our newsletter.
  36. 36. * 36 Discussion Questions 1. What’s holding you back from doing more speaking in front of groups? 2. What speaking opportunities would you like to step up to? 3. What will you do to: a) Prepare b) Get over nervousness c) Be authentic and relatable, or d) Engage, persuade, and motivate your audience

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