The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence

How to Project Confidence, Conviction, and Authority

The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence

Author: John Baldoni
Pub Date: November 2013
Print Edition: $6.95
Print ISBN: 9780814433799
Page Count: 80
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814433805

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With their warmth, confidence, and ability to connect, many leaders look like they were born to the role. But that’s rare. What seem to be innate gifts are usually the result of learning and practicing great communication.

Communication is a critical skill for leaders. Whether in a contentious meeting, a casual conversation, or a formal speech, the ability to craft and deliver clear, authentic messages, ones your audience will believe, is the tipping point between forgettable and transformational.

The Leader’s Guide to Speaking with Presence will turn even dull speakers into dazzling communicators. Stripped of excess complexity and verbiage, the book distills the truly essential components of extraordinary communication into 100 actionable tips, including:

• Why framing your speech as a musical composition captures hearts and minds

• How to avoid common blunders, such as hunching at the podium or furtively glancing sideways

• PowerPoint dos and don’ts to enhance a message, not distract from it

• Why leaders who tell compelling stories will turn listeners into followers

• How to be a credible optimist, without being a Pollyanna

• Three steps to ensure you get out of your office and mingle with employees

• How to project certitude and a clear path for others to follow—plus much more

A leader’s most important job is to communicate. This handy guide helps you achieve the kind of genuine presence and communication excellence that earn lasting trust and quantifiable influence.

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized executive coach, speaker, and author of a dozen leadership books. In 2013, Global Gurus International ranked John No. 14 on its list of the world’s top 30 leadership experts. John has written over 400 columns for the online sites of Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Inc.

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