Public Speaking & Project Management

I will be presenting my keynote Public Speaking Demystified at the Future PMO Conference on October 17th in Hammersmith. My own experience of Project Management is mainly indirect in the sense that I while I have never been a project manager ‘per se’. A lot of my past corporate roles and executive leadership responsibilities contained … Read more

What’s your objective when you speak?

During the hundreds of Toastmasters meetings, I’ve attended since joining in 2013, I’ve witnessed over a thousand speakers delivering speeches on pretty much any topic. Nevertheless, only a minority of speeches stand out in my memory as memorable speeches. Those that do have one powerful characteristic in common, the speaker had crystal clear objectives in … Read more

Why leadership is hard

Nowadays there have never been more courses, publications, and studies on leadership as a discipline. We know more than ever about the different leadership styles. We know which qualities are necessary for people to become good leaders. We finally seem to have more help available via coaching and mentoring than ever before. However, the World … Read more

What can presenters learn from fairy tales

In every culture worldwide, fairy tales and storytelling feature prominently in some form or another. As children we listened to fairy tales read aloud by our parents before going to bed. Widely acclaimed authors like La Fontaine, Grimm or Andersen largely owe their acclaim and fame to their compilations of stories and fairy tales. Can … Read more

Effective communication through gamification

Incentives board created by Florian Bay

Leading a volunteer organisation brings many interesting challenges. Chief of which is how to engage others with initiatives designed to support the wider organisation in meeting its goals. This is where gamification can help leaders in getting buy-in for said initiatives and changes. One of the conclusions of the 3-5 years strategic excellence plan that … Read more