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How to become a trusted, charismatic leader

This week: The Keys to Charismatic Leadership / The Secrets of a Master Communicator / How to Practice Radical Candor The Keys to Charismatic Leadership Many founders and CEOs I work with want to be a trusted, charismatic leader with a strong executive presence, superb body language who captivate with their storytelling and are seen in their industry as thought leaders. There is just one issue: How do you get there if you have no clear definition that breaks down “trust” or “charisma” into a...

2 days ago • 2 min read

This week: 7 ways to perfect your English as a non-native speaker / Join me for a conversation on LinkedIn Live / Revolutionize work & communications with AI / The best books on persuasion. How to Perfect Your English in 7 Steps (As A Non-Native Speaker) Around 1.1 billion people speak English as a second language – like me and possibly you. That’s almost 3 times the number of people who speak English as their first language. Many of the 1.1 billion are stuck on the OK plateau. That is a...

9 days ago • 5 min read

This week: 7 lessons from 2024 so far / Start Q2 with a bang / How to be a 'supercommunicator' 7 Game-Changing Ideas for 2024 Wow, that went fast! We are already approaching the end of the first three months of 2024. It is fair to say that the year so far has been a whirlwind. Last month, we rebranded this newsletter to Speak Like a CEO and launched our new branding for the podcast and on LinkedIn. And thanks to your support, the “Speak Like a CEO” podcast, my LinkedIn and this newsletter...

16 days ago • 3 min read

This week: Develop a magnetic speaking voice in 5 steps / How to build an invincible company / The best books on storytelling. How To Develop a Magnetic Voice in 5 Steps Your voice is an incredible instrument. It allows you to own the room, develop a powerful presence, or simply get your point across. The good news: Your voice is a skill that you can train and develop. For years I have searched for a system that I could remember and easily apply in my coachings, but to no avail. There is no...

23 days ago • 4 min read

This week: The technique to answer any question / How to build a brand in 15 minutes / The Anthology of Balaji. The Technique to Answer Any Question We've all been there – facing a tough question from a client, investor, boss, or team member that threatens to derail the conversation from your main message. When I work with my CEO clients, some ask me how they can control the questions they get. That’s understandable because they feel out of control facing scrutiny on stages, in interviews and...

30 days ago • 2 min read

8 TED Talks to 10x Your Presentation Skills Watching TED talks is like a 2-for-1 learning deal. You get their insights AND you get to see them in action at the same time. With every talk, you internalize valuable lessons on presence, persuasion, and captivating an audience – straight from the pros who knock it out of the park every time (with the added bonus of doing it from your couch). Here are 8 of my favourite TED talks that will help you 10x your presentation skills: #1 How to speak so...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Executive Presence Gets You The Next Big Gig (3 Ways to Increase It) The first part of this week's newsletter is written by Howie Chan, brand strategist and author of Legend Letters, the weekly newsletter that will give you strategies to be more charismatic, confident, and fulfilled, helping you live your version of legendary. Subscribe to Howie's newsletter here. Find part 2 of my special on AI and communications at the end of the newsletter. In a survey of 400 CEOs and C-level executives,...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

9 Experts on How AI Impacts Communication Who has all the answers when it comes to AI? In my view: no single person. Which is why I asked not one, but nine thought leaders about the impact of AI on all aspects of communications. But before we get into AI a quick update. Message Machine becomes Speak Like a CEO Today, we are rebranding the newsletter from Message Machine (the name of my last book) to Speak Like a CEO (the name of my popular podcast). We also updated the look and feel of the...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

The 7 Deadly Sins of Speaking Avoid these at all cost. Julian Treasure held the 6th most popular TED Talk of all time, “How to speak so that people want to listen”. Two weeks ago on my podcast ‘Speak Like a CEO’, he shared ‘The 7 Deadly Sins of Speaking’. I often write about how you can communicate like the top 1% of CEOs. But Julian reminded me that it is equally important to avoid these 7 traits: #1 Gossip Spreading unverified information about others is not a great look for a leader. It...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

9 Killer Opening Lines to Hook Any Audience Mastering public speaking takes years of practice. But no matter how much you practice your body language, storytelling and voice, you need to grab the attention of your audience at the start of your talk. And for this, you only have 3 seconds. So instead of a dull introduction, try using one of these 9 hooks to connect with your audience immediately: #1 Surprise them - “Our industry is in a terrible state...That’s what I could have said ten years...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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