When you are in a hurry, slow down

— Written by: Ellen Hermens

Such sayings – are you sometimes wondering like me about them and think yet another saying I can´t understand?

For a long time I did not understand this saying: When you are in a hurry, slow down. How can that work? I thought: “When I slow down then I can´t finish my work on time or don´t make it at all.” But in the last week I understood the deeper meaning of the saying.

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Flotsam from the Internet

— Written by: Ellen Hermens

Reading Seth Godin´s blog is a highlight – I always get great ideas from him. Now today I found this: The quickest way to get things done and make change Seth puts a great advice into three sentences which actually is for me an advice how to take on the lead.

  • Great leaders definitely earn their authority rather than demanding it.
  • Great leaders take on responsibility – in fact that makes often the difference between someone perceived as a leader and someone who´s not. Ever waited after a meeting to go to Lunch when all wanted to join? It takes a leader to go first.
  • Great leaders finally don´t need the attaboys and give freely credits to others – that is also the first advice of my 52-week e-mail course The Kingmaker-Tips

(If you understand German: the German version also contains a link to a video about performance reviews and effective company communication) What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment.

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Evolution in Business

— Written by: Ellen Hermens

The Kingmaker Institute graphics logoThings falling into places – positioning as evolution in business

How is it with you? Here a chat, there a workshop, then your own experience in your business life, a great book, a friend´s advice and a myriad of other factors add up…

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Kill the Babies

— Written by: Ellen Hermens

Of course not real ones, but the ones in speeches. Babies still are being loved, cared for and cuddled. I talk about stories a speaker loves when they disturb a speech. But how is it possible personal stories disturb a speech? I myself train people to use personal stories.

Baby disturbing the smooth "flow" of dominosRecently I listened to a speech in which the speaker presented the motto: “Change for the better – not for fun!” His presentation started excitingly and he led us to the Massai who promoted that motto. But then he changed to the subject of misusing english words in german (in german it´s called “Denglish”) and ranted a bit before changing again to “Change for the better…”. The audience was confused as he didn´t connect these topics in any way.

Later the speaker confirmed that “Denglish” is one of his emotional topics about which he could rant endlessly, but he also perceived the confusion of the audience. But: how can we prevent ourselves from such?
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The Chicken Eagle

— Written by: Ellen Hermens
Flying eagle

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Or the moral of the story

There is a popular story about an eagle which had been raised among chickens as a chicken behaving just like one of them. He doesn´t fly. He picks on the ground to find his food and does all what a chicken does. In the end when a naturalist brings him far away to the top of a mountain thrusting him in the air – the eagle begins to fly just like the king of the sky.

A nice story which we tell others when we coach them to help them gain the self-confidence of an eagle. Only: are you an eagle or rather a chicken? Let have a closer look into the story…

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Message Makes Difference!

— Written by: Ellen Hermens

Speaker with a megaphoneSome people only deliver speeches to hear themselves talk. Or worse: speaker who use the speech as therapy to solve an emotional issue of their life.

In these situation gains often only the speaker something – in the best cases the audience is being entertained, but will they learn anything? In the worst case they are led into a sad emotion or even frightened.

As speaker we are responsible for our audience and what they get from our speech. We are responsible to entertain and leave them in a great mood.

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The PowerPoint Trap

— Written by: Ellen Hermens
Data projector for PowerPoint presentation

Data projector for PowerPoint presentation

Recently I attended a lecture and were able to experience again a speaker who ran into the PowerPoint trap.

He prepared his speech with PowerPoint. The slides were extremely full and he stuck strictly to his presentation. What could he have done differently and to be extraordinary?

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