In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I am honored to bring you a discussion with fellow kindred spirit, hugely successful advertising entrepreneur, and genuine transformative leader, Jacob Baadsgaard. I know that I describe many guests as “kindred spirits,“ but it applies even more when it comes to Jacob’s story and his approach to business and leadership. We both had a similar entrepreneurial experience, from realizing that our skills were not being fully utilized in the corporate world, to starting our businesses free of debt, and experiencing massive growth as a result of our “serving others first“ approach. Jacob is one of those truly extraordinary individuals who, unlike many in the corporate world, gets “it.” […] He is focused not just on his own success, but passionate about the success and excellence of others, in his business and community. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, no one will want to miss this fascinating interview with such a rare and exceptional leader.
In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I am excited to bring you a discussion with business psychologist and positive psychology coach, Craig Dowden, Ph.D. In this episode, Craig takes us through an evidence based road map of becoming an effective leader. As anyone who follows me knows, I am a big fan of positive psychology. But whereas I have been practicing it without a degree for most of my life, Craig is an expert when it comes to this topic and specifically where it relates to leadership and business. During our discussion, Craig brings up fascinating research, data, and studies revealing the rationale behind well-known leadership principles. Although I was familiar with the efficacy of many of these principles, I found the science behind their inner workings to be quite eye-opening, and I’m sure our listeners will feel the same way.
Each one of us has our own primary or preferred style of communication, and this is something that affects how we show up in pretty much every area of our lives. This is obviously the case in how we speak, write, or behave towards others, but how we occur to ourselves is also subtly influenced by our preferred style of communication. Whether this primary style is rooted in our temperament and natural inclination to be and show up a certain way, or whether it is reinforced and consciously cultivated by the successes we have had using it, we are attached to our preferred style, for better or worse. In the absence of intentional effort to be and show up differently, our default tendencies will always take us back to our familiar mode of operation, even if it may not be the most effective way of conveying our message. This is an important distinction in general, but it is one that it is especially pertinent for speakers to understand and put into action.
Whether you are a professional speaker or aspire to overcome your fear of public speaking and effectively convey your message, I believe you will find the tips and suggestions in this episode to be practical and immediately applicable. In this audio recap of my recent blog post, I go beyond the traditional public speaking tips and share a number of powerful ideas in three categories of actionable suggestions, namely, "Know your audience," "Know your message," and "Effective Delivery." Any one of these suggestions has the potential to make you a more effective presenter, but combined, they will ensure that you transform your ability to contribute to and influence others in a way that makes a difference for them, personally and professionally.