“Today if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you also have to be a storyteller,” according to Virgin founder Richard Branson. But storytelling is also critical for all managers and leaders.
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Since the 1960s, one name in particular has become synonymous with power, charisma and success: Sir Richard Branson. He’s become famous not only for his entrepreneurial ventures, overwhelming successes and bizarre public stunts, but for his ability to inspire others as well. Many of us look to him for leadership guidance, but how exactly can we learn from him?
The typical working week has its ups and downs. And if you regularly find yourself suffering from “Sunday night blues”, it’s time to ask why and what can be done about it. Because having a positive attitude can help you succeed in day-to-day projects, get a promotion or just generally enjoy your current job more.
You only need to look back in history, or at some of today’s most successful business people, to see that coaching and mentoring has been around for quite some time. Plato was mentored by Socrates, Harper Lee was rumoured to be mentored by Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn was mentor to Elizabeth Taylor, Marissa Myers is mentored by Larry Page and Marc Benioff was mentored by Steve Jobs. These people sought inspiration and the greater wisdom of others, and it paid off!
There is a lot to be said for being your own boss. I made the break from full-time employment in 2006, one month after getting married! I had a single client in place before handing in my notice, but it was still a big gamble, and particularly as I was hedging my bets on the emerging social media space. When I think back though, the nerves were minimal. Excitement and anticipation overwhelmed any feelings of doubt, and I couldn’t wait to be in charge of my professional future. I had created a tiny work space in my bedroom, within our one bedroom flat at the time. I was young, determined and raring to go.
Self-improvement should be a constant ongoing focus for anyone who is keen to progress in their career, but unfortunately it’s often something remembered at the beginning of a new year, only to slip in priority once workload mounts. If you set out to learn a new language in 2015, enhance your coding skills, gain a new level of fitness or maybe even write a book, the chances are it never really happened. Apparently just 8% of us achieve our New Year’s resolutions, despite more than 40% of us setting goals for self-improvement.
Resolutions rarely work; just like “I’ll quit on Monday” rarely works. In fact, according to a University of Scranton survey, about 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% are successful. I’ve been one of the unsuccessful 8% so many times I decided to bag the resolution thing years ago. Here’s what I learned about why resolutions and Monday morning quitting have such a small chance of sticking for the long haul.
We recently looked at the sleep habits of highly successful people. And now, we can study the breakfast and early morning habits of the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Now that the countdown to Christmas is in full swing, it’s always nice to reflect on the highs of 2015, and in our case, the blog posts that really got our readers thinking and sharing. So just before we kick back with a glass of mulled wine and call it a wrap for 2015, we thought you might like our Christmas Top 10 of the posts that grabbed the most eyeballs this year…
We all love to watch a presenter who appears cool, calm and confident. In fact, if a presenter doesn’t seem confident, it is uncomfortable to watch and we will have no confidence in the message they are sharing. But how is it that they are confident in the first place? Here are seven secrets that you can use to become a confident presenter:
Within his book, The Virgin Way, Richard Branson shares a letter written by his mother, Eve Branson. He says he was a child full of curiosity, determination and a thirst for exploration, and in his mother’s words, “utterly determined to do his own thing”. Most parents would want to protect their child from the hurt that’s associated with failure, but Richard Branson’s parents gave him the scope to explore his crazy business ideas. Many ended in disaster, but he learnt by his mistakes. His parents were there to help him pick up the pieces, and encourage him to soldier on. It turned out these were just “the growing pains of a budding entrepreneur”.
As you’d expect from a self-confessed presentation geek, the walls of my study are lined with a multitude of books dedicated to the topic of presenting. They vary by area of expertise, presentation technologies, design thinking and frankly, quality, yet there is one thing that the vast majority share – an obsession with what I would term ‘formal presentations’.
Around 75% of us suffer from a fear of public speaking. For some, making a presentation can be ridiculously nerve-racking, to the point where you’d might even consider selling your hair to a wig maker in return for the ability to present just a little bit better.