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Leadership Speakers: Five Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker

Leadership speakers advise leaving your audience wanting more

Leadership speakers advise leaving your audience wanting more.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

Leadership speakers remind us that public speaking is a fundamental part of many jobs. Whether you need to engage your employees, persuade a committee to fund you, to sell your product or to educate, the fundamental things that make you a good public speaker will be the same.

1. Believe in Yourself

Self-belief will make you more confident and therefore people will be more willing listen to and trust what you say. After all, the first step to getting others to believe in you is to believe in yourself.

2. Do your Research

Make sure you know your topic inside out. Yes, it may be time-consuming and hard work initially, but “winging it” is not an option. If you are unprepared, you are far more likely to stumble or lose your place and consequently your confidence and authority – best to avoid!

3. Inject Some Humor!

Everybody likes to laugh and this will relax and settle both you and your audience. However, be warned, too many jokes may take away some of the validity of your talk – use in moderation! Leadership speakers remind you not to mistake yourself for a stand-up comedian.

4. Accept that Everybody Makes Mistakes

It’s true. We’re all only human and that’s okay. Chances are, your audience won’t even notice if it’s just a slight change of word or phrase. However, if you feel it was a very obvious or important mistake, acknowledge it, correct yourself and move on.

5. Keep it Short and Sweet!

Leadership speakers tell you that it is much better to leave your audience wanting more rather than send them to sleep!

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Empower Employees to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

Empower employees to increase productivity in the workplace

When you empower employees it will increase productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

A manager can approach their role in various ways. They could take a dictatorial stance; telling their employees what they can and can’t do, shouting at them when they make mistakes and maintaining an air of aloofness. However, the environment that this fosters can hardly be said to be productive. A productive workforce will run through brick walls for their manager, yet a dictatorial manager would struggle to muster such a response. In order to illicit the right response from your employees, consider the following.


If a person makes a mistake, they will often feel like they’ve let everyone down. The last thing that they need in such situations is an ear-full from the boss. Out of every mistake, there is an opportunity: empower your employee by giving them the opportunity to rectify their mistake, either on their own or within the team. By doing this, the employee will feel that they have achieved something, rather than dwelling on the mistake.

Be an Equal

It is very difficult to break down the employer/employee relationship. However, even if it remains intact, it is still possible for the gap to be reduced sufficiently. Employees don’t want to be treated like mere components; they want to be respected and treated as individuals. Take the time to get to know your employees; take them for drinks or a meal every so often. By doing such things, you begin to be seen as more of an equal, rather than just ‘the boss.’ A person is more likely to work hard for somebody who respects them, and doesn’t patronize them.

Don’t belittle your employees; empower them through conversations and encouragement and reap the rewards later!

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Make Your Audience Laugh as a Professional Speaker

Timing is crucial when using humor as a professional speaker.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

There is nothing worse than a dull professional speaker. They make speeches that last half an hour feel as though they will never end, and you find that your chair becomes increasingly uncomfortable as they drone on. The last thing that you want to do is give a boring speech, so consider using a bit of humor to keep your audience listening.

Who Are Your Audience Members?

Humor is a device used to ensure that your audience members engage with your speech. It is therefore very important that you direct your humor towards the particular audience that you’re talking to. Think about where they have come from; are there any local rivalries that you can exploit? If you’re giving a speech to people who know each other, do you know any office stories that you can slip in? Taking a bit of time to research your audience will lead to a real connection.

Timing is Everything

You need to remember that you are giving a speech for a particular purpose. If you focus too much on humor then your topic may be lost in a wave of laughter. The phrase ‘less is more’ has never been more apt. You want to ensure that you use humor to get the audience on your side and then push forward with your talk. Sprinkle in a pun or two mid-way through to keep them listening and try to end with a bang. Find the right balance and you will give an excellent speech.

Make sure you give a memorable speech; add humor and watch as the audience hangs on your every word.

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Consider Your Employee to Maximize Productivity in the Workplace

Treat employees as individuals to maximize productivity in the workplace

Treat employees as individuals to maximize productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

We hear a lot about employee engagement, and to many it seems to be only a buzz phrase of the day. However, this could not be further from the truth. Where employees are engaged, productivity in the workplace increases, they are far more likely to enjoy their job, and a worker that enjoys their job will go that extra mile to ensure that the business objectives are met. Indeed, studies have suggested that a company that focuses on employee engagement initiatives gain twice the profit of a company that neglects employee engagement. Clearly, ensuring that the employees engage with their roles within the company is very important, so how do we ensure that this occurs?

An Employee Is an Individual

We will often hear that there are certain sure fire ways to ensure that an employee is motivated. However, this is somewhat misleading. What these fail to acknowledge is that different people will respond best to different types of interaction. Some people, when they make a mistake, need a good rollicking to set them straight; they will strive to improve when the manager has spoken harshly to them. Others will regress when shouted at, and require a far more gentle approach, perhaps a word in the ear or a little note. The importance of a good manager cannot be overstated; it is only by employing somebody who can identify what an individual will respond to, that we can ensure the individual engages with their work.


Judging criticism is merely the tip of the iceberg. Treating employees as individuals has many other important facets. It is vital that an individual’s skill set is matched with the job that they are to perform; failure to do so will lead to an unproductive workforce and productivity in the workplace will suffer. Similarly, certain people will respond to a manager who takes the time to get to know them; others will prefer to keep their personal and work lives separate. Being able to judge what sort of person you are dealing with is key to ensuring that the employee engages with their work and remains productive.

Too many businesses neglect interpersonal skills. In reality, they are vitally important in ensuring that your employees engage with their tasks, and so maximize their productivity in the workplace.

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Improve Productivity in the Workplace with a Sense of Direction

A sense of direction encourages increased productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

Give your employees a sense of purpose and productivity in the workplace will follow. There are two main advantages to ensuring that your employees are fully aware of the philosophy of the company, and the direction that it is going in:

They Know What They’re Working Towards

For many people, the first day of work is very similar. You are taken to your work station, be that a desk or a cubicle, given a quick introduction about what your role is going to be, directed to the emergency exits and coffee making facilities, and then you are left to get on with it. It is rare that you are given a sense of the philosophy of the company or the direction that it is hoping to move in. The main problem with this is that you begin to lack structure when you are confronted with a problem. If an employee knows the aims of the company, they will find solutions that best further those aims. This will benefit the business and productivity in the workplace far more than a solution chosen blindly.

They Feel Part of the Success

One of the main complaints of employees is that they don’t feel as though they are making a difference. They see their work as menial and therefore take little joy from the successes of the company. The result is a disinterested workforce. Give your employees a sense of the direction that the company is hoping to go, and identify their role in pushing the company forward. This will enable employees to take pleasure in the work that they are doing; secure in the knowledge that they are doing something important.

When your employees buy into the philosophy of the company, everybody benefits. Give them the tools to do so by giving them a good narrative of the business’ aims and philosophy and productivity in the workplace is bound to follow.

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