If you’re just like other successful business women, it's likely you have developed a strong masculine side whilst your feminine side lays dormant inside you. Time for it to wake up, what do you think? Following up on my latest video ‘A dream career and/or a dream man’, here’s the tips I promised! Give it a try... Cultivating your inner feminine can have a tremendous impact on your relationships, both at work and at home. What's more, you'll find it deeply enriching and energising. After all, you’re a woman designed to shine in this world!
All those years of hard work are finally paying off! You got a promotion, have been entrusted with more responsibility and a budget to build a brand new unit. Your boss has high expectations of you and you’re committed. You won’t let him down! You’re hyper-busy but loving it! Everything would be just perfect if it weren’t for the troubles back home... Your relationship is falling apart. Or, perhaps, you don’t even have one and the men who are interested are of no interest to you. Now what?!
She was a product manager in a sector ladies don’t venture into that often. The only woman on the team. Intelligent, capable, hard-working. She loved her job yet she was exasperated, she didn’t see any future for herself in the company. Unfair treatment? Or was there something else ruining her career ambitions? Here’s my latest article in the Czech & Slovak Leaders Magazine on the power of beliefs and the impact of gender stereotyping on our success. Prefer to watch rather than read? Here’s my video.
“No matter what I say or do, they won’t take me seriously because I am a woman!” Do you also believe it’s hard to be a woman in the tough man’s world? You’re not alone! Many women feel it’s still more difficult to access the same job opportunities as their male colleagues, that they’re not treated as equals, make less money etc. I wonder, is it really as bad or is there something else that is ruining our career ambitions, ladies? Prefer to read rather than watch? Here’s my article from the Czech & Slovak Leaders Magazine.
Is there someone you can't stand being around? Someone you actively try to avoid because they trigger all kinds of negative feelings and emotions in you? This can be a major hurdle, especially if it’s someone you have to deal with on a daily basis, a coworker for instance. Avoidance is not an option, so what do you do now?
Misunderstand and being misunderstood is painful. Sadly, misunderstandings happen on daily basis in our partnerships, at work. And no wonder. There are so many factors at play when you communicate with others that your chances of being understood are pretty slim. Unless you know how to manage these factors...
I think that most of us do. The question is: what are we doing to cultivate real, deep self-confidence? And, what is it we may be doing (without even realising it) that is jeopardising our self-confidence? Let’s talk about, shall we… :)
Do you also have a love-hate relationship with selling? Let’s face it, knowing how to sell is crucial, even if the word ‘sales’ is not part of your job title. Whether asking your boss for a new headcount, presenting a new idea to your management or asking your partner to join you on a sightseeing trip to Afghanistan, you always sell! My latest article in the Czech & Slovak Leaders Magazine provides a few handy tips…
Silent whispers and murmurs of discontent resonated through the corridor as I stepped out of the meeting room. They weren’t directed at me (not this time), yet they made me shiver... Read more in my latest article published in the Czech & Slovak Leaders Magazine.
We’ve all had to sit through mind-numbing meetings or presentations. It’s not fun! When it’s your time to present, please don’t let your listeners suffer the same! If you feel you’re loosing your audience during the presentation, here’s three ways you can get their attention back immediately and save your reputation in the process ;)
What's the one thing that you consistently don't do (or don't do enough of), that could save 30% of your preparation time and make your presentation much more engaging? Take a wild guess :)
And the next thing to include in your upcoming presentation is? A story. Yes, a story! I know this is not the first time you hear about storytelling. The question is, how well do you leverage the power of storytelling in your business? Here’s my latest article from the Czech & Slovak Leaders Magazine.
Remember the quote by Maya Angelou? "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." So, what are you waiting for? Make your audience FEEL! Learn how to in my third and last video of this mini-video series on making your presentations more memorable :)
Here’s my second video of this three short video series on making your presentations more memorable. This time we’ll explore another technique to make your message “stick” with your audience: making it TANGIBLE. See it, try it and tell me how it worked for you!
In this information-overload age it’s increasingly difficult for people to stay focused on what you’re saying let alone remember it! If we don’t put extra effort into helping people remember our ideas, the likelihood is they won’t. And that’s a problem. Because we cannot expect people to act or to change their behaviour, if they cannot even remember what we said! If you want your ideas to persist, you need to make them memorable!
I’ve always had a fascination and appreciation for the human body but it’s not until the last few years that I realised our bodies reveal much more than we might think (or want). Our bodies tell stories of who we are… What’s your story? Watch my TEDx UNYP talk and then let’s talk :)
Remember the last time that you were giving a presentation and had this nagging feeling that it wasn’t going all too well? Blank, unemotional stares from your listeners only confirmed your worst fears. Your point was lost and you weren´t impacting anyone… Read my full article from the Czech & Slovak Leaders Magazine.
When you're presenting a big idea to an audience and need to get their buy in, there’s one thing you must have - a powerful personal presence. Without it your ability to influence and engage people is very limited. And that's one of the prime reasons why so many great ideas end up in the trash bin. Read my full article from the Czech & Slovak Leaders Magazine.
Being interviewed on TV or on the radio for the first time can be thrilling and nerve-racking at the same time. Is there anything you can do to prepare and make the most out of your media appearance? “Yes there is”, says Martin Luhan, the Czech TV and radio personality, whom I had a conversation with recently. Here’s a few great tips I extracted for you from the original interview conducted in Czech.
Speak to the moderator: If you’re one of those people who thinks “Why prepare if I already know my topic inside out and have no way of anticipating the questions?”, then you may want to reconsider. According to Martin, at least a basic preparation is essential and can go a long way in helping you give a great interview. Speak to the moderator in advance and find out a) about the program and b) about the listeners and what they care about c) duration of the interview. This will give you invaluable information about things your listeners may be interested in or want to learn about your topic and the time you have to get your message across.
Think of your goals & key idea: What’s your goals for the interview? What ideas/feelings/emotions you want to leave the listeners with? What’s the big idea you want to convey? Think about these points and have your supporting argumentation ready. It’ll help you stay focused during the interview. If you want to make some notes and take them with you, that’s fine but don’t bring along a document binder ;) Not only it’s bound to be noisy and could distract your audience but you’ll get lost in all that information and get more nervous.
Images speak louder than words, show it! If you have something to show, show it. If you have a story to tell (your own or your customer’s), say it. If you are interviewed on TV about a new app you designed for instance, you can do a demo. Tell the listeners what kind of problems & situations the app can help them resolve and show them how. The point is to make your audience quickly grasp the big idea and relate to it in their own way.
Keep it short and sweet: I know, it’s very tempting. You’re an expert and love talking about your subject. But your listeners do not need to know every single detail. Less is more to get your point across. If you offer too much information, people may get confused, loose interest in your message and mentally (or literally) “switch off”. Listen to the questions, stay focused on your message, be brief, to the point and avoid jargon. You can think in tweets - if you only had 140 characters to express your idea, what would you say?
Let yourself be guided by the moderator: When the moderator interrupts you, do not worry, do not get upset. A good moderator is simply trying to help you to get your message across as quickly as possible and make it entertaining and relevant for the audience.
Get in the right state of mind! When on the radio, your voice is your only instrument, use it wisely! Unless you plan to do interviews on regular basis, there’s no need to worry about getting any specific voice training. But there are things you should do in order to animate your voice. You have to get yourself in the right state of mind. If you feel passionate and enthusiastic about your topic, step into that emotion, it will reflect in your voice. Keep your throat well hydrated, have a glass of water always at hand.
You’re not nervous, you’re excited, ok? The only difference between fear and excitement is the way you think about it. For the body it’s the exact same thing. Use your nervous energy to your advantage, frame it mentally as an excitement. Think about your interview as a great opportunity to share something that matters to you with others. How exciting! Feel the excitement and others will feel it too! If after that you still feel a little nervous, it doesn’t matter! It’s better to be perceived as a nervous “enthusiast” than just nervous. Another thing you can do to help with nerves is hold something in your hand for instance (pencil etc). Drink plenty of water so that your mouth don’t get dry.
This is your chance to make a difference. Enjoy it! You have been invited to the program. The media is interested in you and for a moment you’re the star of the day! Take the opportunity to make a difference for yourself and your audience!
Don't script & memorise your answers: You may also be one of those people who like to have everything prepared in advance in the hope of having morel control over the situation. Maybe you’re tempted to request a list of questions from the moderator and script your answers and memorise them. Not a good idea! That is unless you want to kill the spontaneity and flow of the conversation. What’s more, having your lines memorised will make you feel uncomfortable and you may even get totally thrown off when the moderator decides to change the order of the questions or god forbid (!), add other questions spontaneously.
Don’t be hard on yourself: The moderator does not expect you to know everything and have answers to the world’s most pressing issues. You’ll be asked questions related to your field of expertise, nothing more or nothing less.
Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”: If you get an unexpected question and do not know the answer, do not try to invent it on the spot or lie. It’s OK to say “I don’t know xxx because I am not directly responsible but I can find out or you can find this on our website etc…
Don’t underestimate the power of your image: TV interviews require more preparations than radio interviews because people actually watch you. Your image is important, it can support your message or quite the contrary. Consider your choice of clothing, colours etc, you want to look and feel great! Be aware that some patterns do not work well for TV - eg. stripes! It may be good to ask the moderator what colours/visual elements to avoid to keep your image nice and neat. Careful about any strong visual element that could distract the audience from your message (green nails, stain on your trousers, pencil line on your face…)
Don't focus on yourself: Do not imagine the crowds of people who could be potentially watching you, that will only make you more nervous. Focus solely on the moderator and their questions.
Don’t underrate your audience: Avoid using phrases such as “I am not going to into details on this as the audience might not understand”. Also avoid phrases such as “In my opinion, I believe, I think, in my view”, it goes without saying that you’re expressing your opinion.
Don't drink ;) Do not use alcohol to keep the nerves in check. Yes, alcohol has a calming effect but it’ll make you a worse speaker. It not only dries out your throat, but it impacts your memory, mental processes and your ability to stay focused. Water is your best bet :)
Typical structure of a media interview
And finally, this is a structure a moderator would typically use to conduct the interview.
Big picture (What is this idea/product/service good for? For whom? Why?)
What does it do specifically?
How did you get to do this?
How can we take advantage of it?
Show us, give us a concrete example, tell us a story
What’s the success/achievements of this so far?
What are the next steps? What’s your plans for the future?
První pozvání do studia rádia nebo televize v nás muze vybudit velké vzrusení a zároven i velkou nervozitu. Jak se pripravit, abyste co nejlépe vyuzili této prílezitosti, zaujmuli publikum a zároven si vás okamzik slávy dostatecne vychutnali? Práve na to jsem se zeptala Martina Luhana, ceské televizní a rozhlasové osobnosti a chci se s Vámi o tyto tipy podelit. Více o Martinovi najdete v textu na YouTube.