Archive for June, 2007

Questions to Ask When Preparing for a Presentation

June 20, 2007

This week in my Unleash Your Potential newsletter, I wrote an article titled, Preparing a More Powerful Presentation.  (This article by the way will be available to readers of the book as a Bonus Byte – one of over 50 additional resources available online to supplement and add value to the reader’s experience and use of the book).  As a response to the article a colleague of mine, Marc Shiman, sent a note suggesting these questions to use in preparation for any presentation.  I loved them and thought they meshed well with what I had written, so here they are for your use:

  • Ask yourself the question “What is their (your audience) pain?” This is obviously the problem you are trying to help them solve.
  • Now look at your first few slides. Do they address your audience’s pain or are they about you?
  • We also talk about OUR goals when we make a presentation. What about our audience’s goals?

All three of these questions help us get to the heart of communication which we often forget in preparing for a presentation – that our purpose is first and foremost about our audience and helping them.

 If you want to communicate more powerfully in any situation, focus on the audience and their needs first.

What is the Best Leadership Blog?

June 15, 2007

Best Leadership Blogs logo

As a leader, and a speaker and writer about leadership, I’ve asked myself that question in the past, and wondered what other people thought. So I took note of my personal list and had a member of my team (Thanks Erica!) scour the web for more to consider. After review and discussion, we landed on the following ten as our contenders, as of June 2007, for the Best Leadership Blog (in the galaxy?).

CEO Blog – Time Leadership by Jim Estill
Dispatches from the New World of Work by Tom Peters
Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber
Leading Blog – Building Community Leaders by Michael McKinney

Leadership Turn by Jonathan Farrington
Management Craft by Lisa Haneberg
Mick’s Leadership Blog by Mick Yates

Slow Leadership by Carmine Coyote
Talking Story by Rosa Say
Three Star Leadership Blog by Wally Bock

(And if you haven’t read my Leadership blog, you might want to check it out too – even though it’s not among those in the poll!)

If you are a reader of one ore more of these blogs, you might already know which one you want to vote for. If you aren’t familiar with these ten sites, what a better reason to visit them than to help determine the Best Leadership Blog of 2007 winner?If you investigate and vote, you will not only gain invaluable insights and ideas from reading these blogs, you will also be entered to win the Remarkable Leadership Volume 1 – CD Set! This set is valued at over $550 and includes a total of 6 tele-seminars with me, 6 interviews with other leadership experts and much more.

The winning blog will have bragging rights, an award logo to place on their blog, be granted the championship trophy (ok, there isn’t a trophy) and receive a package of gifts from us at The Kevin Eikenberry Group.

I hope you will vote and I hope you will check back here for updates on progress. The polls close on July 6th so vote today!

The Galleys are Here!

June 1, 2007

Remarkable Leadership Galley with Kevin Eikenberry

Another big milestone in the progress of this book project came yesterday when we received copies of the “Advance Uncorrected Proof” of the book. Here is a picture of me admiring it. I’ve edited the pages inside, and after those changes are made, the book will head to printing.

While this news isn’t especially important to you, the underlying concept is. When you have accomplished a milestone towards a major goal you should take time to savor and ejoy it. At least as importantly, as a leader we must remember to do that for those around us celebrating progress as well as the end results.