After a half century in the communications consulting business (and writing a newspaper column for over 30 years), Charles Reilly offers our clients and friends some reflections based on the lessons of his life. We hope they will be of value to you, and sometimes make you smile along the way.
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With personal and professional best wishes...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
all know what makes a good leader. Right? Well, maybe yes or maybe no.
written about leaders and leadership are all over the lot. On top of that, many
of us have gone through “leadership schools” during military time or in the
corporate world – some have experienced both disciplines. In every case
personal communications is the foundation of leadership. Beyond broad
principles let me suggest that the devil is in the details. We too often
overlook the basics because we assume that we already know them and worse,
think we consistently practice them.
review the things that are important to others – that is, to the men and women
you are hoping will follow your lead.
At first glance what we see dominates.
The man or woman in a leadership role has to look the part by being
well-groomed and well-mannered. The setting for your talks is an important
influence of course, but your own unique style and good manners will dominate.
So be your own best self. What appeals to their eye is simultaneously impacted
by the sound of your spoken word. That voice has to project confidence. There
is no one single way to dress or to speak so that others will listen. Effective
communications combinations are endless. While you may not know exactly how a
leader will be looking or sounding at any given time, you know the sight and
sound of leadership when you see and hear it; so does your audience be it one
comes the key ingredient – a well thought out, properly rehearsed message. At
ALL times your listeners are asking themselves “what's in it for me?” This is
where Barbara Szala and the In-Person Communications professional staff can
assist you in determining your own best personal style and approach as you
convey important messages. Trust me, they know what they are doing and have
assisted leaders a thousand and more times. Most importantly, they are light
years ahead in objectivity from those you work with or the permanently-puckered
lips of assistants on your payroll. In-Person Communications professionals have
only one mission – to help you attain your objective.
next time you have to go into the lion's den, plan ahead. In-Person
Communications is just a phone call (201 664-1955) or a click away