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Ep. 6. Defend your narrative arc

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Release Date: 02/19/2019

Ep. 66. Keep the Ep. 66. Keep the "thought" in thought leadership

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

So many leadership communications mistakes come down to one thing: not having a clear goal and a roadmap to get there. That’s especially true when it comes to areas where leaders aren’t as familiar with the subject matter. This episode looks at a high-profile communications failure: an op-ed that blew up in CEO's face, damaged the company's reputation and forced an embarrassing public about-face. We'll look at what went wrong... and how you can keep your communications on track. The important thing: Don't let stories like this discourage you from speaking up! You can make a positive...

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Ep. 65. What we've learned from a year of remote presentations show art Ep. 65. What we've learned from a year of remote presentations

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Public speaking has changed a lot in the past year, since conference halls and auditoriums went dark and we traded stages and amplifiers for webcams and video. But those changes can help us be better speakers, when the time comes to return to the stage. Links: My wife has co-written a terrific new book on making the most of remote work, called There's a chapter on presentations in there that I got to advise on, and it covers some of what I talk about here. (Think she'd be up for an interview in an upcoming episode?) Music: All music is by . The theme music is "." Used under a Creative...

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Ep. 64 I now pronounce you... correctly show art Ep. 64 I now pronounce you... correctly

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Mispronouncing someone's name from the stage is a lot more than a minor screwup. Here's why speakers should never go to the mic without knowing the correct pronunciation of every name they mention — and why speechwriters should never let them do it.

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Ep. 63. Less is more, and short is beautiful show art Ep. 63. Less is more, and short is beautiful

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Presenting online? Don't make the mistake of thinking longer is better. When you're speaking via video, you want to keep things short. Here's how to embrace short, even when you're scheduled to run long. Links: We spoke to back in . His latest book is And since I recorded this episode, a new book is on the scene: by and . It's really, really worth reading, whether you're a speaker, an event planner or just someone trying to wrap your mind around how things are changing in the way we come together to share knowledge, ideas and experience. Photo: on

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Ep. 62. Zoom out! You're more than just another face show art Ep. 62. Zoom out! You're more than just another face

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

If you're spending all day in Zoom meetings, then it's easy to think that speaking by video automatically means showing your head and shoulders... and nothing else. Let's talk about what you (and your audience) are missing by not letting the rest of your body get in on the act. (The bad news? You're gonna need to start wearing pants again.) Resource: ‘s post Music: All music is by . The theme music is "." Used under a Creative Commons license. Image: on

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61. Go big AND go home: Why you need to amp up your online energy for work-at-home audiences show art 61. Go big AND go home: Why you need to amp up your online energy for work-at-home audiences

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

You might have thought up-close video would be more intimate than speaking from the stage. But one big thing we're learning from remote presentations is this: You need to bring more energy to your speaking style when your audience is at home in front of their screens. Find out why... and how. Music: All music is by . The theme music is "." Used under a Creative Commons license. Image: on

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Ep. 60. The pivot: Mozilla adapts to communicating in the lockdown show art Ep. 60. The pivot: Mozilla adapts to communicating in the lockdown

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

This time, we look at how the technology visionaries at Mozilla are making the pivot from face-to-face leadership communications to virtual channels. We're joined by , Mozilla's senior executive communications manager. Links: , makers of , , and more. Music: All music by . Theme: "." Used under a Creative Commons license. Image: from Mozilla

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Ep. 59. Leadership communication through curation show art Ep. 59. Leadership communication through curation

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

If sharing really is caring, then the content you share needs to be content you really care about — and content your audience will care about too. This episode we look at content curation... and why just shovelling links onto Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn without care or context isn't just bad for your reputation — right now, it's dangerous to your audience. Links: I mentioned those mysterious letters "RSS", which really can make your life easier! If you're baffled, . is my newsreader of choice. (My wife and I about what happened to Google Reader.) By the way, the great OG (which...

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Ep. 58. Going virtual (and staying human) show art Ep. 58. Going virtual (and staying human)

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

With so many face-to-face presentations being cancelled, a lot of speakers are looking at going virtual. But with webinars and online conferences suddenly getting a second look, it’s important to keep in mind their special demands. This episode, we talk to presentation coach, theorist, blogger, speaker and author about what we lose when we go virtual, and how to make up some of that lost emotional connection. And we’ll hear from author and (her delightful description) camp counselor for grownups . In roughly a week, she’s had to move an event months in the planning into cyberspace....

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Ep. 57. Making the best of a cancelled speech show art Ep. 57. Making the best of a cancelled speech

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Cancelled speaking gigs are a fact of life, but never more than today. And hey: with social distancing and disease prevention rightly taking precedence over oratory, we know better than to feel sorry for ourselves over postponed conferences and scrubbed events. But when you're left holding a speech without a stage to deliver it on, what's your next move? Instead of letting all your work writing and preparing your presentation go to waste, try these suggestions for getting some real value out of that broken speaking date. This is the third episode of our five-episode series looking at...

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