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Ep. 18. Prepare... even when you don't have time

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Ep. 71 Get out of your lane show art Ep. 71 Get out of your lane

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

You’ve probably heard the expression “stay in your lane.” And sometimes that’s good advice — but right now, we’re facing global emergencies on an unprecedented scale, and we need voices speaking out for truth, democracy, science and our very survival. If you have a platform, you can be one of those voices…even if you aren’t an expert. Here’s how to do it responsibly. Links: Music: All music is by . The theme music is "" Used under a Creative Commons license.

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Ep. 70 Find Your Red Thread with Tamsen Webster show art Ep. 70 Find Your Red Thread with Tamsen Webster

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

There probably isn’t a speechwriter or speaker alive today who hasn’t heard the advice “Tell a story.” But you want them to do more than listen. You want to tell the kind of story your audience will turn into their story. Crafting that story is the heart Tamsen Webster’s terrific new book, Tamsen joins me this episode to talk about the five steps of an effective Red Thread — which just so happen to be a great way to outline your next speech or op-ed. And we talk about how great stories can move audiences and create change. Links: Follow Tamsen  and Learn more...

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Ep. 69 Seven deadly sins of online presentation (part two) show art Ep. 69 Seven deadly sins of online presentation (part two)

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Well over a year into remote presentations as the norm, people are getting pretty good at it... but some mistakes are still cropping up again and again. Last time, we looked at four of the seven deadly sins of online presentations. This time we tour the final three... and then we'll look at how to flip those sins into shining, saintly virtues. Links: My wife has co-written a terrific new book on making the most of remote work, called Highly recommended for making the most of the new workplace! 's new book is an absolute must-read for crafting messages that move audiences. And stay tuned,...

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Ep. 68 Seven deadly sins of online presentations (part one) show art Ep. 68 Seven deadly sins of online presentations (part one)

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Well over a year into remote presentations as the norm, people are getting pretty good at it... but some mistakes are still cropping up again and again. In this two-episode series, we'll meet the seven deadly sins of online presentations — from not looking at the camera to not knowing your platform. And then we'll look at how to flip those sins into shining, saintly virtues. Links: My wife has co-written a terrific new book on making the most of remote work, called Highly recommended for making the most of the new workplace! 's new book is an absolute must-read for crafting messages that...

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Ep. 67. Avoiding plagiarism: Are your words really your own? show art Ep. 67. Avoiding plagiarism: Are your words really your own?

Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

Sure, you and I would never take someone else’s writing and pretend it was our own. But not all plagiarism is deliberate. It can be surprisingly easy to steal someone else’s words by accident. Plagiarism scandals have caught up leaders ranging from presidential candidates to university officials. They’ve derailed campaigns and ended careers. Here’s how to keep that from happening to you — by making sure your words, really are your words. Links: Care to jog your memory? Here’s the background on ’s and ’s plagiarism issues. And in case you missed last episode’s notes: My wife ...

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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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I'm all about encouraging speakers to prepare and rehearse — but let's face it. There are times when you just haven't had a moment to prepare, and now it's 10 minutes 'til stage time.

So maybe this isn't going to be a virtuoso performance. But it can still be a really good one. Here's how to lift a speech from the page when you only have a few minutes to prepare.

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