Stick the Landing (Three Questions You Should Answer Before You Close)

Have you ever worked so hard and been so close to achieving something, only to miss out at the last moment? It’s a horrible feeling.  Spare a thought for Japanese snowboarder…


If Words Were Money (How would you spend them?)

If we thought about our words in the same way we think about our money, what would change?  I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately with people reading ‘The Barefoot…


If You Want to Connect (Learn the Language)

As leader, we will always struggle to lead the room, if we cannot learn to speak the language of the room.  In 2013 my wife & I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary by…


Four Questions People Ask (Every Time You Speak)

Depending on who you ask, it has been said that the average person has between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. Our brain is one powerful information processing machine.  It’s…


Want to Improve? (Try Asking the Audience)

As someone who works alongside leaders to improve how they communicate one of the most common questions I get asked by people I hear speak is: “What feedback do you have for me,…


I have to speak and I’m freaking out (Three tips to calm the nerves)

You’re not really scared, but for some reason your hands are shaking. You’re instantly regretting wearing white because the sweat is quickly revealing all that glory hidden…


The Accent of Leadership ( What Does Leadership Sound Like? )

Have you ever spoken with someone that had a strong accent? There was something different about how they spoke. Leaders have an accent. There is something about the way leaders…


Twenty-Eighteen Vocab (What Will You Choose?)

We should never underestimate the creative potential of our words. The words and phrases that rank high in our day to day vocabulary shape the type of leader, colleague, spouse or…


Three Last Minute Gifts (That Don’t Cost a Cent)

This time of year we spend countless hours in shopping centres frantically looking for the perfect gifts to give the special people in our life. Amidst all the Christmas chaos it…


Four Phrases (That will Silence Creativity) 

Creativity and innovation are at the core of great teams. The real challenge then, for leaders, is bringing them to the forefront.  Could we be silencing some of the most creative…


Happy ‘One Year Closer to Death’ Day (The Weight of Words)

Happy 'One Year Closer to Death' Day! It doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Happy Birthday’ does it? Last week I was passing a tram stop outside Southern Cross Station in…


The Missing Voice in Your Meetings (Four ideas to help silent team members speak up)

Teams that aren't empowered to speak up will eventually break down. Organisations and teams suffer when great team members lack the courage or confidence to speak up.  All too…