Speaking as a Leader

Speaking As a Leader: How to Lead Every Time You Speak...From Board Rooms to Meeting Rooms, From Town Halls to Phone Call
Speaking As a Leader: How to Lead Every Time You Speak…From Board Rooms to Meeting Rooms, From Town Halls to Phone Call

Why did I choose this resource?

Kevin selected this book for me to help improve my abilities to speak in public.

What did you learn from it?

I learned that opportunities to lead and inspire are everywhere; in presentations, conversations, voice mails, and emails. If there is a person around, there is a stage, and if there is a stage, you have  a chance to lead and motivate.

Key Knowledge


  • STEP ONE: Think as a Leader
    • Speak with an idea that is focused, positive, attainable, and encompassing
    • You can lead from all levels in a company. The difference is in the approach.
    • Be an inspirational speaker not just an informative one, always have a message or vision that drives your talk.
    • Listening is key to being a leader; three ways to listen – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • STEP TWO: Create a Leader’s Script
    • Use The Leader’s Script template for all communications, formal and informal, ensures you will always speak as a leader.
    • Three main parts:
      • The Introduction
        • The Grabber – Draws in the audience and excites them about your message, can be personal or literary.
          • Personal – the “I” grabber, tells something about yourself
          • Literary – many forms such as anecdotes, quotations, statistics, research, short videos, or poetic                                openings.
        • The Subject – Set’s the stage for you discussion and is extremely important to get it right. The subject should be                       one single exciting topic that has been carefully chosen and redefined,
        • The Message – Most important part of the script. Explains to your audience why they are there.
        • A Structural Statement – Last sentence of the introduction that sets the course for the body.
      • The Body – Clear, organized arguments that support the main message
        • No topics, only arguments
        • All points must tie back to the main message
        • The structure should allow you to expand or contrast on topics depending on the time available
        • Create a structure, and follow it.
      • The Conclusion
        • Restate the Message
        • Call to Action – Informs the listeners or yourself of the actions needed to bring the vision to life.
  • STEP THREE: Use the Language of Leadership
    • Think before you speak, stay on topic, be precise, be succinct, use speech appropriate for your audience, and avoid jargon, terms and phrases that have lost meaning.
    • Address the audience in a kind and welcoming manner. Do not talk at or down to them.
    • Be personal and create a relationship with the audience by using “I,” “you” and “we.”
    • Use figures of speech to influence the audience to listen and act.
    • Do not lessen the conviction of you speech with beginning a sentence with something similar to, “It’s only my opinion..” or “I’m not sure…”
    • Avoid words such as probably, hopefully, just, maybe, primarily, basically, sort of, quite and so on.
    • When there is a pause, do not fill it with words like um, ah, you know, to be honest, and like.
    • Avoid verbs similar to I think, I suppose, I’d guess and I’ll try.
    • Don’t apologize, correct yourself, or end a sentence with “et cetera.”
  • STEP FOUR: Achieve a Leader’s Presence
    • Engage the audience.
    • Use the volume and tone of your voice to emphasize the important parts of your speech. Do not be monotone.
    • Avoid visual aids because they are a distraction. You are the best visual for the audience.
    • Always speak loudly and cleanly.

How are you using what you learned?

I will use this information to prepare my presentations on my summaries. I will also use it to improve my emails and voice mails to clients. Additionally, I will use it every day to lead and inspire.

Key Changes / Key Actions

  • Think before you speak.
  • Create outlines for presentations
  • Listen to your audience


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