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Rohit Bassi

Apr 23, 2020

ANGER…A PATH OF FEAR DESTROYS EXECUTIVE PRESENCE


“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” A great quote by Master Yoda and that means anger leads to loss of executive presence.

Master Yoda although a fictional character but the words he uttered are what we tend to read in the great books from across the world. They are teachings of the ones who have a great sense of emotional wisdom. Our fear can be our greatest enemy or when we befriend it we can use it to redirect our path for our good. We have to learn to manage this destructive emotional state for the good of ourselves and others.

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In an angry state, we could end up using profanity, a loss of our emotions. I am not a fan of profanity although recently I lost my temper and used profanity after profanity after profanity after profanity 😢. Such behaviour was rude of me and I sincerely am sorry for using the bad language.

Profanity could easily become a habit which could easily trickle and then flood into different aspects of our life, and the danger is it could become a norm. In the process, one hurts others thus breaking important relationships.

Anger is a natural emotion. One of my holistic teachers says it is an expression to a suppressed frustration which is nothing but integrity. It’s nothing but a GPS pointing you in the direction of suppressed pain 🙏💕🤗 that needs to be released. There are certainly better ways to release the anger without lashing out at others.

How do you release the anger without lashing out at others?

I serve people and organisations focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire to develop their own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery.

Global Conference & TEDx Speaker on Executive Presence – Inspiring Trust & Compassion To Achieve ROI – Delivery Experience 25+ Years | Best-Selling Author®

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Apr 23, 2020

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Apr 16, 2020

THE ROYAL EDITION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING & EXECUTIVE PRESENCE


He was a man that was never destined to be a leader, and King George VI, the current Queen’s father, struggled with speaking from being a young boy. This was made worse by the pressure he experienced and the fear that he felt regarding speaking in public. In a story made famous around the world by the Oscar-winning hit ‘The King’s Speech’ starring Colin Firth, George worked with Lionel Logue, an Australian Speech therapist, to overcome his fear and take on the role of king after the abdication.

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Growing up in the shadow of his brother, the heir, King George VI’s story offers valuable lessons and insights into the skills associated with public speaking and how these can be learned and developed to promote executive presence.

Voice is a key component of executive presence, along with confidence, a sense of purpose, body language and more. It could even be suggested that Lionel Lague could be considered one of the first ever practising executive coaches. Executive presence is a quality that makes certain people stand out from all the rest.

It comes from having confidence in what you are saying and doing, and this clarity of thought encourages others to put their faith in that individual. Improving your executive presence will enable you to highlight your strengths, exude confidence and could be a key stepping stone in your personal and professional development.

It is important to note, that although we talk about executive presence, this does not just refer to CEOs and seniors in the company, but instead it can exist on all levels of the company. More and more employers are prioritising public speaking skills, and in some professions and industries, including the role of the monarch, this ability is a prerequisite for success.

The public speaking process is considered to be made up of seven essential elements, including the source (or speaker); the verbal and non-verbal message; the receiver; the channel; feedback; noise and situation. However, what makes a successful public speaker is almost subjective, it is the ability to engage, entertain, and educate, or perhaps just the skill of being able to make an individual connection with every single person in a room full of people.

One of the central components to King George VI’s speech impediment was linked to the fear of public speaking, and even those who do it every day, still get scared at the thought of addressing a group. Developing executive presence includes learning to control your delivery and breath, and practice will help to reduce public speaking related anxiety.

Take advice from the king’s own adviser, Lionel, and recognise that success in public speaking is a direct result of breath control, practice and warm up. Learning to breathe properly will ensure that you are able to remain calm and in control of the situation. Practising your speech will help it to become second nature and warming up your vocal cords will help your message to ring out loud and clear.

Being physically prepared for anything will enable you to be mentally prepared, and one of the reasons why George’s final speech was so powerful and moving was due to its authenticity. Build trust and credibility with your audience, as an authentic public speaker who displays a passion for their subject and compassion for others, will engage and enthuse the listener.

The box office movie, ‘The King’s Speech’ ends with Colin Firth’s rendition of the wartime address, highlighting that public speaking, and even executive presence, could be taught. George was not a natural leader, and yet, his story is hailed as a success.

I serve people and organisations focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire to develop their own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery.

Global Conference & TEDx Speaker on Executive Presence – Inspiring Trust & Compassion To Achieve ROI – Delivery Experience 25+ Years | Best-Selling Author®

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Apr 16, 2020

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Apr 9, 2020

SHOWING THE SIZZLE IN YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS


“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.” – Will Smith from the movie After Earth

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My story begins well before I came across Susan Jeffers totally amazing book Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway®. I wish I had come across the book in my teens or even in my twenties. Till date, I am extremely grateful to this book and would recommend anyone at any age to read it. It is an easy to read no-nonsense, to the point and profound practical book which assists you to pass through your fears. And that includes your fear of presenting or as many would like to call it public speaking.

Engaging with others in a meeting, presenting in front of an audience or simply conversing amongst friends could be frightfully fearful for many. In my world, I define all these scenarios as public speaking or presenting.

There are some out there who are pros in this amazing art of public speaking. Indeed they deliver their talk exceedingly well but then there are those who consider themselves to be terrible, horrible and find any excuse to get out of it.

You could perform amazing, mediocre or just plain awful in delivering a talk. In all cases, it leaves an impression about you in the way others may perceive you. Many people who are facing a public speaking situation let anxiety, restlessness and fear over takes all their senses. For such people, public speaking is simply nerve wracking and a painful experience.

Through my lifetime I have been known to be an introvert by many. My friends and family members are surprised how do I manage to speak in front of hundreds and hundreds of people. When they and many others who interact with me see me on the stage feel the fun, passion and compassion in my delivery. Most of my friends and loved ones get an overwhelming feeling when they need to do presentations. After so many years, they are unable to grasp how an introvert like me manages to perform so well in such stressful situations.

Here is a secret that no one is aware of apart from the people I have been coaching in the beautiful art of public speaking. You too need to know I too had a great fear of speaking in public and even now before I deliver a talk the fear kicks in. The thing through the years I have learnt to manage the fear, transforming it into an energy that helps me outperform myself.

Turn back the clock and let go to 1995. This was my last year in university and I I had to deliver a presentation on a one-year project, the talk went horribly wrong. I embarrassed myself in front of my lectures and my classmates. I had just about scraped through to a pass for my presentation session. The whole event took me into a direction of being behind closed doors as a career. I went into IT. Strangely enough in all my IT roles, I would train people in using systems on a one to one basis.

Enters Craig Chapman into my professional life and the whole career game goes into a different direction. The man nurtures my natural talent of connecting with people into the realm of public speaking and presenting. With the guidance of Craig somehow I manage to overcome and manage my fear into an energy that regularly allows me to outperform myself and the added advantage to know how to better myself leading to polish and tweaking my delivery style.

In fact, I would like to say what Craig taught me was the SIZZLE in my public speaking skills. In other words:

  • Support – recognise, identify and connect with those people who will inspire you to be better than you already are. They will take the time out to hone into brushing your skills to the next level. For me, it has been Craig Chapman, Stuart Beaumont, Dave Winpenny, Jon Underwood and Ben Fawcett.
  • Involve – always get your listeners involved with your talk. Being from a technical background it was enlightening to know how in a technical talk a story makes a big difference. Stories, questions, humour, metaphors, silence are some of the things that involve your listener
  • Zing – Without energy, enthusiasm, or liveliness you will be unable to connect with your listeners. You have to be vibrant and have a buzz in your talk. Ensure you induce quality a character that excites your listeners.
  • Zang – it simply means excellence. Your aim is not perfection but excellence. Every time you deliver never be in the zone of try but simply do your best. Doing your best with all that you know leads you to excellence
  • Listen – learn to listen to your listener actively, empathically and compassionately. Apart from listening to the questions of your listeners this means listening to the non-verbal communication that they display through their body language
  • Evoke – stories, questions, humour, metaphors, silence apart from involving the listeners further lead them to recall, feel and conjure scenarios or memories that they can effortlessly relate to the talk.

I have taken the same approach with tweaks and bends while coaching an 11-year student, university student, university lecturer, business owners and thousands of corporate workers from junior to c suite level.

Note this is just the beginning of your journey.

I serve people and organisations focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire develop their own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery.

Global Conference & TEDx Speaker on Executive Presence – Inspiring Trust & Compassion To Achieve ROI – Delivery Experience 25+ Years | Best-Selling Author®

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Rohit Bassi

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Apr 9, 2020

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Apr 2, 2020

ROI IN THE AGE OF OBSESSION WITH DIGITAL DISRUPTION


When I was 23 years of age I met an amazing wise persona, he was my father in law (a man of great executive presence). He was not very tech savvy. Businesses were still getting use to the idea of computers. Fax and pagers were the in things. Technologies such as the mail, internet, chat were around but not very popular.

Yes, there were mobile phones and texting was the craze. Smartphones as we know them now were no where to be seen. My father in law somehow or the other managed technology to the best of his abilities. He was an individual who saw any technology advancement as an opportunity and never a disruption.

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We are constantly living in the age of disruption. Many people have an obsession especially with digital disruption that is is totally misguided. For some reason, we are consumed by disruption rather than compassion. Disruption removes us from compassion thus failure is seen as a nasty enemy of life.

Compassion in self-leadership or leadership takes us from disruption to transformation. Without self-compassion and compassion for others, we will always see failure as a great disruption to our life.

In the caring and encouraging words of the great philosopher Lao Tzu: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Never resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Disruption is a time for transformation. We must realise that ROI goes beyond financial gains, it is about the development and practical application of intelligence, communicationand emotional wisdom. An act simply know as executive presence that leaders and individuals need to excel in.

It is worth mentioning that with the dawn of the industrial revolution, computer age numerous people lost their jobs but at the same time new types of jobs were created. Any kind of technological advancement transforms the world. A similar scenario is bound to happen with the growth of robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and much more. For example number of tasks that are being carried out by doctors soon computers and robots will be able to perform all by themselves.

With executive presence in play the fear of job loss in an age of obsession with digital disruption could easily be resolved. People have been told many myths and lies about executive presence. In fact, some think it is some kind of mysterious superpower only graced upon few chosen one. From my father in law’s perspective executive presence was required by everyone, not just leaders. His word for it was JIGRA or as some would say brave heart, resilience, grit. To be specific JIGRA would mean:

  • Journey of self leadership then leading others
  • Inner self discovery leading to developing your outer self
  • Gratitude in all situations, no matter how tough
  • Respect and integrate both emotions and logic
  • Awakening The A.C.E – Awareness. Consciousness. Energy

And this means the harmonious integration of:

  • Intelligence
  • Communication
  • Emotional Wisdom

In general, the projected loss of jobs is somewhat inevitable – an aspect that calls for leaders’ executive presence. Perhaps humans will one day develop a form of AI which will be able to understand their emotions. Maybe, in the end, Stephen Hawking’s sentiments will prove to be true.

Until it happens, leaders equipped with executive presence will have to train and nurture individuals to acquire emotional intelligence and help them to tap into their emotional wisdom in order to remain relevant.

With the focus on executive presence it means to have a “leap of faith”, that knowing to have the ability of bending reality. Thus achieving ROI.

I help people and organisations focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire to develop their own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery.

Global Conference & TEDx Speaker on Executive Presence – Offering Trust & Compassion To Achieve ROI – Delivery Experience 25+ Years | Best-Selling Author®

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Rohit Bassi

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Apr 2, 2020

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Mar 26, 2020

STEPHEN HAWKING: LEADERSHIP WARNING ABOUT AI!


Like most transformational technologies, the blooming growth of artificial intelligence (AI) is exciting. We can already appreciate what AI is doing for us in our present society. Currently, hospitals are using AI-based applications to understand medical data without direct input from medical practitioners. Furthermore, in some Japanese hotels, robots are performing various human functions, such as serving guests. These are just some of the applications of AI.

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The late Professor Stephen Hawking claimed that the growth of AI could lead to the extinction of human beings’ functions. Even though other scientists were less fervent about AI’s projections, Hawking argued that the basic forms of AI created to this point have proved to be very valuable. Thus, the future for AI is promising, with unlimited possibilities.

The unlimited potential of Artificial Intelligence

Presently, the ability of automated systems to gather and analyse data is unsurpassable. Human beings are often prejudiced, and limited. For instance, medical practitioners will never be able to keep up with every new periodical in their field. Instead, they always rely on a limited amount of personal experience. From a contracted set of practices, they establish their insights, expectations, and preferences. As a result, they become prejudiced. On the other hand, computers can read and analyse many periodicals, of a particular subject, within a small amount of time.

The only thing that separates us from machines is emotional intelligence (EI) and more importantly emotional wisdom. There are things that computers cannot do; for instance, dealing with customers’ anger or frustrations. Various researchers claim that the rise of AI makes EI more relevant in the present society. AI is expected to fill many roles that once required traditional intelligence. Consequently, human beings will have to adopt specific skills – in this case, EI skills and amplify their emotional wisdom – to stay relevant. This is when executive presence becomes important.

What should leaders do?

It is worth mentioning that with the dawn of the ‘computer age,’ some people lost their jobs. A similar scenario is bound to happen with the growth of AI. Soon, computers and robots will be able to perform all the tasks carried out by doctors, among other workers. In general, the projected loss of jobs is somewhat inevitable – an aspect that calls for leaders’ executive presence.

In broad terms, executive presence can partly be defined as the ability to inspire confidence – showing your subordinates that you are the leader they want to follow. The executive presence of leaders, in this regard, should help boost the morale and inspire the confidence of their employees despite the looming threat.

To steer their entities in the right direction, leaders need to have compelling visions and articulate them well. This includes having well-conceived notions of what they are working to accomplish, which entails teaching EI skills and tapping into ones emotional wisdom such as empathy and persuasion, among others.

Secondly, they can build their communication skills. Individuals with great executive presence are known to be good communicators. Generally, the only way individuals can remain relevant in their occupations is by focusing on skills and capabilities that AI struggles to copy – interacting with and understanding people. An automated machine can diagnose disease and even recommend a treatment plan, but it requires a doctor to connect with the patient and help determine the ideal treatment plan.

Perhaps humans will one day develop a form of AI which will be able to understand their emotions. Maybe, in the end, Hawking’s sentiments will prove to be true. Until it happens, leaders equipped with executive presence will have to train and nurture individuals to acquire emotional intelligence and help them to tap into their emotional wisdom in order to remain relevant.

Source http://theconversation.com/stephen-hawking-warned-about-the-perils-of-artificial-intelligence-yet-aigave-him-a-voice-93416

As a TEDx and Global Professional Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.


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Rohit Bassi

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Mar 26, 2020

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Mar 19, 2020

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE IS ONLY FOR SENIOR LEADERS


Unfortunately, across the globe many have a delusion and say that executive presence is for seniors, executives or leaders. The truth, it is a strength that is needed at all levels (cleaner to the CEO). A strength that could allow anyone to advance in his or her career, business and life.

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Learning everything after making mistakes in the world of public speaking is going to be the reason behind your slow progress or no progress at all. Luckily, all of us are capable of learning from others’ mistakes and experiences. So, leverage this capability to become what you want in the shortest time possible.

In fact from a young age we need to teach our children to lead themselves in any given situation. Such an example is my colleague from my mid 20s. Ken Eder stood out in four simple (but very profound) things about executive presence. Both of us are from different backgrounds, experiences and cultures. From the moment we met there was mutual respect, rapport and trust between both of us.

The four things that stood out about his executive presence was listening with attention, critical thinking by integrating the brain, heart and mind, then there was speaking with confidence and finally it was about amplifying ones emotional intelligence. It does not matter if you labelled yourself as an introvert or an extrovert. Both labels have the ability to ooze executive presence.

Yes it is required for seniors, executives or leaders but it is a strength that is needed at all levels. Children, teenagers, women, men, parents, everyone requires executive presence.

As a Global Conference Speaker with decades of experience, I can help you to focus upon the most important leadership attributes, and inspire you to develop your own unique formula for success mastery. Connect with me or book me to be inspired by developing an executive presence that leads to your own unique formula of success mastery, www.roitalks.com – roi@roitalks.com.

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Rohit Bassi

Founder

Mar 19, 2020

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