Last week, I had the distinct honor of presenting to a community bank in Oklahoma for their officers and personal bankers. A bank with over 108 years of history had invited me in to deliver a motivational speech about change- a topic they have placed an emphasis on for the past several months. Over the past few months, multiple trainers and consultants have delivered their material to many of the same people. This time, however, something was different. There was a CONNECTION.
By being introduced as a nationally known consultant with a 14+ year career in banking and financial services, my audience decided before I had spoken a word that I was “one of them”.
Throughout the presentation, I was able to share real stories of overcoming tradition, change, and unexpected challenges to find success. I connected with some of the very pain their organization is experiencing today, and left with them some very specific NEXT STEPS they could put into action by the end of that day to set them on a course to success!
Think back to a time when you were in an audience and felt as though YOU truly connected with a presenter. Or, more powerfully, think of a time when you presented to an audience/your team/organization with which you sensed a noticeable, positive, connected energy. What was it that made it so magical?
When I teach on leadership, I often say the two most important ingredients for achieving success are DESIRE and KNOW-HOW. Following the feedback of last week’s presentation, however, I believe there is one more: INSPIRATION.
EXERCISE: This week, write down the names of three people who inspire you. Next, write down as many descriptive terms about those people, being specific to focus on their observable actions and behaviors you admire most. Finally, consider how you can begin to make changes to your own actions and behaviors others see when they observe you.
By taking on the above challenge, the leader within you will begin to emerge in an entirely new way.
Cooksey’s Challenge: Reach out to the people you listed in the exercise above and share with them what you admire most.