Increase your impact: New practical research

Hello and welcome to our fortnightly update of all the latest articles on leadership and high-performance teams.

In this newsletter I’ve collected a range of articles focused on practical ways to increase your impact. There’s a range of easy-to-apply insights on speaking with more authority, better conference networking, and a surprising way to write more engaging presentations.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback – what is the most practical insight you took away from this edition?

Kind regards,
Gillian Fox

Vocal delivery: For better presentations, take command of your voice
Regardless of the presentation, your voice plays a key role in keeping the audience engaged. This is a great introduction to the four most important vocal skills. (SmartBlogs)

What to do with all the business cards from your last conference
Alexandra Samuel presents her strategy to transform conference connections to an ongoing business relationship. A good example of how powerful the right social media tools can be in professional networking.  (HBR)

For better presentations, start with a villain
For a more compelling presentation, Greg Stone recommends focusing on its three main actors: the villain, the victim, and the hero. The article includes plenty of practical examples across a variety of industries. (HBR)

Three military-tested techniques for improving your team’s decision-making
The U.S. Navy empowers individuals at all levels to make important decisions – including the wrong ones. (FastCompany)

The secret to sustaining high job performance
Every company is looking to get more done with less people – commonly leading to longer hours. In this NYTimes piece, Tony Schwartz explores why these longer hours aren’t translating to more output. (NY Times)

What high-potential young managers want
This research is the first to deeply examine the workplace behaviour of Generation-Y as leaders. The findings reveal very different attitudes toward leadership, organisational loyalty and job search. (MIT Sloan Review)

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