Last week I had the opportunity to go to Uluru as part of Business Chicks‘ Movers and Breakers conference.
In meeting 80+ people, (well, I didn’t meet that many, but I tried!) there were resources I use in my coaching and group workshops that came up again and again.
Most of the conversations where this came up, we were discussing:
- Self-renewal and emotionally intelligent communication for leaders
- Confidence for public speaking, and for ‘speaking up’ in crucial conversations
- A book on body language for business as a tool for greater understanding and opportunities to communicate better.
One of the many things I love about the work I have the privilege of doing is that it comes from evidence-based research- which means there are a stack of resources I’m delighted to share that are low, or no-cost pathways to increasing confidence, communication and resonant leadership.
Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence is a free online course though Coursera. It runs again in September, but I think you can sign up and watch the videos and read the readings until then. There is a book, Becoming a Resonant Leader connected to this, and the conference inspired me to start working through it with a study-buddy.
This came up a lot when discussion increasing confidence in public speaking situations, or speaking up in meetings. I wrote about top three tips to get off the emotional rollercoaster of stage-fright earlier this year. It’s Amy Cuddy’s research that led me into further reading on an area that informs a lot of my current work, Embodied Cognition, which looks at how what we do with our body impacts on our thoughts and behaviours (try Sian Beilock’s How the Body Know Its Mind for more on this).
Deeper understanding of nonverbal communication for negotiations and conversations in business.
Gone are the days of the 80s where body-language was a party trick. These days, we call them nonverbals, and Ex-FBI specialist, Joe Navarro consults regularly with fortune 500 companies, and watches the nonverbals as part of due diligence. His book, Louder Than Words is directed specifically at the world of work.
Top tip for making learning stick?
In my studies as an educator (the beginning of a masters in education, part of studies in tertiary teaching when I was lecturing at universities) I learned that all the recent data points to this one thing: We learn better, and retain information better when we are in a community of learners.
That’s why I have a study-buddy for the Becoming a Resonant Leader workbook, and why I often initiate a community of practice around things that are important to me (songwriting, bands, meditation). I also know that at some conferences, we can learn things that have the potential to change our world if we let them. We have a much greater opportunity to sustain that change if we are supported by others.
Grab a friend (or few) check out and share the links above. They are low-cost, or even free, and will help you become a better leader and communicator.