Justin Wharmby, our regular photographer, has captured a ‘moment’ that defines what The Boardroom Network means to me: strong relationships nurtured by regular connection – leading to a culture of ‘know-like-trust’ upon a foundation of really good humour. Of course, Anthony Marshall and Sam Dyer (above) are known for their wonderful smiles, but they are certainly not alone. Is there a “Boardroom Smile”? I think so!
A Definitive Meeting
Our January Solent meeting was one rich in definitions leading to recommendations that really rock.
What do I mean? Daniel Piddington, of College Chambers, defined the characteristics of a good Barrister and legal practice. Using the letter ‘C’ as the firm foundation for his presentation, he reflected back to us the thought that what was good for a professional legal practice was good for any other profession and, indeed, professional.
Hugh Vivian, of RockSALT Training, gave us further thoughts on building a firm foundation – with clear, concise recommendations on how to make more of the one-minute-presentation opportunities that are a cornerstone of The Boardroom Network’s best practice.
I closed with an easy call to action to keep our business vision for 2019 up front and central – putting the writing on the wall.
The ‘C’s that Define Professional Practice
You can watch Daniel’s presentation in toto below to benefit from the full depth of insights. I will, however, broadcast the key words here that define professional practice.
and, of course,
College! (As in College Chambers!)
A Useful Coaching Question: How Specifically…?
To move your business development forward, a great question is, “How specifically is my business becoming more….” and you can insert Daniel’s list of ‘C’ words. For example, “How specifically is my business becoming more conscientious.” Sometime the personification of this question makes more sense, as in, for example, “How specifically am I becoming calmer?”
The Potency of the One-Minute-Presentation
Hugh Vivian knows his onions! As a professional presentation-skills presenter and communication coach, Hugh was an ideal choice to share some fresh insights and reminders into how to make the most of our round-table presentations. As with Daniel, you can watch Hugh’s full presentation below.
I will share his key points:
- Prepare – even 5 minutes in the car will get your brain on-board as a friend
- Focus on them rather than your own facts and features – what are the benefits to the recipient of your words?
If we don’t prepare, the brain tries to help by saying too much, too indistinctly. In addition, if we focus on benefits, not facts, the audience realises that you realise it’s all about them!
The Writing’s On the Wall
Using a physical demonstration of the power of the imagination to boost performance, my single point was:
Putting your plan on the wall keeps it in sight, in mind (rather than out of sight, out of mind.)
It’s a low-effort, high-return on your investment, giving your unconscious mind the inspiration it needs to keep finding ways to fulfil your vision for 2019.
The above image uses art from one of my favourite companies: GapingVoid Culture Design Group. It’s clear, concise messaging that sticks in the mind (and engages an emotional commitment). With artists and graphic designers as important members of The Boardroom Network and Elite Business Women Clubs, there’s plenty of scope for you to use your wall-space to good purpose.
Schools have used living wall-space very effectively to help their students ace exams. How? By putting up Mind Maps all around the room that will eventually be used for the exams. Over the period before the exams, the knowledge ‘grows’ on the walls organically until there is a complete big picture overview of each subject. At exam time – when it came to the test, observers told how they watched the students look up to where the maps had been – and that was enough to recall some of the key information triggers. Inspiration is easy when you know where to stick it! (And that, of course, is why supermarkets put the key items at eye-level in key locations. It just works!)
Top Tips: Make the wall a ‘Living Wall’ by adding fresh content at least every three weeks. This keeps the wall ‘alive’ in our awareness. Otherwise, we tend to tune-out to peripheral visuals if they remain static and unchanging. Also make time for conscious review.
In conclusion then, it was another great meeting with a great group of professionals who genuinely have a good time doing business!
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