Authentic Speaking Executive Leaders Workshop

The next Authentic Speaking® Executive Leaders Workshop has been scheduled for March 10-11, 2014 in Perth. This is a two-day event for senior leaders and those interacting with senior leaders – to help you develop powerful communication and public speaking skills in the board room, with peers, staff and on the public stage. Enrolment is limited to just 8 people, so each individual has a great amount of time to develop his or her skills and have individual attention to communication needs, challenges and opportunities in a confidential and high-powered environment.

You receive individual coaching and attention while working on real presentations, plans and challenges that you face you in your position. Discuss strategies, tactics and develop your skills with feedback and input from peers. Stretch your thinking and communication skills, while developing your own authentic voice and presence.

We already have two seats earmarked, so enrol now to garner a spot. I like to reward early takers, so early bird rates are available until December 10.

You can find out more about the workshop and enrol at the http://www.authenticspeaking.com.au/viewStory/Executive+Leaders+Speaking+Workshop, or visit the Lamplighter website through the ‘Workshops’ Tab above. Testimonials from previous participants are included at the Authentic Speaking site.

If you are interested in holding in-house workshops for your organisation and team (which I’ve been told has been one of the best team-building experiences organisations have had), or in your city, get in touch with me.

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ICMI Showcase

I had the pleasure of speaking last week at ICMI Speaker Bureau’s (West Australia) Annual Speaker Showcase. I spoke alongside a number of colleagues who are all professional speakers and keynote presenters, including people such as Peter Rowsthorne (a well known Australian comedian and MC), Patrick Hollingworth (Mt. Everest climber, enviromental advisor and speaker on Risk Management), young and vibrant motorcycle entrepreneur Brad Smith (owner of braaap motorbikes), and Theo Venter (one of the few people in the world known to have survived a 22,000 volt, 1200 amp, electrical discharge). It was great company to be amongst, so I’m honoured that I shared the floor with them.

I’ll share some more about their inspiring stories in later posts, because they are all instructive and highly valuable, although I don’t want to steal their thunder.

Tom O'TooleBut first let me tell you a little about the first speaker of the day, Tom O’Toole. Tom built a small-town bakery into one of Australia’s most successful independent bakery chains: The Beechworth Bakery. He went from $100,000 per annum turnover when he bought the original store in Beechworth, Victoria, to now $15 million in turnover amongst their six stores in the Eastern States of Australia. He also says he’s functionally illiterate (he has reading problems). What’s more, Tom has built a successful career motivating and educating small business owners and others in achieving business success. You can buy his motivational products through the Beechworth Bakery website. But, as he says, “I’m no guru, no expert, just a baker” who just happens to have built “one of the highest earning single bakery retailers in Australian history”.

Tom is an almost manic presenter and well worth hearing from and getting to know. Two of the obvious keys to his success are that he is wildly passionate about providing great tasting food to his customers. The other is that he is equally passionate about his people. And he doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to people. Unusually for a baker, he invests a great deal of time and money in training, motivating and developing his people. As he said, “They are the ones serving the customers.” He commented that they had to be enjoying their work and putting in their utmost to create great experiences for his customers. And he has done this despite poor beginnings, literacy problems and no MBA.

The Beechworth Bakery website has a great write-up of their work philosophy at http://www.beechworthbakery.com/Pages/Jobs.aspx . But let me tell you that having met Tom and seen him speak (including the many photos of evidence) regarding his people, it’s obvious that their web page isn’t just a PR spiel – it’s an honest reflection and a commitment.

You can find out more about Tom at the ICMI website, http://www.icmi.com.au/tom-otoole

Interestingly, a contact of mine recently told me that the privately owned mining company she works for, that is making billions of dollars, had cut back on all their training and people investment and thus she couldn’t get one development workshop paid for. This because the boss was cutting back due to “uncertainty”. People there may be making money, but their work culture is restrictive and stressful.

Tom (who has this successful medium sized business, whose people adore working for him, are co-owners of his company, are having fun, love their work, create great product and are providing profits to all those involved) doesn’t cut back despite the fact that he’s making a profit. He keeps on investing in his people. I know which company I’d rather work for.

Now, if a baker with reading problems can find willing, talented people, develop them and let them go so that they create oustanding results, have an infectious work culture, produce good food and serve their community, why can’t everyone else?

Check Tom out. Book him if you can.

Comments from ‘Your Gifts as a Leader’ Workshop

Here are just a few more of the comments from our recent “Your Gifts as a Leader” workshop:

“It has been a really wonderful experience. [It] helped create an awareness of leadership and the effect that it can and has had on other people.

A very personal and honest reflection. Thank you for a truly worthwhile experience: one that will certainly stay with me.” – Kellie

“Thank you Peter: A great morning spent reflecting on leadership and how it affects who we are and how we manage. You have helped me understand the broader meaning of leadership and how to become a better leader.” – Michele

“A great opportunity to reflect on personal experiences and gifts. Particularly valued the ‘activating incidents’ perspective for reflecting on deriving meaning, and the personal stories about leadership in the family/personal context.” – Nick

“I was pleasantly surprised in that I found the morning very informative and fun to be part of. Peter has a great way of getting the information out of everybody, and presenting it to the group … definitely worth getting up to!” – Dave

“The workshop with Peter has highlighted other sources I can use as inspiration in developing my leadership skills … This has helped me solidify my understanding of how to identify my gifts and talents and given me a path for determining which to hone and enhance. Thanks Peter!!” – Gry

“A very worthwhile workshop.” – Steve

“I have found today very insightful.” – Mark

“Peter McLean’s Lamplighter workshop was both useful and insightful. I have been to many leadership workshops before which I found lofty or impractical. Peter was warm, honest and his workshop helped me gain insight on what drives me as a leader, as well as how to use my gifts, talents and skills to further myself towards the goals I have set. Peter was an engaging and motivating speaker. I can now walk away knowing my own leadership point of view. Thank you.” – Mieke

“The Lamplighter leadership program was both insightful and empowering. Peter brilliantly delivered a…program that captivated the audience and he provided you with incredible tools for success in leadership. Thank you Peter” – Calvin

The “Gifted Leadership Resort Experience” will be held in mid 2012. Visit here for details. Scroll down the page to read the workshop description.