Be Honest About Your FailuresBy Dennis McCafferty
Dont Hide Behind PowerPoint
Stories resonate, not slides and numbers without context.
Violate the Assumptions of Your Audience
That's how to create powerful and lasting stories.
Be Honest About Your Failures
Sharing your struggles conveys a sense of humility.
Focus on Whats Happening Around You
Take note when you learn something in an unexpected way.
Probe Your Past
What's the toughest problem you ever solved? What's the best working relationship you ever had?
Don't be bashful about asking your employees for their stories.
Its OK to Borrow
Good stories from magazines, books or the Web can make great examples. Just be sure to give credit where credit is due.
Assemble a Database
Compile and categorize a list of stories so you can search for the appropriate one for a particular occasion.
Make Your Stories Timeless
If they're not dated, you can repurpose them indefinitely.
Use Your Pulpit
Take advantage of staff meetings, inter-departmental events, emails or one-on-one meeting to show leadership.