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Leaders can always be BETTER Communicators and should be the BEST

hoavbThis past weekend, I was brought in for the Heart of America Volleyball Region meeting.  This was a meeting designed around discussing the latest rules changes and new policies coming down from the national association.  As you might expect, that could be a very long meeting.  I promise you, the first portion of the meeting had passion and energy as we did a full room breakout regarding the model of human behavior to discover the strengths and weaknesses to improve leadership and communication.  While it wasn’t a long session, all the attendees actively participated to fully understand how they could be more effective.

Inspire Everyone, Especially Our Youth

I am grateful for every opportunity I have to connect with young people and provide them a vision for the potential in their life.  Everyone comes from a different background and their experiences mold who they are.  Sometimes it can be that person who doesn’t know their ever move that comes in and can help them capture the “who I can be” vs. “who I am”.  We held series of events to impact the education and family community of Rankin County School District in MS.  They are dedicated to offering programming to support the needs of their students, staff and families.

This first pic is after we spoke to a local group of high school students.

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As we talked about Family Engagement, a strong team from the community attended the lunch session.

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My son, Hunter, joined me to present “Diagnosis to Graduation” which is our family’s story about Hunter’s life on the Autism Spectrum.

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It’s Okay to Look Back, just Don’t Live in It

I was decluttering over the weekend and found a newspaper clipping from 5 years ago. This is from the first leadership conference I was able to participate in as both a keynote/workshop and with multiple speakers in one day.  It was one of those “I remember it like yesterday” moments because of the unique format of the workshops.  For each breakout session, only two speakers were offered to the attendees.  Prior to the breakout time and after a keynote, those two presenters were required to go on stage and “sell” their workshop to the audience so they can make an informed decision.  To a natural “upfront personality type” ,  I ate it up.  So did the other guy with me who happened to also be named Scott.  We co-branded our promotion time as “Whichever you choose, you won’t go wrong with Scott.”

On the other hand, I remember during our promotion rehearsal time that some of the other speakers were very nervous about this opportunity to sell themselves.  It reminds me how some people want a piece of paper to tell their story and are not prepared for the interview.  I constantly remind myself to think like a business owner when I with people.  Not that I constantly selling a product or service, but how I present myself is very important to build trust and confidence in a relationship.  While enjoyed that moment in the bright lights, I realize I can’t live it everyday, but I can learn from it.

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Experience It to Remember It

As an individual who has sat through conferences and workshops, I always enjoyed having the opportunity to get up and physically move so that I was an active member in the presentation. I make my audiences aware of this by sharing the following:   You remember 10% of what your Hear, 15% of what you Read and 80% of what you Experience.  Oftentimes when you are part of a team building exercise they use experiences to show cause and effect.  I have been and learned from some of the best.  (Mike Hall with Strong Fathers Strong Families and Dr. Robert Rohm with Personality Insights whom I am a consultant)  It is the heart of how I teach and train.  What did you experience today that you will never forget?

Are you scared to ask for Feedback from your audience?

Feedback is very important for each of us to receive to make sure we are fulfilling the goals we set out to accomplish or to confirm we are meeting the needs of our customers. We need to make sure we are receiving both the constructive and positive comments to consistently improve the message we are delivering.

My son, Hunter, and I spoke for our local NWA Autism Support group to share on the challenges/successes of Hunter’s life:  “From Diagnosis to Graduation”.  Since this was our first time to give this presentation, immediate feedback is good.  1. We have to get our tech running smoothly.  I hate when that happens!  2.  Dad, that’s me, needs to make sure his son has more time to share. (Translated: Dad stop talking.)  3.  The content was on the mark.

Here are a couple of specific emails we received from attendees.

“Awesome, inspirational and convicting!  I need to be tougher and do MUCH less for our son.  I left with hope and motivation to make some changes.   Most importantly, Hunter is an amazing testimony on overcoming challenges of autism and rising to show his gift of speaking and sharing.  He is just a sweet kid.  Plus, wow, amazing eye contact as he talked to our son.   He put a huge smile on his face.     Just a great example of awesome loving parents and their commitment to not settle.   Love it!  Off my soap box now.   Thank you for offering this. “ – Melanie

“I THOUGHT IT WAS FANTASTIC..ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS THAT ARE JUST BEGINNING THEIR JOURNEY WITH A CHILD WITH AUTISM…THEY HAVE PLOWED A LOT OF GROUND THAT WILL HELP ANYBODY GOING FORWARD… I THOUGHT IT WAS BOTH INFORMATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL!!!” -Pat

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Make sure your Local Market knows about YOU!

Famous Joke:  What’s the difference between a sales rep and a consultant?  A consultant travels for a couple of hours and carries a briefcase.

Because most of my presentations are out-of-state and with large organizations, I often feel like I am neglecting my opportunities to speak in my own backyard.  I thought I would do a little local advertising/marketing to smaller employers with our social media group nwaonline.com  and their promo NWA Deal Piggy.  Checkout my ad.

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Development: the act or process of developing; growth; progress

So often, I am one of a few professional presenters when I am brought in to a conference or convention. (Professional = someone who gets paid)  Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of a slate of presenters at an association’s convention.  Not only did this association provide quality information to train and develop their attendees, it gave us as speakers the ability to learn and observe our peers.

It is rare that we have the opportunity listen to other speakers.  When you are the training/consulting company, the road can be lonely at times.  You fly in fly out within 24 hours.  The destination may have been luxurious, but all you see is the inside of your hotel room the first night, the podium and sound booth in the morning and you present later that day.  Most likely you are catching a flight out that night to your next destination.

Take advantage of learning something new by listening to the audio recordings from this conference on the Soar with Eagles site.

Breakout Sessions

Keynotes

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Your presentation was what everyone was raving about every chance they could!

Julie Martinez, Texas Citizen Corps Manager, Annual Texas Unites Conference

“I had seen you speak at another conference and personally asked to get you to our conference. I wanted my attendees to experience firsthand what a true professional presenter was about. You sir, have set the bar way high for future conferences.

I only wish I could have personally stayed in the room to see what all the hoopla was about. I kid you not, attendees took every opportunity to tell me about how your session was by far the best they had been to at any conference. I would definitely love to have you come to every conference and wow them all the same.”

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Even a C, D, and F student can INSPIRE Education Administrators

Anna Hunt, Executive Director for the Mississippi Association of School Administrators (Annual Spring Conference)

“Scott, thank you for your time and energy to present our lunchtime keynote.  Your message to our administrative leadership of “Family and Education Is the Cure” was on target with our vision to meet our goals in education.  Keep getting the message out about the value of family in student’s lives.”

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Tell a story with Pictures (and a few words)

Thank you to the International Association of Administrative Professionals for allowing me to present their “after lunch” keynote. A special thanks also to Soar With Eagles meeting planners for supporting the overall planning of the conference.  I think you will feel the fun during this video of still photos.

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