by Stephanie Bickel
You are energized by a leadership and communication skills training that you just attended. As you leave, you can't wait to incorporate what you learned. You know effective leadership communication paired with enhanced interpersonal skills will help you excel in your role and can even get you promoted.
What can you do to transfer those skills to your day-to-day interpersonal skills?
How can you sustain the impact of the learnings?
Look to incorporate these 8 strategies to increase your impact and influence on your most important audiences:
Plan who will have the first and last word of team meetings. This is a great way for emerging leaders to practice strong starts and closes.
Have your leader purposefully come late to a team meeting, and you practice kicking off seamlessly. When the leader comes, you direct one of the team members to summarize what has been covered. This shows your leadership quality.
Practice directing conversation, asking people direct questions, and driving the agenda in meetings.
Ask your leader if you can attend a senior meeting together. When it comes time to discussing your leader’s area, see if you could speak instead.
Ask if you could attend the more senior meeting without your leader at some point. In these meetings, remember the importance of active listening.
Teach the Speak by Design tools and approaches to your team members or even family members.
Look for opportunities to network. Ask your leader for introductions to the people they are close to. Leaders enjoy being relationship makers.
Assign practice partners with a commitment that every month you meet your partner to practice an exercise we did together or rehearse upcoming messages together.
If you haven't been given access to professional development options to increase your leadership quality, check out Speak by Design's public courses or contact us to have a training brought to your organization. Speak by Design offers eight signature group trainings that focus on developing your leadership communication and interpersonal skills.
SBD 100 – Personal Presence
SBD 200 – Crisp, Confident, and Credible
SBD 300 – High Impact Meetings
SBD 400 – Presentation Skills
SBD 500 – Articulating a Vision
SBD 600 – Leadership Communication Agility
SBD 700 – Handling Difficult Situations
SBD 800 – Coaching Others to Greatness
If you are looking for private coaching, too, Speak by Design University is a like a gym membership for leadership and communication skills. You get access to private coaching, group coaching calls, group lesson calls, group trainings, and self-paced resources. Here’s what’s included every month:
2 private coaching sessions
8 group sessions with our Founder, Stephanie Bickel
1 signature training
Access to vault of video lessons and workbooks
“Ask a Coach” feature
Ability to schedule additional coaching sessions at a discounted rate
No minimum monthly commitment as long as you let us know by the 15th of the prior month
We also have our comprehensive 4-6 month private leadership communication coaching programs. We will help design a program that is right for you and your communication goals.
Become a speaker who can command any room. Speak by Design University is a one-of-a-kind leadership communication program. It’s the only leadership communication program in the world that gives you access to self-paced learning, group coaching and training and, most importantly, private one-on-one coaching. Learn more and register.