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Leading Groups & Making Presentations, Part 2

June 2018 Update: My work has focused more on delivery than design, although I mention a few items in this blog.  Recently I finished Tim Pollard’s book, The Compelling Communicator. I’ve not read a better book on presentation design and recommend it highly. I’m also using his online “briefcase” to better design and to store presentations.  Even after thousands of speaking engagements over several decades I’m looking for ways to improve.

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

SDS presentation-creationMaking a Great Presentation

Follow this five step approach to making great presentations.

  • Impress

Impress your audience through your appearance, charm, wit, talent, knowledge, understanding, and use of visual tools, speaking ability or passion. Better yet, try a combination of all these items.  When you create the right image, and make a favorable first impression, you gain some instant credibility with your audience.

  •  Involve

Involving your audience early and often gets them engaged in the presentation.  You can ask them to raise their hands in response to a no-miss question.  Or, make sure you have a good joke that’s well tested to get them laughing.  You can give them handout materials so they move their bodies in the act of receiving.  Remember, the mind follows the body and the body follows the mind.  When you open the audience’s mind or body language in a favorable manner they will continue…

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Leading Groups & Making Presentations, Part 1

People will read all kinds of great things into you if you can perform well in front of groups – intelligence, charisma, professionalism…

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

SDS presentation-creationLeading Groups & Making Presentations

Many things can be gained by learning to communicate in front of groups, including confidence, recognition and respect.  Many positive characteristics will be attributed to you if you can stand in front of a group, talk intelligently about a subject and field questions in an effective manner. The purpose of this three– part article is to help you better lead group meetings, present to various size audiences and make a great presentation.

Managing Command, Credibility & Control Issues in Groups

In order to lead or command, you must be able to communicate with credibility and authority.   You’re most likely to be perceived as credible when your non-verbal, vocal and verbal communication match.   When you send a mixed message, you run the risk of being misunderstood, distrusted and even disliked.  It’s also vital that you be able to maintain control when leading groups. Here are some…

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Navigating & Promoting Change

After achieving results through others and cultivating relationships, leading change has emerged as one of the big three competencies for leaders in this age.

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

SDS presentation-creationNavigating change is one of today’s most complex leadership issues. Like a captain sailing a ship into unknown waters, the leader must consider the costs of changing course, get all hands on deck and move the ship onward.  This process involves awareness, alertness and action, plus the ability to use persuasion to promote change.

Practicing Awareness, Alertness & Action


It’s essential to be aware of shifts occurring in one’s world, industry, community and home.  An aware individual has an understanding of changes taking place globally, nationally or regionally that impact one locally and personally.


As the leader maintains an awareness of change, he or she must also be alert to threats and opportunities that emerge from these larger shifts. From mega trends to micro-trends to tipping points, new problems or possibilities for business development often result from change.


When new possibilities appear on the horizon, the leader…

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Coaching for Results THROUGH Others

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

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The coaching style is a good fit when an organization needs someone who can keep a variety of workers motivated, needs a flexible type of leader or is in a competitive environment.  The key steps of the coaching addressed in this article are conveying expectations, practicing delegation and giving performance feedback.

Conveying Expectations

What is an Expectation? Some words use when defining the word expectation includes:

  • Goal
  • Result
  • Idea

An expectation is a powerful force. With expectations set “just right,” individuals and teams can take aim and reach loftier goals, while gaining valuable experience and developing new skills. When expectations are too high, individuals and groups may falter or experience burnout. Set too low, people can rust out.  Without an expectation, there is no goal, meaningful activity, relevant performance feedback or sense of accomplishment.

Communicating Expectations According to Learning Styles

An important ingredient to consider when conveying expectations to a…

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Refining Your Leadership Philosophy & Style

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

SDS presentation-creationDefining Leadership

Over the past century much research has been conducted on the topic of leadership. These studies have produced many theories and differing views on the subject.  Most definitions contain similar elements; leaders, followers, a hierarchy, some form of influence, and a purpose to be served or goal to be achieved.

Because there is no one definition of leadership, the leader is free to choose the elements he or she favors in order to manage one’s situation and get results through others.  This article will prepare you to state, develop or define your own unique leadership philosophy and style.

Considering Your Leadership Style

Each leader communicates in his or her way, based on a variety of factors, including personality, role models, experience, education, training and the situation.  Each follower also has a unique way of reacting or responding to any given leader.  It’s challenging to get the leadership…

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Recognizing & Relating to 4 Behavioral Styles

Before you open your mouth…read this!

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

SDS presentation-creationTo effectively connect with others it’s helpful to recognize a person’s behavioral style, and then relate to him or her accordingly.  DISC has become one of the most widely used style assessment, profile and training tools in America.  DISC is an acronym that stands for Dominant, Inspiring, Supportive and Cautious styles (Personality Insights, 2003).

This article provides a practical overview of how to recognize and relate to each of these types.   An online DISC assessment, for use in determining your style, or that of followers or employees is available from

Understanding Four Behavioral Styles

Each of the four DISC styles – Dominant, Inspiring, Supportive and Cautious – has its own unique characteristics.  And, while everyone has all of the styles in their makeup, each person possesses these styles in varying degrees.  Much of the terminology in this article is derived from the Discovery Reports from Atlanta based Personality Insights…

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Leadership Character, Communication & Competence

Rich Drinon Leadership Communication

SDS presentation-creationThis article discusses leadership character, communication and competence and provides the reader with an introduction to the Drinon Leadership Express (DLE) series.  The DLE series promotes a practical four-point concept derived from extensive research in the areas of leadership and communication.  This concept builds on four key competencies and provides a framework from which one can more effectively lead others towards desired results.   These four key leadership competencies include:

  • Building Relationships
  • Achieving Results
  • Navigating Change
  • Making Decisions

Examining Character

Despite your ability to achieve results you WILL be judged on character.  The good news is…you can to stay on track by avoiding things that would derail your leadership career.  Here are some traps that have led to more than one recent leadership train wreck.

  • Lying, Cheating or Stealing
  • Substance Abuse or Addiction
  • Disqualification for Rule Infraction
  • Sexual Exploits
  • Weapons Violations
  • Murder or Harming Another
  • Abusive or Deviant Behavior
  • Being Misleading…

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