Small actions can have big impacts

A gradually spreading effect or influence
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end.”
– Scott Adams
A ripple effect in our lives can be gradually spreading, sometimes with unintended consequences. When you throw a pebble into a pond, the first thing you normally see is the splash and then the circles or ripples from where the pebble hit the water. Pretty benign so far. But your thrown pebble might have other effects—it could scare off a nearby duck or frighten a group of fish. Perhaps some children were feeding the duck and now you’ve ruined their fun. You might have spoiled the luck of a fisherman standing on the opposite bank.
By throwing the pebble, you’ve caused change. This is the ripple effect. Each action we take or choice we make in life causes a ripple effect.
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Positive or negative ripples
ID-10046847We all have choices—about the actions we take, how we treat people and how we react to events in our lives. Are we choosing to make positive or negative ripples in the world around us?
One story that stick outs for me about the ripple effect is about a man named Manny, who I heard about at a conference I held several years ago. On day 2 of the conference, one of the participants talked about Manny and how he looked forward to seeing him every day because he felt good after spending time with him. He tried to be in his office every day between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. when Manny would come by to collect the garbage so he could interact with him. Many other people at the conference, who worked at the same office, had a similar experience with Manny—they described him as joyful, warm, generous, friend, warm, caring and curious.
Manny is an example of someone who creates a positive ripple effect. The way he interacted with others  and the way he chose to live brought joy to many people. His behaviour changed their lives.
What impact are you having?
When you look at the actions you’re taking in your business, what do you see? As a leader, you have a great deal of influence. Are the ripples you’re sending out through your actions and interactions creating positive or negative change for you, your business and the people you work with?
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Presentation and Speaking Skills for Leaders

For business leaders, the ability to speak and present ideas effectively is crucial for success. As a leader, your role is to persuade others and to create change. Moving others to fully buy-in to the ideas and changes you are proposing takes skill, and being able to present your message in a way that creates lasting change, will make your job easier.
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Most of us are uncomfortable with public speaking and would rather face a root canal. Even if you have developed some level of skill, here are some tips for being more comfortable, and for presenting your ideas in a way that will engage your audience.
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  1. Knowing your audience is crucial to a successful presentation. You know what you want and need, but are you clear on the needs and wants of your audience?  Before you begin to develop your presentation or speech, do your research—it will pay off.
  2. Be conversational in your delivery—by practicing your material and knowing it inside and out, you don’t have to worry about missing points and you can relax. A conversational tone will appeal more to your audience. Practice, practice, practice.
  3. Tell a true story about yourself that relates to your material. People want to know who you are, not how much you know. By telling an authentic story about your life and yes, even about some failures you have experienced, you will come across as genuine and likeable.
  4. Don’t rush through your talk and don’t stand in one place with your arms at your side. Use energy and silence to deliver your message. Move around and use your hands. Stop and take a few seconds before moving onto the next point.

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910, American author and humorist)
For most people, becoming a skilled speaker and presenter takes time and practice. It’s an essential skill for success and using these tips will help to make you a more effective leader.