Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weapons of mass stress destruction

Smart Company has just published a feature I have written on mindful ways to beat stress.
Ch-ch-check it out READ MORE Yes I did speak to Matt Preston's trainer (how could I resist?) but wait there's more. The piece explores ways really busy CEOs deal with incessant stress and how the latest research is informing how to keep the pressure under control. Now if only I could practice what I preach.

Here are my top 10 tips. Follow the link for more deets.

Secret weapons against stress

  1. Be a realistic optimist
  2. Have a clear sense of purpose
  3. Find order in chaos
  4. Think long term
  5. Remember the woolly mammoth
  6. Understand there are simple strategies to avoid ‘choking’ under pressure – like humming
  7. Identify what you can and cannot control
  8. Exercise and diet are fundamental
  9. Know your stress limits
  10. And there’s always the boxed set or …

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

A smart way to conquer a fear of public speaking

I've been researching a story for Smart Company and have been introduced to a very interesting guy called Justin Menkes who has written a book called Better Under Pressure about dealing with the realities of constant work stress. He wrote an interesting blog for HBR on How Stress Can Boost Your Performance. I have to excerpt this great little nugget of information that relates to the benefits of getting over your fears by working with small, supportive audiences. (This is exactly what my media training is about.)

Menkes says: "One simple exercise involves memorising something, be it a poem or the 50 states, and then reciting it before friends at a dinner party, while encouraging them to taunt you if you make mistakes. At first, you are more likely to have missteps in this context. Eventually, you will find that you can do the exercise faster, with more accuracy, in front of an audience than when you do it by yourself. Toastmasters uses the same concept, teaching people to do something they often fear — public speaking — by first exposing them repeatedly to speaking in a small, supportive environment before putting them in front of larger and larger groups."

So this is the way to improve performance and accuracy, get over that fear of making the mistakes, make the most of a small, supportive group (in my case me, my cameraman and hopefully another member of my client's senior staff) and nail that big speech, TV appearance, presentation or interview. In so many sessions I run, there is chiding, laughing and arrrrghghgh moments, but they never last. We just get on with the job of getting you ready for the main event.

Monday, May 2, 2011

More proof of the value of sticking to your messages

A clever contact of mine Bill Lang posted this very interesting article today about the value of sticking to core messages. It seems there is nothing wrong with being a bit of a broken record when it comes to critical messages.
From Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Series

It's Not Nagging: Why Persistent, Redundant Communication Works

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Emily Ross Bespoke Current Projects:

* Major publications audit for healthcare organisation
* Media training/collateral and strategy for new brand/iPhone app
* New website for design firm
* Research on unconscious bias
* Research on extreme stress in CEO roles
* Drink 1000 cups of JING tea

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Have you ever read through a big presentation and found yourself searching for the information that you really need? Sometimes really important things can get lost/buried in mountains of marketing collateral. I am working with several clients at the moment to get out of this kerfuffle, identify the really important messages about their businesses and cut out all the other crap! Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes.