Topics Day 2
This unit is divided into 2 topics:
- Speaking with Conviction
- Becoming a good communicator
Learning Outcomes Week 2
When you have completed this unit, you should be able to:
- Reflect on how to speak with conviction
- Learn how to motivate through Listening
- Commit to becoming a good communicator
1) Read Speaking as a Leader, Humphries (2012) Chapters 5 – 7
2) https://vimeo.com/171584745 Leader Script – Judith Humphrey.
Video Clips to watch:
Steve Jobs Stanford Speech:
Topic 1: Speaking with Conviction
Relying on theatrics is not the goal of an Authentic Leader. When I first became a Realtor, I was told to wear bright red lipstick because it helps keep the attention of others. This is not true! Only effective communication is what keeps others engaged. Humphries (2012) said it correctly, “The job of a leader is to inspire people and to energize them into action” (p. 42). Passion is the first key to speaking with conviction (Humphries, 2012). Passion will make believers out of your listeners (Humphries, 2012).
Leigh Brown, an author, trainer coach, and Realtor, is one of my favorite speakers. Why? Because she delivers her ideas, language, and arguments, with passion. Her authenticity inspires me, and to be frank, everyone around her! Moreover, authenticity promotes credibility. Leigh is never afraid to speak about difficult topics. It often takes considerable courage to speak with conviction and Leigh does this gracefully. I admire her frankness and honesty in her presentations. Humphries (2012) exhorts us to “Speak with conviction, and you are well on your way to becoming a strong, credible leader” (p. 48).
Looking at another great speaker from the past:
In the book of Exodus, we learn that Moses described himself as “slow to speak and slow of tongue. He was concerned that when he appeared before Pharaoh he wouldn’t be able to make his case effectively.
Yes, Moses had a speech impediment but he didn’t let that stop him. Through practicing the craft of speaking and leaning on his brother Aaron as a coach, Moses was able to succeed in the arena of persuasion with Pharoah.
Exodus 4:10 says: “But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” (New English Version)
How many times have you tried to speak only to feel tongue-tied? It happens to all of us!
In this course, you will be asked to record your speeches via video. It will be nerve-wracking for some, but don’t fret this is good practice for real-life speaking adventures.
Learning Activity 2:1
If you can, for fun in your spare time, watch the movie The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston. Watch how he persuaded Pharoah (the King) to let the people go. The movie was made in 1956 and is a classic!
Learning Activity 2:2 Looking at a great speaker from recent days:
Steve Jobs, Apple and Pixar’s creator, in his Stanford speech, tells students to “Follow your heart and trust that it knows where it is going” (Steve Jobs).
Are you following your heart for your future? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Where will you be living? Will you be married with a family? What job will you be doing? These are great questions to reflect on.
You are now invited to view Steve Jobs’s famous Stanford speech and then on the Forum write a short paragraph to let us know what inspired you during his speech. Was he engaging? Did he make you think? Was he funny? Did he inspire the students? How?
Here is the link:
Remember to reply to at least two of your class friends Forum Posts. Due Saturday, May 10, 2021
Note: If you are unable to retrieve the Steve Jobs video you may choose another famous speech from someone in history. Then on the Forum write a short paragraph to let us know what inspired you during his speech. Was he engaging and how? Did he make you think and how? Was he funny, give examples? Did he inspire the students and how?
(Remember to include a link to this person’s speech).
Topic 2: Becoming a Great Communicator.
We have learned that the most effective leaders communicate with conviction (Humphries, 2012, p. 41). This is done by believing in what you are saying in your message (Humphries, 2012). Conviction must come from the core of oneself. Showing conviction means a leader must have passion, authenticity, courage, and honesty (Humphries, 2012). Passion helps the audience identify with what you are saying and makes believers out of them.
In the Real Estate business, it is important to let clients know how I feel about certain issues. I am then able to ethically persuade them to my mindset. Authenticity allows me to show how credibility. I often open up to buyers and be vulnerable to them. One example of this is: When taking a buyer out to properties, I explain that even with my GPS, I will almost always turn in a different direction from what the GPS is telling me. Being my authentic self seems to put my buyers at ease.
Delivering a tough message to a client is not an easy task. It takes great communication skills. A young couple, who had missed a few payments of their mortgage, called for advice on what they could do. The realization that the bank may foreclose on them was a shock. To avoid foreclosure, I advised that they would need to get their property on the market immediately. A message like that is always tough delivering. However, an authentic leader helps the audience to identify with what you are saying and makes believers out of them.
Learning Activities Activity 2.3: “Speaking as a Leader”
Focusing on Chapter 6 of Speaking as a Leader answer the following homework questions (there are 8 questions with short answers, #1 is done for your as an example).
Use the Homework DropBox provided.
1. What does listening do for leaders?
Example of short Answer: Humphreys stated, “Listening gives leaders access to powerful ideas” (p.49).
Now Answer these questions:
- What are the challenges of listening?
- What are the 3 levels of active listening?
- What sort of commitment does it take to write a great speech?
- Why should you practice a speech?
- Who should you practice your speech to?
- How does commitment lead to success?
Watch the Introduction Video to Leaderscript: https://vimeo.com/171584745 (Retrieved from Judith Humphrey Group)
8. From the short video: What does Humphreys say a “Message is” and why is it important?
Homework this week is due by Saturday, May 10, 2021:
- Forum Homework – what inspired you on the Steve Jobs Speech. Use DropBox.
- Homework Questions (8 questions and 8 short answers) Use DropBox.
- Field Report Assignment you should have picked the two names already and make sure your appointments are set up for the two interviews.
- Write a short Reflection Paper Day 2 – remember this will be handed in later. (What was something new that you learned? What was not clear (muddy)?
Humphrey, J. (2012). Speaking as a leader how to lead every time you speak — from boardrooms to meeting rooms, from town halls to phone calls. Mississauga, Ontario: John Wiley & Sons Canada.
Jobs address video