Oli Barrett is an entrepreneur and speaker who makes valuable connections between people and ideas.
Oli has formalised his talents through his business Connector Unit, where people retain his services to map out networks and brings people and ideas together across sectors and industries.
He previously co-founded Cospa, a Social Innovation Agency and Startup Britain, which supports people to start and grow a company.
He’s also organised 11 trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies to explore business opportunities.
On top of all this, he’s received an MBE for his services to business entrepreneurship and is a regular MC and speaker at international events, hosting them from all over the world.
In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:
- How to turn contacts into connections and build relationships that last
- The best strategies for effective communication in different contexts - The best time management techniques for juggling multiple projects
Whether you’re looking to build better relationships in your professional or personal life, hone your speaking skills or manage your day better, this conversation will help you do all that and much more.
Mariana Marquez and Emma Zangs are two public speaking coaches and choreographers, who teach people to speak better and improve their body language through their company MetaSpeech.
One of the things that gives the most bang for the buck in public speaking is good body language, but it's something people often ignore and fail to improve.
As choreographers and movement directors Mariana and Emma bring a fresh perspective to the world of public speaking and they’ve successfully coached clients securing funding, pitching on TV shows and speaking at conferences.
In this episode we discuss a range of topics including:
- The most common non-verbal communication mistakes and how to avoid them
- How to tap into the mind-body connection
- The importance of thinking with the body and movement in schools
So whether you're looking to improve your body language for an upcoming presentation at work or understand the relationship between your mind and body better, this episode has you covered.
Julian Treasure is a communications expert, acclaimed TED Speaker and the founder of The Sound Agency, a consultancy that helps businesses improve their results by becoming more conscious about their sound.
Studies have shown that we spend 60% of our communication time listening but the average person can only remember 10% of that 3 days later. And every one of us needs to learn how to listen better, especially in a world full of noise.
As an expert on sound and listening Julian is perfectly placed to advise on this and his 5 TED talks on listening, speaking and communication have been viewed an estimated 40 million times, with one in the top 20 of all time.
In this episode we discuss a range of topics including:
- How we can use sound to positively influence our learning and life
- The 5 simple tools that people can apply right now to listen better
- The tips we can learn from great speakers to improve our communication skills
So whether you're looking to improve your listening or speaking skills, or use
sound more consciously in your learning life, this episode has you covered with actionable strategies you can apply right away.
Not everyone can go down as a master orator like Lincoln, King or Churchill, but we can all learn to become better speakers. And in an age where ideas are the main currency, being able to communicate them effectively is a huge advantage.
Plus, we spend 30% of our communication time speaking, whether it’s in a presentation at work or a conversation with a friend – so it’s definitely a skill worth working on.
In this episode, I break down the strategies of some of the greatest speakers, both ancient and modern and how we can apply them in different situations from public speeches to presentations at work.
Plus I answer some of your questions including:
- What are the elements that a good speech should include?
- What are your tips for improving body language and the use of gestures?
- How do you deal with the fear of public speaking and does it ever go away?
So whether you're looking to give better presentations at work, prepare for a TedX talk or just get your point across better in a discussion, this episode is packed full of actionable tools and techniques you can use immediately.
Studies on listening have show that we spend 60% of our communication time listening and that the average person can only remember 10% of that 3 days later.
For a skill that we need to use so often and neglect so heavily, you’d think that listening was pretty useless. But this couldn’t be further from the truth because every one of us needs to learn how to become a better listener.
In this episode, I show you how to become a better listener by offering a series of practical tools and techniques for improving your skills in different situations.
Plus, I answer some of your questions including:
- What are the main blocks to listening and how can you overcome them?
- How do you can digest what you’re hearing without preparing your 'answer'?
- What are the things I should do to listen better on the phone?
So whether you're looking to improve your listening skills to communicate better with your boss at work or to retain more of the podcast episodes you're listening to, this episode has you covered with practical strategies.
While it may be difficult to put your finger on that special something that geniuses like Tolstoy or Shakespeare had, being able to communicate well in writing is a skill that can be learned like any other.
If we deconstruct the art of writing, its three main components are research, storytelling and the organisation of ideas. So if you can develop these skills by putting in consistent deliberate practice, you’re going to become a better writer.
In this episode I show you how to become a better writer by presenting the tools and techniques needed to improve rapidly.
Plus I answer your questions including:
- What tips have you got for getting over writer's block?
- How do you develop your own unique style as a writer?
- What are the principles that everyone should apply to become a better writer?
So whether you're looking to improve your written communication at work, or improve your writing skills for a blog you're starting this episode will give you actionable strategies you can apply straight away.
John-Paul is an entrepreneur and best-selling author with a mission to spread awareness of better communication. A former associate editor at The Financial Times, he has worked with people at the top of government, business and the creative arts, and some of the world's leading companies.
Asking questions is an essential skill that few of us ever learn how to do properly - but it's of vital importance in all areas of our life because asking the right question at the right time can make all the difference.
JP has spent a large portion of his career asking questions as a journalist and has since helped thousands of people improve their communication skills so I reached out to him for chat to discuss these ideas in depth.
In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics including:
- The key to asking insightful questions
- Understanding how to have better conversations
- How to think about and deal with failure
So whether you're looking to ask better questions, deal with making mistakes or just have more great conversations, this episode will give you all that and much more.
Many people assume that great communicators possess an intrinsic talent – they look at the abilities of Martin Luther King, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and assume that it’s a gift that can't be learned or improved.
While I think it may come easier to some people than others, the reality is that almost anyone can become a great communicator with consistent, deliberate practice over a period of time.
In fact it’s pretty shocking that communication skills aren’t taught in the vast majority of schools given how important they are in all areas of life.
In this episode I discuss a range of topics including:
- The basics of public speaking and how to improve regardless of your level
- The techniques you can use to become a better listener
- The tips that will improve the quality of your writing and refine your style
So whether you're looking to become a better listener, speaker or writer, this episode has got you covered with actionable strategies you can apply today.