Speaking - High Performing Teams
“QUITE SIMPLY THE MOST INSPIRING SPEECH I’VE HEARD, IT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM DEALING WITH FALIURE, COMMUNICATION, TEAM DYNAMICS, FAMILY, INSPIRATION AND ULTIMATELY VICTORY! EVERYONE LOVED IT AND TOOK MANY LEARNINGS FROM IT. THANKS AGAIN ALEX, I THINK WE’RE ALL BETTER PEOPLE FOR HEARING YOUR STORY.” - CARBON STATEMENT
I’ve had the pleasure of speaking in front of a wide range of audiences in recent weeks for various different organisations on a number of different topics. It’s always nerve wracking heading out before a sea of faces, a small audience appears intimate yet judgemental, a large audience of 500 or more feels anonymous and daunting, but I have to say, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it all.
At the end of last week I was invited to speak at the Carbon Reduction Forum held by Carbon statement.com A fascinating afternoon discussing and sharing insights and knowledge around methods to ensure major business are becoming environmentally aware.
The talk I delivered was about High Performance Teams, how to build them, develop them and perform together consistently year on year. Of course it was only my take from the experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have in my sporting life, but as a retired athlete who never really saw himself as a sportsman, I do believe my views on the aspects involved are applicable and transferable to any other areas of work or life.
A few take aways from the most recent talk:
Step back and take stock of yourself.
Recognise individual weakness and make change.
Discover a true motivation that will prevent problems becoming issues that hamper performance.
Seek insights from others who have done what you’re trying to do.
Communicate openly and honestly.
Prioritise making it easy for those around you to do their jobs well.
Be consistent with all of this. Consistency is the key that unlocks everything.
It was great to share my thoughts and experiences with this audience. I thoroughly enjoy weaving my story of ‘failure’ to ‘success’ around these themes and hopefully taking the audience through an emotional journey as we go. This time, I was told afterwards there were tears, always a good sign!