communication

Great strategy execution starts with strategy communication: 6 ideas to communicate your strategy in 2 minutes or less

November 9, 2017

Strategy: the word has a powerful ring to it. However, having a strategy is not enough. You also need to make sure that your organisation knows it, lives it and breathes it. Here, many companies still have a long way to go. A great way to start is to make sure that you are able to communicate […]

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5 strategies for successful collaboration in global organisations

February 3, 2017

Companies and organizations have become increasingly complex and globally dispersed. Multiple locations, business units and functions have to work together. There are a number of advantages for global cooperation and collaboration across these boundaries: Customers, alliance partners, etc. also cooperate across boundaries: If one does not understand the connections here, one is quickly left behind. […]

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Speak like a leader – Full day advanced seminar, March 28th, Brussels

January 17, 2017

Do you have to to lead and convince others? Do you want to take your leadership skills to the next level? Then this advanced seminar is for you.   The Session  Presentations and speeches are very important moments for any leader. During presentations we can convey our message to our audiences. In this engaging masterclass seminar Lars Sudmann […]

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Speech Recommendation: The art of asking

February 18, 2016

 Have you ever wondered what the story of street performers is? The individuals standing for hours without moving, covered in gold or silver, or dressed in white?   Amanda Palmer was one of them (“the eight-foot bride”). A successful musician now she said that she learned the basics of the interaction between the crowd and […]

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Ideas, Coffee and Innovation

January 18, 2016

In this interesting TED talk by Steven Johnson it is mentioned that the coffee house was the key for the innovation explosion in the 18th Century. In coffee houses ideas could be discussed, shared and meet new ideas. My personal feeling is that this has changed a bit. We have a multitude of coffee houses, […]

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Leadership Language: Sesame Street or Philosopher style?

November 4, 2015

Do you recognise this scenario: You are listening to somebody and you understand everything immediately and you are totally convinced. You might have come across what I would call a “King style” communicator. At other times, you are listening to a manager and what he or she says sounds like a string of never ending […]

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Miscommunication Bingo

September 18, 2015

Do you often attend meetings? Are some of them bad? I guessed so. Here is my idea for you: When you attend a meeting, try to assess the following bad communication patters and play “Miscommunication Bingo”. Here are the “eight villains” of great meeting communication and team performance. Do you recognize some of them? So, […]

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“Speak like a leader” – Full Day Masterclass in Brussels on February 26th, 2015

December 19, 2014

Do you have to to lead and convince others? Do you want to take your leadership skills to the next level? Then this advanced Masterclass is for you. The Session  Presentations and speeches are very important moments for any leader. During presentations we can convey our message to our audiences. In this engaging masterclass seminar Lars Sudmann will […]

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Analyze your meetings: Three strategies for more impact

August 25, 2014

One of the key tasks of a leader is to participate in meetings. Here you have to convince not only by presentations but also through careful interaction and discussions with the other participants. Here are three strategies on how to convince in meetings and have more impact. 1) Words that count: say „Yeah“ more often […]

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The toothpaste principle of communication

July 31, 2014

    A 2010 study by the American Management Association has shown that communication is one of the 4 foundational management skills of the 21st century (the others being critical thinking, collaboration and creativity). We need communication more than ever to coordinate a multitude of projects and navigate our complex world. However communication was actually the […]

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Are you a good liar? Take this 5 second test

January 30, 2014

Here a nice short video by Richard Wiseman, psychologist and author of 59 seconds. And, are you a good liar :-)?

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Overcoming Stage Fright

January 28, 2014

Stage fright is a common problem for most humans before they have to communicate in front of others. Watch this short 9′ TED talk on how one person overcame his stage fright: And here a TED-Ed video that explores the topic further:

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A little-used question that saves time and leads to more engaged employees

July 2, 2013

I have seen the following scenario quite often, both as a manager and as well as a management consultant: Employee: “I don’t know what I should do.” Boss: “Ah, a pity. Ok, here is what you should do…” This is often accompanied by a sigh and thinking that the employee cannot solve things on his […]

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Hard skills, soft skills…

November 9, 2012

Should leaders focus on hard or soft skills? Interesting piece from @Inc on the interaction between the two.  

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No more boring business presentations

November 6, 2012

My article on ‘No more boring business presentations’ in the International Toastmasters magazine can now be read online for free via this link. Go to pages 14-17 to read about tools and strategies to truly engage your listeners.

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The magic preparation tip to be prepared for any presentation challenge

August 31, 2012

Have you ever been interviewed or had a Q&A session after a conference speech? I vividly remember the scene after one of my first professional speeches on leadership and life balance. The speech went well, but then came the Q&A. “Lars, what is in your view the best company when it comes to Life Balance?” […]

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