Don’t Be A D*** (Diva)


My next few posts will be gems of wisdom I’ve picked up from a conference I recently attended in Auckland – the Global Speakers Summit. It’s primarily aimed at pro speakers with a strong streak of thought leadership, plus a theme of ‘from leader to legacy’.

Fredrik Haren is a one-man wisdom machine, well-researched and sought-after. Just plucking one observation, his research shows upon what criteria people decide to buy a pro speaker’s services. They’re probably applicable to any role as a lawyer, plumber or scientist but don’t get the attention they deserve in many recruitment processes:

1. Have a great presentation (ie be good at your job);
2. Be easy to work with; and
3. Don’t be a d*** (diva)

The first one goes without saying but numbers 2 and 3 relate to ‘fit’. How well does a person interact with, or add value to, a team without being unproductively negative or disruptive? Yes, we can throw behavioural profiling tools at people and they can be helpful. I’m a fan of immersion – get candidates in for a half day to do real work with a buddy. Both parties get a tangible and visceral sense of fit or discomfort and it’s better for all concerned to know that before anyone commits to anything.

I can always get better at what I do and I think I’m trying. I’m pretty happy with myself being someone who is easy to work with and I’m no diva. JUST MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE ALL THE BLUE M&Ms AND WE’LL BE FINE!!!


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About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on April 24, 2018, in Employee Engagement. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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