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What makes a GREAT communicator?

Welcome to The Great Canadian Leadership Podcast community.
Discover great leadership communication insights and tips you can use.



How do leaders use their communication skills to inspire, influence and create trust?

It’s not easy.



What did they do to get better?

You can listen or watch to find out how you can improve your communication skills and take the steps to being a great leader in business.


Hi
I’m your host

Joel Silverstone

When not hosting, I’m the Sr. Professional Skills Facilitator and Coach at The Great Canadian Training Company.

I’m fascinated by communication skills and the effect they have on turning points in interactions. I have seen great leaders struggle with their ability to communicate and others who just made it look so darn easy! Join me as we uncover their successes and failures.

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#36 Top 10 Great Presentation Tips
Joel Silverstone
Are you getting ready to do a presentation soon? You got this - but you would like some more tips and techniques just to feel more confident. In this episode, we’re sharing 12 minutes of our top ten tips to feel ready and confident to not just show up, but to show up as an insightful, engaging and more assured presenter.
This is the final episode of our significant 4 podcasts series on Presentation Skills.
Our host Joel Silverstone will be sharing his experiences as a speaker and presenter to varied audiences globally, from boardrooms to conferences, to the virtual world, as well as coaching hundreds of leaders on their presentation skills.
Joel is the Sr. Professional Skills Facilitator & Coach at The Great Canadian Training and Consulting Company. For over 20 years, Joel has helped leaders and their teams globally feel more confident and impactful with their communication and leadership skills. A former professional actor and improviser, Joel applies those acting skills to being a better presenter.
This episode can help with tips and strategies to make you feel great delivering your next presentation.
Take a few minutes to listen in as our host Joel Silverstone shares ten simple techniques you can use immediately.
Speaking of presentation skills… At Great Canadian Training we are offering our unique GREAT Series: “Become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills”.
• In one day, you will learn powerful skills and tools to connect and engage your audiences by developing and mastering your MS PowerPoint and presentation skills.
• Email info@greatcanadiantraining.ca and mention ‘GREAT’ to get more information about our
GREAT Series and how you can become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills.

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#35 How Great Speakers Overcome Their Fears
Melina Nacos
Do you have a fear, or feel anxious when it comes to public speaking? You’re not alone - we’re all nervous to speak publicly. In this episode we discuss the tips, techniques and mindset you can use to get past those nerves.
This is episode 3, as part of our significant 4 podcasts series on Presentation Skills.
Where do the nerves come from? Or, as our guest Melina Nacos asks, “What makes you tick?”. What behaviours or beliefs have kept you stuck with your doubts about speaking in public?
We certainly didn’t learn presentation skills at school. We were graded but did we get the tips on being better at it? Not really…
We discuss:

  • Nerves are deep rooted; how do you break that habit?
  • Making the uncomfortable feel more natural
  • What are the beliefs holding you back?
  • How to change your script
  • How to be more confident networking in person
  • How are you preparing and why does it matter?

Our Guest Melina Nacos is the founder of Melina Nacos Coaching Inc. working with dedicated, thoughtful people, providing support, inspiration, and the direction you need to become the person you've always wanted to be and develop a legacy of positive change.
For 20 years, Melina has worked with her clients to hone their skills and confidence and empower them to be in service of others for their own success. With a degree from York University and Adult Certification from George Brown College, Melina takes the time to learn each of her clients’ personal traits and build off of them, customizing her service to affect positive changes in defined areas of need.
Speaking of presentation skills… At Great Canadian Training we are offering our unique GREAT Series: “Become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills”.
In one day, you will learn powerful skills and tools to connect and engage your audiences by developing and mastering your MS PowerPoint and Presentation skills.
Email info@greatcanadiantraining.ca and mention ‘GREAT’ to get more information about our GREAT Series and how you can become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills.

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#34 What Makes a Great Presentation?
Christine Irons & Joel Silverstone
Have you been trying to get your presentation from good to great? Wondering (ok, struggling) with the best way to use MS PowerPoint? And present it with a confident and engaging delivery style?
You’re not alone. That’s why we created this episode, the combination of technical and soft skills to guide you in bringing out the best in your presentations.
We’re thrilled to have as our Guest Host Jon Neuhold, Co-Owner of Great Canadian Training, interviewing Senior Software Instructor Christine Irons and Senior Professional Skills Facilitator Joel Silverstone.
There is a gap in people’s technical skills – but technical skills on their own aren’t enough. Each of us also needs the professional skills to match them. In the case of presenting in front of an audience, that means designing a slide presentation that effectively captures and holds the attention of others and knowing how to talk about the slides to match the content.
This is episode 2, as part of our significant 4 podcasts series on feeling more confident, engaging, and prepared with your presentation skills.
We discuss:

  • The How and Why in designing your presentation
  • Key principles in delivering your presentation
  • Debunking fear of public speaking
  • The best ways to use PowerPoint to be impactful
  • How to start strong and why that matters to your audience (and you)

Our Guest Christine Irons is Great Canadian Training’s lead software instructor and courseware designer. Christine worked in Human Resources at York University in Toronto for over 20 years as an instructional designer, trainer, and learning specialist. As a certified master Microsoft instructor, Christine brings an extensive knowledge of Adult Learning Theory to her work, whether it’s designing and delivering live classes or creating e-leaning that truly teaches.
Our Guest Joel Silverstone is the regular host of the Great Canadian Leadership Podcast. When not hosting, Joel is the Senior Professional Skills Trainer & Coach at Great Canadian Training. For over 20 years, he has helped leaders and their teams feel more confident and impactful with their communication and leadership skills in live and virtual sessions, from small businesses and government agencies to Fortune 500 companies in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Joel is also a speaker at HR, Learning, Leadership and Professional Services Conferences across North America.
Presentation skills are not easy, but you can get better. It’s a combination of mindset, intention, and the tools to get from good to great, whether you are presenting at a meeting or to hundreds.
Speaking of presentation skills… At Great Canadian Training we are offering our unique GREAT Series: “Become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills”.
In one day, you will learn powerful skills and tools to connect and engage your audiences by developing and mastering your MS PowerPoint and presentation skills.
Email info@greatcanadiantraining.ca and mention ‘GREAT’ to get more information about our GREAT Series and how you can become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills.

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#33 What Makes a Great Presenter?
Rhonda Scharf
Presentation skills are not easy, but you can get better. It’s a combination of mindset, intention, and the tools to get from good to great, whether you are presenting at a meeting or to hundreds.
This is episode 1, as part of our significant 4 podcasts series on feeling more confident, engaging, and prepared with your Presentation Skills.
This episode, we’re thrilled to have Rhonda Scharf share how someone from a small town - outside a small town - became an in-demand speaker.
We discuss:

  • How do you prepare to present?
  • Where do you start?
  • What to do when you forget
  • Being you…but not too much you
  • It’s not about memorization, the secret is…
  • What is your intention? And why that matters to your audience
  • How do you engage them to action?

Our Guest Rhonda Scharf is an author, speaker, trainer, and earned her Certified Speaking Professional.
Rhonda is a member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame and is one of only 35 speakers worldwide who have earned their Global Speaking Fellow (meaning she truly has an international business) and been awarded the Spirit of CAPS award. She was the first speaker in the entire world to earn all four awards. Her peers consider Rhonda a leader in the speaking industry! Rhonda’s professional speaking career began at age two… when her mother would offer her 25 cents to be quiet for five minutes!
Speaking of presentation skills… At Great Canadian Training we are offering our unique GREAT Series: “Become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills.”
In one day, you will learn powerful skills and tools to connect and engage your audiences by developing and mastering your MS PowerPoint and Presentation skills.
Email info@greatcanadiantraining.ca and mention ‘podcast’ to get more information about our GREAT Series and how you can become a Great Presenter with MS PowerPoint and Presentation Skills.

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#32 Soft Skills and Virtual Reality
Betty Dannewitz
What does the future look like? Will we be using Virtual Reality…And how is this used to reinforce soft skills?
In this episode, we are curious how virtual reality (VR) can connect to our soft skills and be used in training. We discuss the thoughts and skills that we can take from these VR scenarios and put them into real world practice in how we interact with each other in business, and maybe in life.
We talk communication, empathy, giving feedback and …Presentation Skills! Virtual reality has an interesting perspective here, especially with your number of ‘um’s’.
Our Guest Betty Dannewitz is an Immersive Experience Designer with 18+ years in corporate learning and development. She is also a Speaker, Podcaster, and High-Performance Coach. Betty’s passion is to help people become better humans and she advocates that innovative technology, like augmented reality, has a huge role in making that happen. 
Listen in as we explore a possible future and how you can start using some of these communication and leadership abilities in your present world.
Do you have a question or comment for The Great Canadian Leadership Podcast? Send us an email at podcast@greatcanadiantraining.ca
And don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss our upcoming episodes:
• Our Special 4-part series on Presentation Skills to build your confidence, clarity and engagement in person or virtually.

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#31 The 9 Behaviours of Leadership - Part 2
David Kelly CEO The Learning Guild
Are leaders born that way? Probably not! Your business card may say ‘leader’ but that doesn’t mean you are one…yet. What if we took those leadership buzzwords like integrity, visionary, etc. and made them into tangible skills? What if we looked at other behaviours of leadership and made them into skills you could develop and practice?
This is part 2 of the 9 behaviours of leadership – these are traits, sometimes clichés – that we can make into clear skills you can develop. In this episode, we explore the soft skills of leadership, specifically how listening and empathy are core traits to continue developing.
Developing leaders can change. Existing leaders can get better.
David Kelly is the CEO of The Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for over 20 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has previously contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. For more on David, follow him on Twitter.
Listen in as we share how to make leadership behaviours into tangible and intentional skills and why it matters to your communication and leadership abilities.
Do you have a question or comment for The Great Canadian Leadership Podcast? Send us an email at podcast@greatcanadiantraining.ca
And don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss our upcoming episodes:
• Soft Skills and Virtual Reality
• And our 4-part series on Presentation Skills

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