Are we listening to our leaders?


As we come to the end of the conference season for the major political parties in the UK, how many of us in the business community have actually listened to the leaders’ speeches and been inspired – or even thought about who we might support at the next election?

Judging by my recent conversations with clients, not that many. Is it apathy, ambivalence or just a lack of time? If you want to see and hear for yourself, watch this clip. As you know, Black Isle’s approach to coaching great communication skills is all about building authenticity and helping leaders have a relaxed conversation with their audience. So watch a little bit of each speaker and let me know who you think is the most authentic – and whether they achieve this “conversational style”.

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