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  • "The Way of the Shepherd" by Kevin Leman and Bill Pentak.
    • Here are the seven principles:
       1 - Know the conditions of your flock
      • Follow the status of your people as well as the status of the work.
      • Get to know your flock, one sheep at a time.
      • Engage your people on a regular basis.
      • Keep your eyes and ears open, question, and follow through.
       2 - Discover the shape of your sheep
      • Your choice of sheep can make flock management easier or harder.
      • Start with healthy sheep, or you'll inherit someone else's problems.
      • Know the shape of your sheep to make sure they're in the right fold.
       3 - Help your sheep identify with you
      • Build trust with your followers by modeling authenticity, integrity, and compassion.
      • Set high standards of performance
      • Relentlessly communicate your values and sense of mission.
      • Define the cause for your people and tell them where they fit in.
      • Remember that great leadership isn't just professional; it's personal.
       4 - Make your pasture a safe place
      • Keep your people well informed.
      • Infuse every position with importance.
      • Cull chronic instigators from the flock.
      • Regularly rotate the sheep to fresh pastures.
      • Reassure the sheep by staying visible.
      • Don't give problems time to fester.
       5 - The staff of direction
      • Know where you're going, get out in front, and keep your flock on the move.
      • When directing, use persuasion rather than coercion.
      • Give your people freedom of movement, but make sure they know where the fence line is. Don't confuse boundaries with bridles!
      • When your people get in trouble, go and get them out.
      • Remind your people that failure isn't fatal.
       6 - The rod of correction
      • Protect: Stand in the gap and fight for your sheep.
      • Correct: Approach discipline as a teaching opportunity.
      • Inspect: Regularly inquire about your people's progress.
       7 - The heart of the shepherd
      • Great leadership is a lifestyle, not a technique.
      • Every day you have to decide who's going to pay for your leadership ~ you or your people.
      • Most of all, have a heart for your sheep.

  • These are great words of wisdom for ANY presentation, be it in your classroom, at a conference, or even during a webinar. 
    • TED Commandments:

      1. Dream big.
          Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
      3. Show the real you.
          Share your passions, your dreams, and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
      5. Make the complex plain.
          Don't try to dazzle intellectually or speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.
      7. Connect with people's emotions.
          Make us laugh! Make us cry! Make your audience feel something.
      9. Don't flaunt your ego.
          You shouldn't boast. It's the surest way to switch everyone off.
      11. No selling from the stage.
          Unless specifically asked to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don't even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.
      13. Feel free to comment on other speakers' talks.
          It's OK to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
      15. Don't read.
          Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
      17. End on time.
          Doing otherwise is stealing time from the people that follow you.
      19. Rehearse.
          Practice your talk in front of a trusted friend.  Concentrate on timing, clarity, and impact.

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  • iSpeech lets you upload files of various formats such as PDF, Word, RTF, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, TXT and HTML files.

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