In amongst a sea of motivational speakers and coaches, John Ball stands out. A self-proclaimed ‘Edutainer’ and Coach, John helps people to create impact and have influence, in a way that is both ethical and ecological for themselves and their audience. We discuss the positives and negative of the art of persuasion and how it can be used for both good and bad. When it comes to leadership, John is very clear that public speaking and communication skills are a pre-requisite of being a leader, and not a ’soft skill’, as they are so often deemed. “I work with a lot of people who have been in business for years but never received any formal leadership or communication skills training. They are just expected to know it.” We cover a range of topics including female empowerment, the impact of Covid 19, vulnerability, self care and John’s own podcast; Speaking Of Influence. John explains something called ’Spiral Dynamics’; “The idea is that we have to pass through different values levels as part of our personal and societal evolution. You see this being played out in global politics”. John also covers some of the basics of creating impact when presenting over zoom and other online tools, including voice tonality, where to look, and camera angles. Plenty of top tips and learnings in this topical and influential episode.

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