Dr. Henry Cloud was one of the best speakers at this year’s Chick-Fil-A Leadercast because of a few extremely fundamental public speaking tactics:
- Humor – Guy was funny and that loosens everyone up
- Ups and downs – He told you the challenge, then the solution – see Nancy Duarte
- Stories that resonate – Personal, funny and relatable
Those 3 simple keys can make your speech a success.
Dr. Cloud’s topic dealt with necessary endings, also the title of his newest book. Those critical moments in an organizations life-cycle when, although painful, it’s time to tell someone and some initiative goodbye.
The reason he called them necessary endings are two fold:
- They are usually best for the person AND….
- They are usually best for the organization
He equated these scenarios to the upkeep of Rose bushes, and gave 3 concrete examples of necessary endings for the Rose bush so that the flowers (your A players or the organization as a whole) can prosper and bloom:
- Clip the non-prospering roses to let the nutrients get to the flourishing roses. Do this with even the roses that have potential but you know will never quite get there
- Clip the sick and dying roses. Ones that are bringing down the organization and if they stay, could take down the whole bush
- Clip the dead roses. Create a quick and necessary ending with people (roses) that are poison to the organization.
Great advice from a very interesting guy.