Grow the leadership presence and influence of your female leaders in the next 6 months
Support your female leaders to feel more confident in presentations, media, meetings and difficult situations.
In the last 3 years, C-Suite Leaders have been under more pressure than ever. With the constant changes in how people work, including working from home, keeping people engaged at work means building trust and connection with them. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, at any one time, 70% of people are disengaged at work.
Combined with the overwhelm of information and misinformation, business leaders have the constant challenge of redirecting the narrative. For community leaders and politicians, trust has eroded since 2020. In fact, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer, in some countries, CEO credibility and trust is at an all-time low, including Japan (18 per cent) and France (22 per cent), making the challenge for CEO leaders even more acute as they try to address today’s problems.
As a result, teams, organisations and communities are looking for leaders to lead the way. With around 75% of people having “glossophobia”, a fear of public speaking, one of the biggest challenges for those leaders is to have the confidence to do this publicly and communicate with excellence.
In Roman society slaves were not seen or heard. They moved between the corridors between the walls of places like the Colosseum and did not walk into any of the rooms. They fed the fires and were deliberately hiding. They were not asked to speak and had no eye contact or gestures. If they were prompted to interact their engagement was muffled, complicated and indistinct.
In today’s world they would be complaining that, “I never get asked to present.” They miss out on opportunities and believe that their work should speaks for itself. After all, “Why should I get up and speak?”
Plebians needed few skills. The plebeian might have worked a fruit shop or provided goods. As a communicator they were part of a chorus. A chorus was a group of participants in the audience who provided ‘acclamations’. They responded to the speaker with claps, hums or short phrases. They had no individual voice. His gestures were more limited than the the Senator, his voice needed less volume and his eyes may have been out of control.
In today’s world plebeians are those in the audience. They would love to have the opportunity to speak but just haven’t learnt the skills.
Equestrians were bankers, miners, exporters and people who built roads. They were very similar to aristocrats or nobles. They had control of the government and the majority of power in Rome. They could ride horses, because they needed them for transport, it meant that they had more height and therefore visibility and more status.
However as plebeians were often fighting them, they were often trying to influence downwards as well as to those who had greater authority. They struggled to get their message to feed up to the Senator and Emperor as they were being fought from below. They were middle management.
The Senator had jurisdiction over religious, judicial, tax, war, peace, military, foreign policy. They controlled all areas, of public life. They made their message really clear, and listened to their audience. The Senators was today’s executives team.
They didn’t have ultimate power or the power that they would have liked. They were always having to battle with the patricians and it was a constant struggle and they sought political equality. They might have the title, but they didn’t have the presence and charisma of the Emperor.
Emperors had total authority. They gestured boldly with congruent and well understood gestures that became part of his set of patterns. He engaged with the audience and gave them direct eye contact. His presentation was structured and clear, moving the audience with pathos and showing immense knowledge.
The emperor’s voice carried and was strong. He knew how to reach his people and had total authority. He had strong self-belief and people listened. They felt mastery and as a result gained trust. They focused on keeping the right senators around them to continue to create influence and lead with conviction.
Body: Whilst most think the voice drives what we say, it’s actually our body that has the greatest influence, first and foremost. Our body is driven by our emotions which are driven by our thinking. Once the body is clear on its job, the rest becomes easier!
Voice: Our voice’s range, tone, pitch and volume can tell an audience so many things that can either enforce or deplete a message. Identifying the right voice for your communication can completely change the audience’s perspective of you and your message.
Structure: Whilst it might look like the best speakers wing it, they actually don’t. They have a process and plan that serves them no matter whether they have seconds, minutes, hours, days or years to prepare for their presentation. The more structured they have, the more confidence they exude.
In this 6 month leadership program, Dr Mahler offers theory and interaction-based around winning the hearts and minds of those around you with the following outcomes:
This retreat provides an outstanding executive development opportunity tailored for an intimate group who wishes to experience transformational growth. Numbers are strictly limited to allow for individual attention.
A rare breed as one of the world’s leading keynote speakers, Dr. Louise Mahler has been voted in the top experts in both Body Language and Communication globally. Highly qualified with multiple degrees and masters, Louise has a PhD in Business, focusing on Leadership Communication, and in 2023 was awarded the title of Adjunct Professor.
Obsessed with creating exceptional human connection, Louise helps leaders and teams to elevate their body language, voice and divulges the algorithms of engagement in highstakes engagement.
While her tools and techniques are useful, practical and highly relevant, she is best known on-stage and in the media for her in-themoment, deeply insightful analysis and hilarious impersonations of world leaders. Her skills in translating and articulating how leaders communicate creates a powerful world-class, incredibly engaging and interactive experience that delegates often say is “life-changing”.
Louise is a highly sought-after media figure and commentator. From analysing politicians during the federal election such as Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese to the royals such as Prince Harry and Meghan, her recent analysis of the Johnny Depp and Amber Herd trial attracted over 2 million views on YouTube, She is regularly interviewed on Sunrise, The Today Show, SBS, the ABC, and radio stations across Australia.
Louise also makes regular appearances on highly ranked prime-time TV with Hughesy We Have a Problem. Quoted in USA and British media, she is a weekly contributor to digital and print news throughout Australia. She recorded 36 videos for the Australian Financial Review and was chosen by IBM as a key creative source worldwide. She is the host of her own podcast POP: Perspectives on Performance featuring stories, tools and techniques of all performing arts and
their applicability to leadership.