19 Things to Keep in Mind Before Speaking in Public

Knowing how to deliver a great speech is an essential skill for a leader. Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Barack Obama… We remember them for how they spoke in public.

But what we see is the result of years of practice. They weren’t born “public speakers”. They spoke to a few friends, then to a larger audience, and progressively to the world—spreading their stories step by step.

Here’s a helpful checklist to keep in mind before and when you speak in public:

How to Set the Right Goals for Your Next Project

As a project leader, if I had the ability to do only one thing, it would be setting a goal.

Goal setting is the process by which you define a clear result for your project. It’s a way to guide your team and track how they progress.

You know that a goal has to be SMART—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

But the three most critical elements of any goal are:

  1. Setting up a deadline,
  2. Communicating clarity, and
  3. Encouraging commitment.

Signature As Incentive? How to Boost Employee Engagement


When the result of their effort is anonymous, it’s always someone else’s fault.

If something goes wrong, it will be the boss’s problem. Anonymity is not engaging…

But the minute they can put their name on it, they become in charge. They switch from just participating to being engaged and excited.

There’s pride in adding your name on the result of a project. Your work is publicly recognised. It produces ownership.

Artists sign their work.

The signature is part of the job. It’s the evidence that they created something new and approved the result, the art.

How to Keep Track of Your Team’s Motivation—by a Busy Leader

Clearing Session: A Leadership Technique

As a leader, you must agree:

Constantly making sure that your team remains engaged and motivated is a real challenge, especially since we’re all so busy.

Here’s a simple solution to know how they feel:

Organise a Clearing Session with your team.

How to Run Your Next Clearing Sessions

At the end of every week, meet with your team and ask these two questions:

  1. What is not working for you?
  2. What is working for you?

One person at a time answers the first question. And when everyone is done—you included—the team starts answering the second question.

Do You Know the Real Difference Between Strategy and Tactic?

Making the right career choice or business decision is difficult.

It might even get quite overwhelming.


You consider your alternatives, reconsider them, doubt a lot…

And most of the time, you end up making a short-term decision rather than having clarity on where you’re going.

There’s a way to change that:

Make a clear distinction between strategy and tactics.

It appears that what we often need is a better strategy, but what we’re looking for are tactics. We want a shortcut because we’re not keen on making difficult decisions.

Scenario Building, Contingency Planning, & The Industries of The Future

My boss says he somehow always gets into the worst, most unimaginable scenarios, so: “We not only have Plan A and Plan B, but up through Plan E.”

Today we’re featuring The Industries of the Futurescenario building, and contingency planning.

A Business Book or a Crystal Ball?

BoostCompanies May Book Feature

Here’s Guerric’s second contribution to Above the Trend. The book he selected for you is about looking above the trend:

“Business books are about theory. This one is about the future.

Recent innovations – robotics, genomics, cyber attacks, big data – are making the future unfairly distributed and hard to predict.

What Losing Weight and Building Muscle Tell Us about How We Think?

A question has been stuck in my mind for a while:

There’s a massive gap between what we hope and what really happens. [1]

This diet, this intensive training… Why are they so difficult to follow?

Let’s find out:

Want to lose weight?

Losing weight is easy. Really easy.

You don’t believe me?

Here’s a simple plan. You just need to remember these three things:

1. Eat less. Consume fewer calories.

On average, less than 2,000 kcal/day should be your target. If you don’t want to count, just stop eating while you’re still hungry.

Stop Fooling Yourself: Above The Trend 2.2


I’m glad one of our readers at University College London prompted Guerric to edit The Little Things. Check out what he added! The debate his original post stirred raises these thoughts for today’s ATT post:

1. You’ll never be happy comparing your success to others’ or measuring yours by someone else’s standard. Comparison is the thief of joy.

2. “Success is a journey, not a destination” (Arthur Ashe) – achievements of a life of integrity, in the workplace, at home, everywhere.

3. Ask the right questions; don’t fool yourself with endless excuses and false senses of responsibility. Unprioritized responsibilities amounts to irresponsibility.

Above The Trend Celebrates Its First Milestone

Thanks to you, with our premier 7 issues, the BoostCompanies Above The Trend newsletter went from 0 to meeting our first milestone of 562 readers all over the world. We grew with you as critical thinkers, non-lazy market researchers, and more. In this post you’ll find my top 3 favorite quotes from the past 4 months.


Repetition is the mother of learning

Milestones – Chris LeCompte:

“Milestones should follow a linear path of progression. What this means is that by completing one milestone, you should be able to complete the next one. Making milestones that are toward the end of the project dependent on ones at the beginning will have you inefficiently going back and forth. Once one milestone is done, it should be 100% finished and the next one should then be 100% doable.”

Megatrends: The World Will Go On Without You

You now need to mix commercial analysis, design, and experimentation to make your idea real, remarkable, and profitable. 

Drawn to Guerric’s quote above from his brainstorming article, training for my new position at Alcimed further inspired me to write about megatrends.


One Alcimed Project Manager described megatrends as influential things that will occur in a large scale throughout the world independent of your vision, your issues, your company: things that would still happen even if you didn’t exist. An example from the past is electrification, and an example from today and the future is digitization and automation.