ESADE Executive Education Session: What is your leadership model?

ESADE Executive Education Session: What is your leadership model?

Encounter of former students of PMD in ESADE on Leadership Models and Team Motivation, presented by Raúl Castellón, with a spectacular performance by Norbert Monfort in a session with a fresh, dynamic and interactive format using the cinema as common thread, which unquestionably was an absolutely enriching experience. An interesting dissertation on the leadership styles of Boomers and Millennials, and the relationships between them. The essential role of values, and a great reflection over the importance of people. I´d like to point out that the section concerning the concept of Gamification was of the utmost interest. I wholeheartedly congratulate all the ESADE team.   Barcelona, June 6, 2019  

Opening of new offices of GRUPO ALAVA in Barcelona, May 2019

Opening of new offices of GRUPO ALAVA in Barcelona, May 2019

Master Class of Advanced Communication Techniques in the opening week of new offices of Grupo ALAVA in Barcelona. The speech was entitled “Change your Mind”, to provide a different approach to the issue of communication. We conducted a deep review to the relative importance of Contents and Staging, and provided a 360-degree-approach to the global issue of communication, particularly useful for presentations and communication between areas. Approaching more in detail, with no contents obviously there is no show, but 80% of the exercise lies in the concept of Staging, which is valid for absolutely everything, regardless of the kind of event and audience. What turned out to be particularly interesting and relevant during the speech was the section dedicated to

A Classic: Going Blank

A Classic: Going Blank

When we speak in public, depending on the circumstances, there is always the possibility to go blank. However, unlike we may think, this does not have to do with being experts or beginners, but with being human. The important thing in these cases, as it also occurs with Stage Fright, is to manage the situation, and what I mean by that, is simply to know just how to get out of it.

The Importance of Feedback in Communication

The Importance of Feedback in Communication

If, for instance, we search for the meaning of ‘feedback’ in Google, we will obtain more than three million results. Therefore, with this article I am briefly addressing to your reflection on this wonderful tool and, if possible, to get deeper into it, if I manage to catch your attention after reading these lines. The feedback, in few words, is the information – needless to say, extremely valuable -, about an action or behavior, which has the distinctive feature of being a key part in the development and fulfilling of both personal and organizational excellence, in multitude of disciplines. Focusing on the issue of communication, and specifically when doing public speaking, I shall distinguish between two situations: The first one,

Tenth anniversary of Jesús Serra Foundation Trophy

Tenth anniversary of Jesús Serra Foundation Trophy

The Jesús Serra Foundation Trophy is an event unique in its category, which links the world of sports with educational training, through the practice of skiig. The competition takes place in Baqueira Beret, and it includes highly demanding events as “Parallel” and “Giant”. Besides that, students gain access to scholarships and are offered different prizes by the Foundation. Jesús Serra, president and founder of Grupo Catalana Occidente was an enthusiast of sports, being a sportsman himself, as well as the promoter of many business initiatives. He was even designated as an Honor Member of IESE, despite being the only one who was not a teacher.

The Importance of Communication

The Importance of Communication

The primary objective of communicating in the first place is to convey a message, and the big challenge in communication is to do so effectively. This in itself can seem blatantly obvious and over-simplistic, but what happens on many occasions is that, either the desire transmission does not occur, or it does not occur effectively. This gains increasing importance and relevance when, for example, you have to present that project you have been working on for three years and you only have ten minutes to convince the client, investor or sponsor that the idea is not only good but worth considering. Sometimes the opposite occurs. You might have an absolutely extraordinary and novel idea, and you need funds to make

Suddenly going blank – ways to solve it

Suddenly going blank – ways to solve it

First of all, it is important to accept the fact that, while undesirable, this is an absolutely normal occurrence that can happen to anyone at all, from beginners to true experts. Given that it is normal, we must consider it from a positive, ‘the glass is always half-full’ standpoint, and never a negative one. It has happened, and that’s it. All we need to do is to move on as if nothing happened. And I am talking from experience. Most times, we will get the chance to come back to that comment we missed and to refer back to the topic, but if not, it happened, and that’s it! You should have no trouble getting back on track using your

Should I use notes?

Should I use notes?

Like everything in life, nothing is black and white. There are times when bringing notes is absolutely necessary, other times when they are highly recommended and others where they are totally forbidden. In the event there is no, or very little supporting graphic material available for the speech, notes are essential, especially if it is of medium duration or there is extensive data, important messages to transmit, or quotes for which it makes no sense to have to make the effort to remember word for word. Similarly, even if there is plenty of graphic and audio-visual material available, if the event lasts for a long time, notes are then clearly necessary. For cases in which the graphic material on the

Five points to remember before speaking in public

Five points to remember before speaking in public

Effective communication is achieved with a good presentation, good moderation or good exposure depending on the type of event in question, and -I always emphasize this especially- regardless of audience and size. There are five essential points that I recommend taking into account before any public performance. The first is the importance of staging versus the content. I regularly observe a tendency, especially in more technical subjects, to focus on the content, when this only represents one fifth of the exercise. Mastering the staging is key, and fundamental to achieving a successful presentation. The second point is something I consider extremely important: body language. We are so transparent that our way of acting says everything about us. The third point