The #1 Strategy for Earning Respect

15th September 2023By Trevor SmithBulletins

It won’t surprise you that trust is often quoted as one of the most essential factors in personal and professional success. But this is only the starting point. There is a much higher level to aim for that will boost your personal and business success: The RESPECTED Professional “How do I achieve that?” I hear … Read More

Is AI the Future or ‘The Terminator’?

3rd July 2023By Trevor SmithBulletins

That was the question recently asked on the BBC’s highly-respected ‘Question Time’ TV program a few weeks ago. The age of AI is upon us! Yet many of us are torn between unbridled optimism and a feeling of dread at the potential doomsday scenario AI could bring. Let’s look at the positives. On one hand, there appear to … Read More

What’s Your Decision Making Style?

8th July 2022By Trevor SmithBulletins

Someone asked me recently “What’s the most important competency of a leader?” I was tempted to say “communication skills” or maybe “resilience” in light of events in recent years. We could debate this for a very long time, but few would disagree that decision making must be up there among the top skills every leader needs. Whatever role … Read More

How to Turn Adversity into Business Opportunities

21st April 2022By Trevor SmithBulletins

Over the years, it’s been a privilege to meet some amazing leaders and to learn from their words of wisdom. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from my personal mentor, Ron Hansell. He asked me to memorise this quote: “Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent advantage” … Read More

What can we learn from gold medal winners?

12th August 2021By Trevor SmithBulletins

It’s been exciting watching the Olympic coverage these last few weeks – just the tonic we needed after the challenges of the last 18 months. But now the games are over, I wonder – what can we learn from the world’s elite athletes and, in particular, the gold medal winners? The question on my mind … Read More

How to Create Psychological Safety for Others

24th June 2021By Trevor SmithBulletins

Have you ever wondered why sometimes people just don’t behave the way you expect them to?! Here are a few examples to illustrate what I mean: You’ve just delivered a rabble-rousing motivational team talk – yet nothing much happens afterwards. You write a stunning proposal for a client who verbally agrees to proceed  – but … Read More

Allow yourself scheduled worry time

25th February 2021By Trevor SmithBulletins

Vaccines may be in short supply, but there is no shortage of things to worry about these days! Whether it’s concern for loved ones, work pressures, money or a host of other issues, worrying is to some extent a natural part of being human. Our brain goes into overdrive while it tries to problem-solve… and … Read More

How to Have a Good Conversation

7th July 2020By Trevor SmithBulletins

How good is your ‘conversational competence’? This might sound like a strange question to ask, but is there any 21st century skill more important than being able to sustain an engaging, coherent and confident conversation? Nothing beats a good face-to-face conversation for making a deep and meaningful connection.  But much of today’s communication is based on being … Read More

Grey Hair Is Back In Fashion

15th May 2020By Trevor SmithBulletins

Based purely on age alone, the chances are that anyone under the age of 32 has not experienced a GENUINE business recession in their working lifetime. For example, just before Hong Kong went into lockdown mode in January I was invited to run a team coaching session for a group of professionals at their regular … Read More