Top Posts From 2019 (#6-10)

Top Posts From 2019 (#6-10)

 

As 2019 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on this past year. There are so many things I am grateful for: my family and friends, starting the Shawn Welch Company, and this blog, Your Leadership Coach.

It’s hard to believe that 11 months ago we launched this leadership development blog and since the very first post back in February, I have been blown away at the response. There are so many aspiring leaders who are yearning to grow and take their leadership development to the next level. 

As the sun is setting on 2019 and we will soon ring in the new year, I want to celebrate this inaugural season of Your Leadership Coach by counting down our top 10 posts of the year. 

 

Drum roll please…

  1. Becoming a Better Public Speaker (Part 1)

Public speaking is one of the top 3 fears that Americans have, and I can relate to that fear. I’ve been speaking in public for 20 years and I’m sure I’ve given well over 100 speeches since then. I still get nervous before going on stage, but over the years I have developed some tips and tools that have helped me become a better public speaker. You can watch that video here.

  1. My Word for 2019

Every year I choose one word that serves not as a replacement to my goals, but as a complement to them. This word becomes my theme for the year and provides vision, direction, and focus. Here’s my word for 2019.

  1. Is Everyone a Leader?

Many people ask me if they have what it takes to be a leader. That’s a good question, but the better one to ask is “Can anyone be a leader?” In this training session, I answer that question and discuss why I know you have what it takes to be a leader even though I have never met you. You can watch that video here.

  1. My Top 10 Leadership Books (1-2)

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – President Harry S. Truman. Effective leaders read and they read often. Over the last few years, I have become a more avid reader and I share some of the books that have significantly shaped and influenced my leadership. It’s my hope that these books will aid in your leadership development as they have mine. You can watch that video here.

  1. My Top 10 Leadership Books (3-5)

I know many aspiring leaders who want to become more avid readers but there are so many leadership books out there and they don’t know where to begin. In this book recommendation series, I share numbers 3-5 of my top 10 leadership books of all time. You can watch that video here.

 

Tweetable Lesson

What the Little Drummer Boy Taught Me About Life

What the Little Drummer Boy Taught Me About Life

Two of my favorite Christmas carols are O Holy Night (the Mariah Carey version) and Little Drummer Boy (the Pentatonix version.) If you pay attention to the lyrics of Little Drummer Boy, it’s the story of a young boy who feels like he has nothing to offer a king. But he does have his drum and decides to play it. And the king ends up smiling at him.
 
This song taught me a valuable lesson about life.
 
 

 

Leadership and Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Leadership and Ugly Christmas Sweaters

My best friend Joe’s mom (Ms. Margo) would literally kick us out of the house during the summer. She didn’t want us watching TV or playing video games all day long. Every time she did this, she would always say the same phrase. In the moment, I didn’t realize its power- especially when it comes to leadership.
 
This phrase is also why tacky Christmas sweater parties can have leadership significance.
 
 

 

The Only Thing You Are Truly in Control Of

The Only Thing You Are Truly in Control Of

Control is a myth and a liar. It makes us delusional, thinking we can control more than what is actually possible.
 
There is only one thing in this life you are truly in control of. And here’s a hint: it’s not the weather and it’s not other people.
 
 

 
 
The Problem with Unsolicited Advice

The Problem with Unsolicited Advice

The problem with giving unsolicited advice is that most of the time it’s ineffective. Think about it. When was the last time you actually put into practice advice that you didn’t ask for or an opinion you didn’t want. It’s probably been awhile.
 
In our latest video, I share my opinion on why we give so much advice and how to actually add value to others and help them out.
 
 
 
 
 
What Great Leaders Do

What Great Leaders Do

This past Spring, Tony Bennett (the coach, not the singer) led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to their first basketball national championship in the school’s history. After the season, of course, the school gave Coach Bennett a pay raise.
 
But he did the strangest thing when offered the raise and in doing so showed all of us the one thing that all great leaders have in common.