How can we train executive presence in leadership development?

In this month’s podcast, we talk to communications experts Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger of Turpin Communications about their leadership development work, and how they work with leaders to train and coach them on improving their “executive presence”

The book mentioned in this podcast is “All The Leader You Can Be” by Suzanne Bates

Greg Owen-Boger is the Vice President of Turpin Communication, a business communication training company in Chicago. Over the years he has coached countless employees and leaders to be more effective presenters, facilitators, and trainers … read more about Greg

Dale Ludwig has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to founding Turpin Communication in 1992, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He started Turpin with the mission to provide the best presentation and facilitation skills training possible … read more about Dale

Using simulations to bring leadership development to life

Leadership development is a big topic, it cannot be reduced to a series of bullet points stuck on PowerPoint slides. If we are to develop great leaders, we need patience, and we need to provide impactful experiences and create learning spaces where leaders can work with colleagues to learn, reflect, and grow.

Simulations can be an enjoyable and effective part of that … if they are well-designed!

In this podcast we talk to Bjorn Billhardt and Matt Confer who share their top five tips to creating great leadership development simulations


Bjorn Billhardt is the CEO of Abilitie. Prior to founding Abilitie in 2015, Bjorn was the CEO of Enspire Learning, Inc., a custom e-learning development company he co-founded in 2001 … read more about Bjorn here

Matt Confer is the VP of Strategy & Business Development at Abilitie focused on new client relationships and partnership development in the learning & development industry … read more about Matt here

How learning and development can help to future-proof your organisation

Dr Nanette Miner believes that many companies risk going out of business within the next fifteen years because they have failed to train people to be leaders.

She works with organisations to help them plan for the long-term, investing in their people to build business acumen and thinking skills, so once they reach leadership positions, they are in a position to guide the organisation successfully.

In this podcast, I chat with Nanette about her thinking, the learning pathways she recommends and what sits behind her big scary claims.


Nanette Miner is a leadership development and workplace learning strategy consultant. She is the founder of, and Managing Consultant for, The Training Doctor … read more about Nanette here.

When learning really makes a difference … shifting mindsets to get lasting change

Knowledge and skills are not even half the battle when it comes to getting lasting performance improvement.

People not only need to know what to do and how to do it, they need to have the confidence to do it, the judgement to know when to do it, and the dedication to break old habits, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and construct new – more helpful – mental models.

Only then will we consistently see people taking the great leaps forward that we – and they – aspire to.

In this podcast, I chat to Emma Shaw, an enthusiast for L&D that’s all about mindset shifts – which also happens to be my own favourite part of the business.



Emma Shaw discovered Learning and Development purely by accident and has had a passion for it ever since. With a very varied career within the field, she has always found one thing consistently fascinating; what makes people tick and how they evolve. … read more about Emma here.

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