Know it All?
Whilst I have been lucky enough to have worked all over the world, one of my favourite places to visit and work is Norway, not only because it is stunningly beautiful as a country but, having worked there fairly frequently in the past 18 months, I have found the people to be bright, smart and very friendly. I am making another return trip this week to one of my one of the biggest and most successful TV production companies who produce many hit Norwegian television shows. Their charismatic CEO has had me lecturing and training his staff and has now asked me to deliver a special invitation only day for ten of the top presenters on Norwegian TV. As with many of my clients, they are already hugely successful and most have had shows on air for between 8 and 15 years. Some people would ask why already successful people would want to take a day out to delve deeper into communication psychology? The answer is simple. The thing that sets apart all the top people that I deal with, whether that is in Media, Legal, Banking or Commerce, is that those who achieve the most are the one who are willing to keep on learning and reflecting honestly on their performance.
I have been training and lecturing for many years but I still relish new information and new sources of inspiration at every opportunity, whether that is reading, watching videos or sharing ideas with my peers. I am very privileged that I get to mix with some of the greatest minds in many fields and I always make sure that I listen and learn. There are a lot of people in every business who think that they know it all, yet the ones that I admire the most (and are usually the most successful) are the ones who listen twice as much as they talk. I remember that my father said to me “God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason”. Whilst I realise that my job is to impart knowledge I also see every meeting as an opportunity to learn something and I discover time and time again that the most credible and respected people are not the ones who talk a lot about what they know, they’re the ones that ask the most questions.
Some people prefer only to broadcast. However, I am guessing that part of the reason that these top Norwegian TV presenters are so successful is because they are not always in broadcast mode but also know how to receive the signal.