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ver nodded in agreement to
someone else’s question being
answered and thought you wish
you’d asked that or were simply
thankful someone else did ask because you
desperately wanted to know the answer to
We have all been gifted with the power of a
voice, and yet we’re all too familiar with the
even greater presence that is silence.
In this juxtaposed world of “engagement”
and “screen time” we continue to battle
authentic, constructive and effective
communication and having our voices heard.
Young professionals in particular are too
often hiding behind a screen and using smart
devices as a replacement for essential
Networking with the current industry
leaders and beyond has equipped us with
the following key learnings for success in
strengthening our message:
1. There’s no such thing as
a silly question....unless the
question is “Would you like
coffee in the morning?”
Don’t ever be hesitant to speak
up in order to obtain
knowledge and in return to
share your knowledge,
educated opinion or
Jessica Christy and Ash Cooper say young professionals should
be embracing authentic communication rather than just simply
tapping on their devices.
YOU’RE THE VOICE!
Speaking up not only provides answers to your questions, it will also get you noticed.
Nervous about saying the wrong thing or sounding silly, don’t be. Experienced professionals
almost expect young professionals to come across as slightly awkward and unpolished as they
understand they’re still trying to find their voice. These same professionals are empathetic to
nerves and would rather hear what you have to say rather than not hearing from you at all. As
touched on in our previous articles, learnings and knowledge sharing is a two way street and
we’re hearing time and time again the invaluable learnings that current leaders acquire from us,
the future leaders.
2. Vote #1, Vote Me
Despite how cheesy those inspirational quotes can be that focus on ‘fight for your success
because it’s not going to fall into your lap’, they are on the money.
We’ve all heard colleagues complain that they have been overlooked for an opportunity or
promotion, they’re usually the hardest workers in the business, they get in, get the job done and
get out. But managers aren’t mind readers, they may assume these particular employees enjoy
the role they’re in and aren’t aware of the aspirations and development path of such an individual.
You are at the helm of your professional development and self promotion, bank on yourself
and map out a development plan in conjunction with management so you’re the first person
considered when an opportunity arises.
Practice self promotion by tooting your own horn. There’s no need to go road rage tooting;
you simply need to put yourself forward in a genuine and authentic manner when showcasing
your skills, strengths and objectives.
3. Form a Squad
Good leaders utilise the power of a crowd to effect change and convey their message. Adopt
this method by developing relationships with people in
power. Cultivate rapport and allow these individuals
to become an ally or advocate for you. Effectively
communicating your ideas and points with your
mentors, manager and peers will amplify the
power of your voice and ultimately put you in the
spotlight. Thus is the power of influence.
This ‘MEA Future Leaders’ article series
is testament to the noise we continue to
make as future leaders and challenging
ourselves to break conventions and
push the boundaries. Don’t let an
opportunity pass you by for fear
of embarrassment. Find your
voice, speak up, stand up and
get involved. m
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MEA FUTURE LEADERS
immersive, engaging events that
everyone talks about and help you
better communicate and connect
with your audience. Encore Event
Technologies has identified and delivered
some of the hottest new event tech, are
launching new innovations all the time, and
keeping one eye on the future. Here’s some
of their favourite examples of how they’re
using event technology in events...
Gesture control to create
Gesture control enables presenters and
performers to control presentations, sounds,
lighting, animations and video. It’s a dynamic
effect, where the presenter’s movements
trigger any kind of content to react via
movements, gestures or manipulating
objects/props. Encore has implemented
gesture control through a few different
methods, including special cameras that
track movement, kinetic sensors hidden in
props, clothing or objects concealed in stage
sets. One of the company’s award-winning uses of gesture control was for a paint company.
During the CEO’s presentation, he “painted” the massive screen behind him to reveal beautiful
murals on buildings in Dubai on screen. He then used gesture control again to announce the
colour of the year by moving a paint tin around during the presentation to reveal the colour.
Holographics to enthral and entertain
Encore has amazed event attendees with 3D hologram technology at recent events. It’s a
modern take on an old technique which uses an invisible mesh screen and projecting onto it to
create a hologram effect. Video content is beamed onto it and the audience’s brains are fooled
into believing there’s a three-dimensional object hanging in the air. The trick is in the content and
the lighting and the effect is breathtaking! Encore has created custom designed content and
used perspective tricks to create the illusion for a really amazing guest experience. Recently
they created 3D stage sets and even used motion sensors so that dancers could control and
interact with the hologram.
Kinetic lighting that moves to the beat of your event
Kinetic lighting has recently been really popular at events like music concerts. It uses dozens or
even hundreds of individual lights often in spherical or baton shapes hung individually on their
own fly-line and mechanical winch. Each light is coordinated by a computer and controlled via
the lighting desk and each light can change colours, fade, or strobe on command. A matrix of
kinetic lights can move in complex patterns, simulating waves or move in time with the music or
entertainment. It’s a lighting technique that creates a dynamic sculpture of light and movement.
Kinetic lighting can be used to great effect when paired with other media. Encore has
delivered an installation that moves with music and choreographed with aerial artists who
performed within the installation, and recently in a theatrical effect to reveal a presenter onstage.
The right technology can take your event from good to great.
And Encore Event Technologies is leading the way.
DomPerignon at Ivy.
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