What can HR learn from Theresa May's conference speech?

What can HR learn from Theresa May's conference speech?

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s conference speech was plagued with misfortune - a persistent cough, a prankster handing her a fake P45, and to add to it, an unstable stage that sabotaged her slogan.

Despite the setbacks, May responded in a quintessentially British fashion; she was polite, kept calm and carried on, putting forward her range of new policies as part of her mission to promote a ‘British dream’ - despite the scene engulfing her in a nightmare.

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Comments (1)

  • Tom Godber
    Tom Godber
    Fri, 6 Oct 2017 8:55am BST
    I think there are two key things anyone (let alone HR) can learn from this speech.

    1. Making an effective presentation relies more on your ability to engage the listener and ensure they take away the key messages you want to impart - rather than drowning them with content. So how you present the info is normally more critical than the detail of the content itself. So Mrs May failed dismally on that - not just the coughing etc, but none of these conference speeches ever deviate from someone droning on for ages! What's more, I hear normal protocol is to protect the leaders voice for the keynote address - and the team around her had her at countless low profile events - talking and talking and talking - not good for the throat.

    2. I totally disagree with Mrs May as any example of taking accountability for the failures. In what world does an apology 3 months after the event, in the wake of countless prompts by the media to issue an apology, count as an authentic apology. Authenticity is the key in leadership, and I didn't see that here

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