Conducting Communication in the Workplace

Sir Thomas Beecham on BBC Radio 4 Great Lives

Sir Thomas Beecham uses his “rhythmic vitality” to lead his orchestra. Click on the image to hear from BBC Radio 4 Great Lives how this conductor communicates through his “wit and energy”.

Conducting a meeting is like conducting an orchestra? Definitely.

The ‘conductor’ in a meeting needs to ensure that all the ‘instruments’ get a chance to be heard, that the tempo is right and everyone is on the same page of the ‘music’.  The conductor in an orchestra uses many subtle signals and cues to communicate with the musicians and in the same way we, as leaders and managers of people, employ a huge repertoire of words and movement to convey meaning and understanding to those around us.

Watch how Itay Talgram – conductor of music turned “conductor of people” – masterfully and entertainingly demonstrates how conductors communicate effectively and why these are good lessons for leaders. Talgram  guides us through a range of conducting styles in this 20 minute TEDGlobal talk, Lead like the great conductors.

Check out this too: 8 Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor .

We communicate constantly and we do it consciously and unconsciously.  As a leaders and managers, being able to convey our meaning clearly and concisely to those who need to understand it; being skilled at listening and well as talking and being able to construct communications that hit the mark again and again are essential skills.  Without them we won’t inspire others, we won’t influence anyone, we won’t take the people with us; we won’t be leaders.

For further reading and ideas:

  1. Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language by Desmond Morris
  2. Powerful Listening. Powerful Influence. by Tim Hast
  3. Humour Works by John Morreall
  4. The Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto

If you would like to communicate better, we can help with one to one coaching or through one of our many leadership and management workshops.

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