DEFENCE ACADEMY

Thanks to the Defence Academy at Shrivenham for inviting me to lecture to senior military officers, MoD staff, and others. What an engaging, interesting, tough minded and experienced audience. I was especially delighted with the feedback, which I reproduce below. Most importantly, from my point of view, the audience understood why PowerPoint and similar lectures can be a turn off. I just talked about leaders and leadership and answered questions to the best of my ability. Here's a flavour of the responses.
“he showed that PowerPoint is unnecessary when you are a gifted orator. I did not lose interest once.”
· “Gavin demonstrated the value of distilling issues and keeping it simple – ‘less is more’. Brilliant.”
· “First class session. Someone able to draw on his experience to offer insights relevant to our own challenges. Excellent and entertaining presentation, and handled a large number of questions professionally and with good humour.”
· “engaging, articulate, personable and a raft of stories to tell, you could not go wrong! Some real nuggets to take back to base and reflect upon.”
· “I attended seeking some thought on how to deal with negative reputational issues suffered by the team I am working with. This talk has given me some thought on how I might deal with achieving a change in how the team is viewed.”
· “what an excellent and inspiring speaker! By setting the ‘story’ message in the context of people we know I now appreciate the importance of my own story. ”
Thanks to all those involved in the organisation of the event.