079: Building Self-Awareness and Effective Communication with Mel Kettle

Made For More

Jul 31 2023 • 29 mins

In this episode, host Ally Nitschke interviews Mel Kettle who is an expert in leadership and communication. Mel's extensive experience includes working with associations, non-profits, and iconic brands. She is also the host of the podcast Disconnected Life and the author of two books.

Mel shares her background and journey into the communication and leadership space. She recounts her first job counting people on the ski tube in the New South Wales Central Coast, as well as her experience organising conferences and working for the Office of Fair Trading in Queensland. Mel emphasises the importance of understanding the pain points of your audience and effectively communicating the right message at the right time.

Ally and Mel discuss the challenges of communication and the importance of self-awareness. They provide valuable tips on becoming more self-aware, such as asking oneself questions, listening to others, and observing behaviours. They also highlight the significance of connection in both personal relationships and professional settings.

Mel provides five essential tips for new leaders, including taking care of one's health, avoiding burning bridges, setting clear boundaries, understanding values and priorities, and leaving an organisation with grace.

The episode covers four crucial lessons for starting a new job, which include prioritising health, maintaining good relationships, establishing clear boundaries, and starting as one intends to continue. Mel also emphasises the importance of learning to communicate with conviction to effectively influence, engage, inspire, and motivate.

Listeners are encouraged to connect with Mel through her website, LinkedIn, Instagram, Threads, or by email. Ally also invites listeners to subscribe to the Made For More podcast and leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts. Both Ally and Mel can be found on various social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

Mel Kettle is an internationally recognised expert in fully connected leadership and communication. With more than two decades of experience, Mel is a valuable asset to leaders and teams that want to achieve real connection and sustained engagement. She is the host of the podcast This Connected Life and the author of two books, the best-selling Fully Connected and The Social Association.

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