Russell Wardrop, CEO of Glasgow based Kissing with Confidence, is to be the keynote speaker at an international conference of surgeons in Spain.
More than 80 surgeons who specialise in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the face (cranio-maxillofacial surgeons) will attend the conference in Toledo, near Madrid this week.
It is organised by AOCMF, a clinical division of the AO Foundation, a not-for-profit international organisation founded in 1958. There currently is a chronic global shortage of cranio-maxillofacial surgeons and communication is a key issue in the high dependency environments in which they work alongside different teams.
Kissing with Confidence specialises in communication training and was founded by Russell 19 years ago.
Russell’s presentation, entitled ‘Pitch Perfect: What To Do When Ted Comes Calling’, will focus on how to create a compelling presentation for stage or a webinar, alongside public speaking tips. There will also be extended surgeries which delegates can opt to attend led by Russell throughout the two-day summit.
He said, “Cranio-maxillofacial surgeons operate in a niche field, dealing with highly complex, time-sensitive situations, on a daily basis. As a result, there is a demand for their knowledge and experience and they are expected to deliver technical lectures on screen. However, whilst they are technically astute, some can struggle with their bedside manner and need support in creating memorable TedTalk style lectures, which is a very different skill.
“Our business strategy this year has been to focus on securing more international work and we are delighted to be working in Spain again. This year we’ve won business in Marbella, Milan, and Paris.
Erich Roethlisberger, an executive director at the AO Foundation, added, “Most cranio-maxillofacial surgeons are outstandingly skilled and knowledgeable, they are great teachers and very empathic with their patients, but many shy away from speaking in public or in front of a camera. This is where Russell comes in. While it is the AO's goal to turn good surgeons into even better surgeons, Russell is going to help turn speakers into spellbinders.”
Kissing with Confidence provides programmes on business growth, leadership and pitching for individuals and teams located all over the world. An internationally experienced keynote speaker, trainer, coach and facilitator, Russell works at the highest levels of government and academia as well as at Board Level within commercial organisations making their leaders passionate, charismatic and unforgettable communicators
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