Influence Through Data

Introversion is a strength, one that can be harnessed and used as both a professional and personal skill. Introverts are also able to observe more and through this, they’re able to create great quality data and evaluations.

In this episode of the Business Chat Podcast, I have a fascinating conversation with a fellow introvert, Jon Yeo. He is the National President for Professional Speakers Australia and the licensee and Head Curator of TEDxMelbourne.

Jon speaks about his journey towards discovering his superpower – introversion and using this to his professional advantage. Being an observer, he comes up with lots of ideas from the data and patterns he sees.

Through data, analysis Jon is able to help leaders to build trust, empathy, and engagement.

Time Stamps:

  • Jon’s entrepreneurial journey (01:47)
  • Introversion is a superpower (02:50)
  • Ways leaders can become engaging and influential (06:07)
  • How Jon uses data and research in his work (07:30)
  • The ultimate sign that people are disengaged (10:30)
  • How Jon uses data to increase own engagement (11:35)
  • Top tips that make a great TEDx Talk (13:50)
  • Jon’s advice for someone starting in the speaking industry (18:10)
  • The legacy he hopes to leave (19:22)

Resources Mentioned:

Mantra/Quotes Suggestions

  • “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Henry David Thoreau
  • “People who are introverts observe more and are able to make greater quality evaluations.” -Jon Yeo
  • “You’ve got to be unambiguous about your beliefs, ideas, what you bring to the table, the value you create, and at the same time, don’t be attached to it.”  -Jon Yeo

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About Jon Yeo

Jon works with Leaders and Changemakers to understand the markers for incremental influence. People don’t change overnight but our ability to strategically nudge it forward is always available to us.

Jon began his work in the mid-90s as a young engineer trying to convince his CEO of the significance of Y2k if it was ignored. While leading TEDxMelbourne, he saw the YouTube data for, “what causes someone to pause, rewind or abandon a TED Talk?” 

Through his data and exploration of influence, he designed models based on 1st principles, laws of physics and biology, and on the assumption that “Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But No Simpler” (attributed to Einstein)

He is more interested in the psychology of influence over the mechanics of storytelling. Known for his ability to articulate the complex simply, Jon works with CEOs and senior leadership teams to build trust, empathy, and engagement. Past clients include Salesforce, SAP, National Australia Bank, Australia Post and Mercer.