The Top Two Attributes of Highly-effective Team Leaders

The Top Two Attributes of Highly-effective Team Leaders

Because I run workshops on team-building and conflict management, I am often asked for the best way to turn a group of people into a high-performing team. The answer, of course, is multi-faceted, but I always start with one question: Do you have a great team leader?...

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6.5 Communication Blunders to Avoid in 2016

6.5 Communication Blunders to Avoid in 2016

The entire world now knows about (and has seen with their own eyes) the verbal gaffe made by Steve Harvey at the Miss Universe pageant when he announced the wrong winner.  While very few of us will ever make a mistake on such a big stage, we can all make changes now...

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Are You Getting Your Message Across?

Are You Getting Your Message Across?

As we swing into the last month of 2015, I’ve begun the process of looking back over my notes – those I take on old-fashioned paper, and those I type into the Notes app on my phone. There is a clear theme: the majority of presenters fail to win over their audience, and the major culprit is not verbal, or nonverbal (though both of those skill sets are a huge contributor to your success).

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Don’t Count Calories, Count Chemicals

Don’t Count Calories, Count Chemicals

Headlines that Generate Stories Here are two great examples of eye-catching headlines that drew me into not just a story, but my story. In fact, little movies went off in my head. Genius! The “Don't Count Calories” headline sent me through an entire “history” channel...

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A Cool Trick to Decrease Performance Anxiety

A Cool Trick to Decrease Performance Anxiety

As presentation coaches, Charlotte and I are always looking for ways to help our clients manage the butterflies that can easily morph into a shaky voice, dry mouth, quivering limbs and, well, the awful feeling that comes from being "verklempt." As I was perusing my...

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Stop Making Your Boss Work So Hard!

Stop Making Your Boss Work So Hard!

You’re preparing for a big pitch to your boss. You’re concerned because your boss is “tough,” “hard to read” and has historically hijacked your meetings. You know the big picture and the granular details of your project, and you want your work recognized. If this...

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Three Reasons to Avoid “Trumped Up” Public Speaking

Three Reasons to Avoid “Trumped Up” Public Speaking

I was talking with a client the other day, and during the conversation, he said something about wanting to sound more like Donald Trump. I asked him to elaborate and he said, "You know, saying whatever is on your mind with complete confidence, and being viewed as...

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