how to be a great conversationalist

How to Be a Great Conversationalist-Even if You’re Shy

Great conversationalists know how to connect with people and make them feel good. They also know how to diffuse difficult situations and that being a great conversationalist isn’t about the gift of gab.  Great conversationalists also know that speech is music. And second, speech is power. Using your communications skills, you can establish strong relationships with folks, have people adore being …

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how to be yourself

How to Be Yourself

How many times have you mentioned that you were nervous about a job interview or a presentation and your well-meaning friend says, “Just be yourself!” That’s so sweet that they think highly enough of you to recommend that you be the person you are with them. But the advice doesn’t work. So thanks anyway. I can’t be myself when I’m …

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how to speak with authority

How to Speak with Authority-7 Steps to Being Authoritative

Speaking with authority is necessary when you’re in your wheelhouse, both in your role at work and in your personal life. If you are communicating your message, it needs to come out with authority and confidence. Being an authoritative speaker is how we get hired for jobs and get people to follow our call to action. Yet almost nowhere in …

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how to report to the ceo like a genius

How to Report to the CEO Like a Genius

You made it! You’ve had a successful career, and now you report to the CEO! There have been ups & downs and plenty of challenges, but you’ve worked hard, and here you are. Reporting to the CEO. But somehow, the CEO doesn’t understand everything you tell him. And he wants you to talk faster and get to the point, making it …

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how to deliver bad news

How to Deliver Bad News–10 Steps to Being the Hero

Delivering bad news can be quite challenging because we don’t want to hurt people, and we can be fearful of an explosive reaction. That fear tends to build up until the whole concept of delivering awful news becomes petrifying. We avoid it at all costs. But it doesn’t have to be this way. From canceling on a friend to terminating …

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how to speak up in meetings

How to Speak Up in Meetings–9 Systematic Steps

It’s happened to you, hasn’t it? You’re in a meeting, with brilliant ideas floating around your mind, and they don’t come out. Maybe you didn’t say anything at all. Or perhaps you did, and it didn’t come out the way it sounded in your head. I want to make this clear straight away. The process of drawing conclusions in your …

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how to be more concise when speaking

How to Be More Concise When Speaking-5 Actionable Steps

Have you ever listened to someone speak and have no clue what they are trying to say? Worse, have you ever tried to tell your colleague an idea or your friend a funny thing that happened to you and have their eyes glaze over? The way we convey our message is critical. And part of that is learning to be …

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how to rock your virtual meeting

How to Rock Your Virtual Meetings-15 Tips to Being the Superstar

I used to think of meetings as an 85% waste of time. But now they’re imperative. We can’t just pop into someone’s office to ask a few questions. We aren’t able to bump into a teammate in the hallway and give an impromptu report. Now virtual meetings are necessary. Let’s make them productive too. Here are some tips to make …

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