The Great Communicator Blog
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
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
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
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
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
“I’m an executive, good at my job, been going up the ladder in my career. When I was in meetings, though, I felt like no one was listening to me. Often I couldn’t get what was in my head out of my mouth. Sometimes someone else would say just what I was trying to say and get massive kudos for
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. So now virtual meetings are necessary. And people’s unfamiliarity (and maybe even dislike) is causing errors.
I’ve just learned that my relaxation techniques are also used by Navy SEALs to remain calm & focused. We need to stay calm & focused in most areas of our lives. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to do. We need to present our ideas in meetings, give presentations, go on virtual first dates, deliver bad news, or say “no” to people.
Coming across as intelligent is one of our main goals every time we open our mouths to speak. When we’re in a meeting or job interview, that’s almost all we care about. Even when with our friends or family, we want them to think of us as being smart. If being perceived as smart & competent is crucial to you