Persuasion

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How to Be a Better Presenter in 9 Easy Steps

How did that TED Talker do it? How did she entertain me and change my ideas so quickly and easily? I was swept off my feet by her charisma and easy style. The time passed so fast, and I was hanging on to her every word. Now I’m a believer in what she’s selling! What did she do that won …

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How to Become a Persuasive Communicator in 15 Minutes

Did you ever have a concept crystal clear in your brain? And when you went to say it aloud, it came out nothing like you’d prepared in your head? Were you ever in a situation where things got a bit confrontational, and you just clammed up? But then, a few hours later, you realized what you should’ve said? Do you …

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How to Answer Difficult Questions Like a Genius

As we strive for tremendous success in our lives, we will often find ourselves on the receiving end of tough questions.  They can come unexpectedly, and we often need to think on our feet. For instance, When people call you out of the blue and demand answers. Or when you’re in an interview, and you get hit with a question …

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Your Presentation is Boring

An amazing client of mine sent me an e-mail the other day while she was at a conference. “Ugh! These speakers are so boring!” I hear this a whole lot. Speakers have a hard time maintaining the audience’s attention, let alone getting them to follow their call to action. One is dependant on the other. You must keep their attention before …

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3 Things That Make Chit-Chat Oh So Awkward

How many times have you met someone, had a bit of small talk for 2 awkward minutes & moved on never to speak with that person again? Every person you ever meet isn’t going to be your friend but we do need to actively build new relationships. We’re social animals and need to have relationships with people. We need to start conversations with people for …

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Persuasive Speaking: How to Nail it When You Need it Most

Can you speak persuasively when you need it most? So you’re awesome at telling your friends your great idea, but when it comes to speaking persuasively to your team & your boss, it doesn’t come out quite as mellifluously, does it? Not exactly the oration it sounded like in your head, is it? You’re great at telling your mom or …

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How to Be a Persuasive Speaker-Are You Failing When You Need it Most?

Did you ever notice it’s easier to talk to your friend at happy hour after work than it is to talk to someone on a first date? You’ve got all kinds of stories to share with your friend but sitting across the table from your date; your mind draws a blank. You know you need to learn how to be …

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Body Language Fixes You Need Right Now

I was introduced to a podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” on a recent epic road trip with my brother, Peter, & his family. He wanted me to hear an episode on Body Language, knowing it was right up my alley. These two guys do a bunch of research on a topic & then discuss it on their podcast. Super …

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How to Speak Better: Quick & Easy Tricks

To get what you need out of life, you need to speak smoothly. In the last blog post, we talked about  the 3 critical steps to speaking well in high-anxiety situations (like interviews, presentations, venture capital meetings, client meetings, small talk, etc.) They were: Be relaxed. We perform better at everything we do when we’re comfortable, and speaking is no …

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How to Speak Better: 3 Critical Steps

They are the number 1 requirement on nearly every job description. They become more & more critical as we climb the ladder within our firms. How are your communication skills? Be honest with yourself. Are you concise & convincing or do you ramble on? Do people love your ideas & act on them immediately or are you misunderstood or (God-forbid!) …

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