Who Gives a F*** about an Oxford Comma?

Credit to Vampire Weekend for their song with the same line. And the same concept. It sounds like they’re saying that people who are more concerned about diction than their relationships may just be doing it wrong. People are very concerned about their speech. They want to sound precise and articulate. They want to improve their diction and elocution because …

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Storytelling: How to Get People to Follow You

Storytelling Is Paramount We all know this. We are constantly reminded that to get the job done, give a good presentation, and really get your message across; we need to be great at storytelling. A great story makes your listener feel like they were there with you. A great story makes the listener draw a picture in their mind. A picture that works for …

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Body Language: Get a Leg Up in the World

I was inspired to write about improving body language after listening to a podcast where 2 guys warned of their concerns that if you improve your body language you’ll become an “aggressive weirdo corporate creep.”  I suppose that could happen if you work on your body language in a really weird way. Like just being really stiff and putting your fingertips together. …

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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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Speak Better with a Magnetic Voice

Have you ever met someone with a gorgeous voice and you were just magnetized? You think “Wow! This guy was blessed with a gorgeous voice!” If he has a gorgeous voice it means he has a completely relaxed vocal mechanism. His throat has zero tension.  I’m continually shocked by the number of people who hate their voices and don’t know …

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What’s Your Verbal Brand?

Your verbal brand can make or break you, and you probably didn’t even know you had one. It’s ultra-important in every situation your find yourself in, from virtual meetings to interviews, first impressions, and presentations. Are you magnetic and charismatic? How does your voice sound, and what words do you choose? Are you crystal clear & magnetic? Branding is ultra …

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