Leadership

11 steps to being a leader

How to Improve Your Communication Skills at Work

What is the most critical skill you can have to get ahead at work? Hands down, it’s your communication skills. Your communication skills impact everything you do at work. You need to get people to listen to you and do what you say. Using excellent communication skills is how you network & get raises & promotions. Here I’m going to …

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eliminate filler words

5 Steps to Eliminating Filler Words Forever

It’s no secret that the excessive use of filler words makes you seem less intelligent than you are. Filler words are meaningless words that show hesitation. To be taken more seriously & to get people to follow our lead, we need to eliminate filler words from our speech. Or at least significantly reduce them.  Look at the various speaking situations in your …

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4 definitive techniques to making small talk

4 Definitive Techniques to Making Small Talk

Ever since my late teens, I’ve enjoyed having complex, laugh-out-loud conversations with people, whether we’re in line at the deli, sitting together at the bar, or just standing at a “don’t walk” sign. Cab drivers, ticket vendors, airline agents were also not out of my cross-hairs. I love making small talk.     Most of the time, I come away …

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body language

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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