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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. How many times have you told your idea in a meeting, and no one seemed to understand? Then Janet down the end there said the same thing and gets praise? Have …

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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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4 definitive techniques to making small talk

4 Definitive Techniques to Making Small Talk

Are you hating on small talk? Or, gasp! avoiding it? You know those engaging folks who can meet someone for the first time and end up getting digits or business cards? They can make merry conversation with just about anyone while waiting for the meeting to start? They always seem to articulate their thoughts in the most profound and concise …

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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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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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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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Find Your True Voice

You’re probably really good at what you do, but maybe everyone doesn’t know the full extent of it. When you find your true voice, you can get your message out there when it matters most. Scroll down to the Find Your True Voice section if you want to skip the background & go straight to the techniques. 4 Definitive Techniques …

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