Category: Having A Greater Impact Every Time You Communicate

The Thing We Do Most That Helps Us the Least

It’s often said that, in the absence of proper information, people come to their own conclusions.

Have you ever made an assumption about a situation that simply wasn’t true?

For example, when someone doesn’t call or text back immediately, do you assume they are being dismissive, or do you think they may not be in a position to get back to you immediately?

When you approach someone and they seem distracted or not entirely friendly,

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Take the Bored Out of the Boardroom: 3 Tips to Manage Meetings In-Person and Virtually


 When you mention meetings, most employees roll their eyes at the sheer waste of time of these far-too-often scheduled get-togethers.

So why do organizations continue this ritual and what can we do differently?

Here are three keys to making the most of your meetings in person and virtually.

Maintain Momentum

No meeting should ever go over the allotted time. To prevent this,

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OWN YOUR CONFIDENCE: Overcoming Nervousness in High-Stakes Situations

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to speak at TEDxEmory. The overall theme was: What makes your heart beat? And my topic was Owning Your Confidence: How to Overcome Nervousness and Exude Confidence in High-Stakes Situations. I discussed several practical techniques to help you excel in even the most stressful of situations. They are practices I’ve developed over many years of being on television and speaking professionally around the world.  

While neuroscience describes what happens when we get stressed and nervous as fight,

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The Power of Storytelling

In an age of information overload where we are constantly having to compete for attention, the ability to tell stories that have an emotional and intellectual impact is a critical skill.

Think about the last meeting or presentation you attended or Ted talk you watched, what did you remember, what did you repeat?

The story! Especially if the story related to you or triggered you to reflect on your own similar experience.

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Tone Your Ask

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get. If you ask, you may not always get what you want, but if you don’t ask, you won’t get” 

You’ve probably heard it said that you won’t get what you truly desire if you’re not prepared to ask for it. But for many of us, knowing how to ask for what we want in a way that makes a positive impression – and ultimately gets us the response we’re hoping for – can be challenging.

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Are You Communicating with MORE HASTE AND LESS SPEED?

So often, in an effort to respond to a situation immediately, we hastily send out an email, answer a question or make a call that lacks thought.

As a result, the recipient either misunderstands the communication, doesn’t get the full context, or is unnecessarily annoyed.

Had we just taken a couple of minutes to craft our message, think about our response, or plan the call, we could have been so much more effective and in the end,

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The Greater Impact of Pressing Pause

Do you ever feel so tired that you literally can’t move?

Do you ever wonder if you are experiencing a level of “burnout?”

Do you ever wish the weekend was just one more day and you still had just one more hour of sleep before you had to wake up?

A couple of months ago, I was so overwhelmed with fatigue that I decided to consult a physician.

She had come highly recommended as someone who had a “holistic”

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