Category: Own Your Space: Confidence, Competence, Charisma

Does Your Response to Feedback Help or Hurt You?

Beatriz Rodriguez, the Chief Diversity Officer at the Home Depot, says that the ability to accept feedback in a calm, gracious, and accepting way is essential if you are going to get ahead professionally.

She goes on to say that women can be particularly sensitive when it comes to receiving feedback. She suggests that women should not only say “Thank you” when someone takes the time to volunteer feedback, but that everyone should actively seek it. 

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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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Your PHYSICAL Space — How to OWN it to Persuade and Influence

We’re often told not to judge a book by its cover. But the truth is, that’s precisely what most of us do a lot of the time. We make judgments about the people we encounter very quickly. Therefore, it’s important to make a strong first impression. And to do that, you need to learn to own your physical space.

Own Your Style

While we may wish we could go to the office in yoga pants,

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Playing with the Boys (Literally!): A Lesson From Alice Cooper’s Guitarist

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Earlier this week, I saw Alice Cooper live in concert. It was a great show! It’s remarkable that at age 69, he’s so energetic – a real showman, and a true professional. He gave an excellent performance!

But while Alice is, of course, an amazing musician, what impressed me most was his guitarist, a young woman named Nita Strauss. Nita has been involved with a number of rock groups,

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Are You Checking In With Yourself?

As I checked in for my flight this morning, I couldn’t help thinking the following:

We check in for travel, we check in with our significant others, we check in at work, but how often do we check in with ourselves?

So, all I encourage you to do — starting today — is to ask yourself the following three questions:

What right now in my life do I need to STOP doing?

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The Greater Impact of Your Facial Expressions

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In a recent workshop on Leadership Presence, one of the participants shared that  her manager often asked her if something was upsetting her.

She was mystified, because as far as she was concerned she had been fully engaged and positive in the meetings. When she asked why he thought that, he said she often looked upset.  That was when she realized that  her look of concentration and thoughtfulness was in fact being interpreted as consternation.

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The Greater Impact of Your INNERVERSE

So, how would you rate the current state of your innerverse?

So, how would you rate the current state of your innerverse?

I was thinking about my internal world, my internal dialogue, and my relationship with myself, and I came up with a great name for all of that: my INNERVERSE!

To me, that term encapsulates all the elements of one’s inner state of being, including our headspace and the way we feel about ourselves.

So, how would you rate the current state of your INNERVERSE?

Are you in a good place?

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