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Begin With the End in Mind

Begin With the End in Mind
In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Steven Covey proposes a quite unusual thought experiment that he terms “beginning with the end in mind.” What he actually suggests is that you write your own obituary! While this may seem to be somewhat macabre, it is actually a brilliant exercise, in that in forces you to think about your legacy and how you would want to be remembered.

Give it a try: as you  embark on a new year and new decade,

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Conversation Tips to Enhance Your Presence

Conversation Tips to Enhance Your Presence

We all live in dread of “dead air” – those awkward moments when you find yourself face-to-face with the need to have a conversation with someone you have just met. What follows are some tried and true conversation tips to keep in mind:

“Everyone you meet knows something you don’t”

Approach every conversation with the wonderful sense of having something to learn. As Bill Nye, the science guy says,

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The Greater Impact of Truly Listening

The Greater Impact of Truly Listening

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to speak at  TEDxEmory . The overall theme
was What Makes Your Heart Beat? 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,

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The Greater Impact of Doing More Than Just Showing Up


You may have heard the saying that “90% of life is just showing up” It’s something I say to myself whenever I cross the threshold of the gym or attend a neighborhood committee meeting.

The question is, do we really show up?
There is a big difference between physically being somewhere and really participating actively.

This applies to everything from being at work to social interaction.
I am so tired of going to social and professional events where people are showing up physically but not mentally.

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The Power of Storytelling

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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What’s YOUR Style? How Personality Style Impacts Communication

Understanding your unique personality style is critical to mastering your communication skills. Equally important is your ability to assess others.

With this in mind, here are some key observational tools you can use in making your assessments.

Are you fundamentally fast-paced and outspoken, or do you tend towards being more thoughtful and observant? If you are confused by this question, then think about the last meeting you sat in.

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Talking or Listening — What’s You’re Challenge?

I have been delivering keynotes and workshops on communication skills mastery for over 30 years, and I have never come across an audience member or participant who didn’t see the benefits of being a more  skilled communicator.

The first step on the road to becoming a skilled communicator is to become more aware of your specific communication style. According to Mike Bechtle, the author of Confident Conversation,  all of us fit into one of two broad categories:

-Those who have trouble talking,

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