Imposter syndrome has come up a ton in recent conversations and got me thinking about my own experience with it. Over the years, I somehow became an “expert” in communication skills and ended up coaching leaders on everything from how to tell a better story to how to run a meeting to facilitating their team…

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words have power

Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old, Harvard educated, first ever National Youth Poet Laureate, and youngest inaugural poet is getting a lot of praise and publicity after Wednesday’s inauguration. If you didn’t hear her spoken word poetry at Wednesday’s inauguration, you can tune in here or watch below. She displayed all the P’s: Presence, poise,…

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Hiding in a Box

  Labels hide our personality. Unless taped to a package with my name and address and delivered to my front door, I don’t like them. You know, words like: Introvert Extrovert Coach Consultant Techie Etc, Etc, Etc The Problem With Labels Labels lead us to tell a story that may not be true. Not sure what I mean? Here are…

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Good Energy

  Last week, I took an online yoga class on Facebook through Burning Wheel Yoga (located in Medfield, MA. I’ve never been to their studio and am enjoying their online classes.) And at the end of class the instructor, Jordan, talked about Karma Yoga. And, even though I’m a certified yoga teacher and avid practitioner,…

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Are You Making a Good Impression When You Speak?

  Making a good impression when you speak is vital if you want to be memorable for the right reasons. The following anecdote is a true story. Names and details have been left out to protect those involved. Last week I heard and saw something professionally upsetting. Here is the short version: A speaker took…

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Playing It Safe

  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Have you seen it? Over the holidays I binge watched season 3 … twice. Once alone, and once with my husband. To say I love the show is an understatement.  But that’s not what this post is about. Without giving away any spoilers, the final scene in season 3, episode…

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Feeling Vulnerable and Exposed

  Last week my car got rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic on the highway during the morning commute. I stopped. The young guy behind me decided to go. My body jerked into place and instantly trembled. Stuck in a middle lane, neither of us could get out to assess damage to the cars or each other.…

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Please Stop Boring People in Meetings

  “Woo!” That’s how I started a five minute pitch last week at a business networking event. See, 20 business owners had been sitting around a large conference style table eating a lunch of clam chowder, over-sized chicken sandwiches and french fries, and listening to person after person talk for five minutes about their business.…

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Do Your Presentations Lack Energy?

  My husband gave up eating french fries 4 years ago after reading an article stating that as men approach a certain age, french fries and potato chips are often the biggest contributor to weight gain. And just like that he hasn’t had a french fry since. Since he didn’t mention anything about women in…

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How Small is Your Small Talk?

  When you run a meeting, or attend one, do you jump right into business or start with a bit of “small talk”? That was a question posed to me last week during a presentation workshop I facilitated with a group of analytics professionals. Everyone agreed that yes, small talk matters. The real question became…

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