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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Feeling Vulnerable at Work

  Moving from a job that is “behind the scenes,” maybe something technical, analytical or numbers focused, to a role that is more people or purpose focused can feel uneasy or unnatural. Today we’re talking about feeling vulnerable at work, “hiding in plain sight” and the importance of letting yourself shine. Hiding in Plain Sight…

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Is Anyone Listening When I Speak?

  Have you ever wondered if anyone is listening when you speak? Or if what you say gets through to people? It all comes down to trust. And that’s what today’s newsletter is all about. *** “I wish I knew that my words were sinking in when I give these speeches,” my client Anne said…

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You Are Good Enough

  I don’t know anyone – men, women, early career professionals, entrepreneurs, executives – who doesn’t struggle with being good enough. Do you? (I’d like to meet them!) For example, just last week I met with a client via Zoom video and listened as she explained the angst she felt going into a meeting with…

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Public Speaking Courage

Business needs more public speaking courage. Do you have what it takes to challenge the status quo, stand out and be memorable when you speak? Last week I had coffee with Karen, a local mortgage broker. She’s an upbeat, fun-loving individual who I met through networking and thought, “I need to know this person.” As…

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Communication Skills - Are You Surviving or Thriving?

When it comes to communication skills – things like speaking on panels or at a conference, presenting at client or staff meetings, interacting with employees, or inspiring change within your company or community – are you surviving or thriving? That’s the topic of today’s post. Last week I got a call from a prospect. She…

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Tell Me A Story

Asking people to do something without any context or back story may not get the results you want. Yes, we live in a world where people are busy and don’t have time to read or sit and chat, yet I promise, and wholeheartedly believe, that what we want is deeper connection. So, tell me a…

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What Keeps You From Speaking Up?

Earlier this month I facilitated a leadership program for 15 professional and entrepreneurial women. The day focused on leading and communicating with others. During the day the group participated in a variety of experiential learning activities, including one known as “Helium Stick” (see photo above). Here’s how the activity works. The women form two lines,…

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Recharge & Refocus in Between Meetings

“How did the conversations go?” I asked Julie. She said, “They went well and people seemed to appreciate the time to ask questions. But boy am I drained!” Talking to people can feel exhausting! See, Julie is in the midst of communicating big changes to her employees, and they have a lot of concerns regarding…

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