Anxiety When Speaking? That’s Actually Good

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com on June 9, 2017. The question I’m asked most often in workshops and coaching sessions is, “I get really nervous when I present; can you help me eliminate my anxiety?” And my answer is that having at least some anxiety is actually a good sign. It… Continue Reading

“Yes” Moves the Conversation Forward

Today’s post was written by Brett Slater, Chief Social Media Officer at The Latimer Group. Improvisation fascinates me. A recent passion of mine has been improv comedy, and I’m a huge fan of jazz and jam bands, both of which lean very heavily on improvisation as a tool. Part of my fascination with the improv… Continue Reading

The Five Keys to Being Heard in the 21st Century

Many people suffer from a critical misconception regarding being heard. Being heard is not always about speaking louder. Most of the time, being heard is about doing a number of things differently, most of which have nothing to do with the words coming out of your mouth. We live in a loud, confusing, fast-paced, attention-deficit… Continue Reading

Video: To Persuade, Be More Than a Messenger

Throughout our business lives, our communication is peppered with information, updates, and messages, many of which it’s up to us to deliver. But to truly persuade, we must build consensus around our plan or idea. And to do that, we must do more than give an update, or deliver a message. We must prepare our… Continue Reading

Video: How to Become an Olympic-Level Communicator

Want to communicate at the Olympic level? Work on the 4 skills of great communication one by one, and when you put them all back together, you’ll be communicating at a much higher level. What are the 4 skills? Dean lays them out for us in the video below:   At The Latimer Group, our… Continue Reading

Steve Jobs, On PowerPoint

I recently stumbled across a great quote from Steve Jobs, that captures exactly how we feel about PowerPoint here at The Latimer Group: “I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking. People confront problems by creating presentations. I want them to engage, to hash things out at the table, rather than show… Continue Reading

To Be a Better Presenter, Prepare for Floods (or Anything!)

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group Last week, we narrowly escaped a technological catastrophe… We had a total flood in our office. Gallons of water rained down from the ceiling directly above the desk in our webinar presentation space. We’d only been in our new office space… Continue Reading

In God We Trust… Everyone Else, Bring Data

There are a few questions we frequently hear from our workshop participants. And perhaps the most vexing is the question of detail… how much do I need, where do I put it, how much is too much? Without exception, it comes up and is a major topic of conversation in every workshop. Why? For two… Continue Reading

The Words We Use Matter. Choose Them Carefully.

The recent controversy over Bill Maher’s use of a racial epithet was yet another example of the power of language. Words have meaning, both good and bad. Words have power, both good and bad. Words make us feel things, both good and bad. This post is not about Bill Maher, the politics of language or… Continue Reading

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