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How to (Really) Make America Great Again

How to (Really) Make America Great Again

Don’t worry… this post is not an endorsement of any political figure, party or position. But I am shamelessly grabbing a well-known, and highly divisive, political slogan to make a point about the United States, and the state of our culture.

As a country, we talk all the time about how to make our country better, and how to get ourselves on a better path. I for one, think there are lots of good things happening in the United States today. But I also believe we have real problems that need attention now.

We talk in our workshops about how in the workplace, leadership doesn’t always have to come from “the leaders.” And how true that often is when talking about the people in Washington! The country has become a cold, judgmental, divided place, and if we wait for politicians to somehow “fix” it all, we’re liable to be waiting a long time.

Instead, we like to think about all the things WE can do on a local or personal level to make the country a better place. Consider:

  • How we talk to each other. Friends, colleagues, even the stranger on line with you at the supermarket. Are we bringing the empathy? Are we listening to understand, and not just waiting to talk?
  • Perhaps there are some local causes or organizations in your town that need a little extra attention.
  • How do we treat people who disagree with our views? Our social feeds are full of acrimony and divisiveness. Are we adding to it by making others afraid to share their ideas?

These are not complicated concepts. They mostly come from just choosing to be nice. But we think that if we’re going to really “make America great again,” this is how we get started.

Wishing you a great, supportive, collaborative day.

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The Subtle, Hidden Key to Great Communication

The Subtle, Hidden Key to Great Communication

My colleagues and I write all the time about the characteristics and keys to great communication. Many of them are obvious… preparation and practice are near the top of any list. But there is another component to great communication, that often goes unnoticed in our fast-paced, back-to-back-to-back meeting world. Time management, and creating a short… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: Choosing Your Focus

We spend a lot of our time with clients working on message development. We focus on delivery as well, but good delivery is almost irrelevant if you have not first worked out what the message will be. In other words: What you say is really more important than how you say it. When building a… Continue Reading

To Communicate Well, Listen First

To Communicate Well, Listen First

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council January 3, 2018. When we think about communication in the workplace, all too often we focus on the delivery part: what we will say, what our slides will look like and how loudly we should speak. All that’s important, but what about the other side? Before we speak, we need to listen.… Continue Reading

Feedback No One EVER Gives at Work

Feedback No One EVER Gives at Work

“Wow, that meeting was great. I wish it was a lot longer.” “When she explains things everything seems more complicated. It’s great.” “He never gets to the point. I love listening to him.” “It’s always hard to understand his main message, which is why I love his presentations.” “Her slide decks look like a passage… Continue Reading

Can Great Public Speaking Be Learned?

Can Great Public Speaking Be Learned?

The short answer is, “Yes, absolutely.” The slightly longer answer is, “Yes, but you have to work hard at it.” We recently had an individual at a client company participate in one of our presentation skills workshops. When I saw his name on the roster the week before the class, I recognized it immediately. I… Continue Reading

Video: Three Levels of Communication Success

When we coach our clients on improving their persuasive communication skills, we don’t look at it as a matter of being “good” or “bad” at communicating. Obviously, not everyone communicates at the same level. For some, it comes very easily and naturally. For others, not so much. And for others, becoming more persuasive may be… Continue Reading

The Most Important Skill in Business

The Most Important Skill in Business

If you can persuade others to think or act in a certain way, influence their decisions and behaviors, and build consensus among your colleagues, you have competitive advantage. Period. Full stop. In the 21st century business world, (where information is more available, attention spans have plummeted, organizations are leaner, and everyone is less loyal and… Continue Reading

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