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Gratitude: An Important Form of Communication

Gratitude: An Important Form of Communication

We communicate with each other in so many different ways… a topic we write about all the time. Our words, facial expressions, body language, how we speak, WHEN we speak, the way we listen, the way we behave… all of these things are communicating messages out all the time. And since this is Thanksgiving week in the United States, I want all of us to remember that our measure and expression of gratitude is also a message we should be communicating out to the people around us.

This has been on my mind a lot lately, because The Latimer Group is wrapping up its fifteenth year of operations… a milestone for any business. I often am reminded that 85% of small businesses don’t make it past year two. So fifteen years is something to be proud of.

But our existence and whatever success we may have had is the sum total of the work, advice and counsel, referrals, ideas and encouragement of many people. Our message, and my message in particular, right now is one of gratitude. As my colleagues and I spend the last few weeks of 2017 planning for the future, we are also spending time reminding ourselves of what we have built together. I am grateful for my colleagues, our Board, our clients, our business partners, and the countless people who have given a referral, an idea and a pat on the back along the way. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to nurture a business.

Think about the people around you, who have helped you along the way. And make sure your communication with them includes a healthy dose of gratitude. Support should always lead to gratitude. And gratitude usually leads to more support. Funny how that seems to work.

Finally, any mention of the gratitude I feel would not be complete without a mention of my wife Emily. As we approach the end of our fifteenth year at The Latimer Group, I would be remiss if I did not share with you that this whole thing was her idea. One morning in September of 2000, Emily and I were hiking out of the Grand Canyon. As we enjoyed sunrise in the canyon, and while hashing out once again the “what am I going to do with my life” conversation, Emily said the magic words. “You have always been a good coach, and you are a good public speaker. So, coach public speaking. Just do that.” That was it. That was the idea. And here we are, fifteen years later. Thank you, my love.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our clients and friends in the United States. And to all our clients and friends across the globe, have a great week, and we hope to cross paths again soon.

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Simple Rules for Building Credibility

Simple Rules for Building Credibility

My wife and I recently had some bookshelves built in our home, which gave us some much-needed space to display many of the books we owned. So when the job was completed, we had a wonderful night of populating our new shelves. We had a little wine, and we spent hours opening up boxes of… Continue Reading

Ten Years of iPhone, and One Call We’d Like to Make

Ten Years of iPhone, and One Call We’d Like to Make

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. With the much anticipated introduction of the newest iPhone last week, there’s been a lot of reflection on how our lives have changed in the 10 years since Apple introduced the first iPhone. I still recall the moment I realized how much… Continue Reading

4 Communication Missteps Men Make in the Workplace

Earlier today, I had a LinkedIn conversation with a good friend named Bryan, who also happens to be a member of Latimer’s Board of Advisors. Bryan had read a recent blog post of ours about the language mistakes some women make in the workplace. And Bryan’s request and challenge to me was now to write… 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

Sheryl Sandberg and the Value of Sharing Your Story

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. The media maelstrom around Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy stirred up almost as much public attention as it did emotion for me. First a friend sent me the link to a television interview,… Continue Reading

Your Colleagues Will Build a Statue in Your Honor

In nearly every workshop I teach, I ask a question that sounds something like this: “How many of you attend too many meetings that run long?” Nearly every hand goes up, every time. “How many of you get too many emails that are too overwhelming to read?” Nearly every hand goes up, every time. “How… Continue Reading

Exploring Your Personal Brand

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Last week I had the pleasure of teaching personal branding at a Women’s Leadership Conference for one of our clients. It was an incredible event—women from across the country gathered to share experiences and learn together at an annual retreat. Like… Continue Reading

To Change the Minds of Others, Change This About Yourself

Some of our most popular blog posts lately have been about how we communicate with each other, and the divide that’s so often formed when we’re faced with an opinion or viewpoint different from our own. And while there are plenty of examples we’ve written about from our President on this subject, it’s certainly not limited to… Continue Reading

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