Category Archives: Sales Communication

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 from Moby Dick. I wish my decks looked more like that.”

They never say these things. Ever. Instead they complain about meetings and presentations and slide decks that are never clear, never get to the point and never end on time. What do people say about your meetings and presentations? Are you sure you know what they say?

The rules are simple:

Be clear.

Be brief.

Be seated.

Have a great day.

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com

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 Three Keys To Transforming Your Communication

The Three Keys To Transforming Your Communication

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council November 22, 2017. When we think about how to become better communicators, we often think about the tools we use: our data, our PowerPoint deck, our posture and poise. And these are crucial. But the real keys to sustained, long-term improvement and success as a communicator might surprise you, in… Continue Reading

5 Tips for Gaining Attention and Mindshare in 2018

It’s hard to get people to pay attention any more. A lot of people believe that attention spans are shrinking. But regardless whether they are or not, here is an undeniable fact: there is exponentially more competition for mindshare and attention than ever before. So the net effect is the same — because there is… Continue Reading

These 5 Words Can Make You More Persuasive

These 5 Words Can Make You More Persuasive

At The Latimer Group, we believe that the ability to persuade, influence and build consensus is the most important skill that you can have in the workplace. If you attempt to add one skill to your tool box in the coming year, verbal persuasion should be at the top of your list. This begs the… Continue Reading

Becoming a Next-Level Communicator

Becoming a Next-Level Communicator

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council October 20, 2017. To be a powerful communicator, you have to be brutally honest. You need to look critically at how great a change you are suggesting and how much you are asking of your audience. But perhaps the most important place you must look is within yourself. How… Continue Reading

Listening with Patience and Humility

Listening with Patience and Humility

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Have you seen the short celebrity interviews at the end of the New York Times Magazine on Sundays? Ana Marie Cox is wrapping up her tenure as the Talk columnist and she spoke about the essence of conducting a good interview: “You… Continue Reading

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

The Secret to Persuasive Communication

The Secret to Persuasive Communication

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council October 2, 2017. There are lots of tips and techniques for crafting a persuasive bit of communication. But there’s one fundamental secret that underlies all of them. What is this secret weapon or becoming a powerful communicator? Honesty. Why? Because to successfully persuade someone, you need to be… Continue Reading

Weak Language When Presenting is Sort of a Problem

Weak Language When Presenting is Sort of a Problem

We deliberately used an example of that weak language in the title of this post, to illustrate what it can do to your message and your credibility when presenting. Weak phrases like “pretty much,” “sort of,” “kind of,” or “a little bit,” don’t actually add a lot to your message. Phrases like these make you… Continue Reading

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