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Your Slide Deck is Nothing But Risk, Part 2

A little while back, I wrote a post called Your Slide Deck is Nothing But Risk. It’s caused a lot of discussion — in our workshops, in discussions with our clients, and in some of the social media where we spend time. It’s a premise that has cause a lot of people to furrow their […]

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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 […]

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How to Make Your Message Easy to Remember

Do you want to be an effective communicator? Do you want people to follow your lead, support your idea, or buy your product or service? Of course you do. When I say “be memorable,” I’m not suggesting that you do something outrageous so that they remember that crazy person who did “x.” I mean figure […]

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5 Things People Never Say

“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 […]

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Be Clear and #MakeYourPoint

I just returned from a two-week trip to Shanghai and Singapore, where we conducted several training workshops for two different top clients. Our workshops were full of people from China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Britain, India, Belgium, Turkey, and Germany. It was a global group, with all of them reporting to global executives. Work […]

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Don’t Compromise Your Communication Efforts, Ever

We coach people to be as persuasive and powerful in their communication as possible. But sometimes, your audience is just not open to what you have to say. Our clients often share experiences where the audience is not always open minded. Some of our clients tell us, “They don’t want to hear that from me,” […]

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Communication Lessons from the Road, Part 3

Last post of the week… I’m running to the airport now to begin the long trip home from Singapore. It’s been a great trip, but I’m excited to head home. I love being home, but I also love what international travel does for my approach to my business. I love being forced to stretch boundaries […]

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Communication Lessons from the Road, Part 2

In our last post, we talked about the undeniable benefits of having a broad perspective on communication and having a high sensitivity for audience understanding. Global travel is a great way to broaden your perspective and to realize the vastly different ways people communicate. We believe firmly in audience understanding as a mission critical component […]

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Communication Lessons from the Road, Part 1

Greetings from Singapore, where I’m doing a week of corporate communication training for two of our favorite clients. This follows up a week in Shanghai for the same two clients. International travel is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. It’s exhausting to travel this far from home, for two straight weeks of day-long workshops. When I get […]

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3 Keys to Holding Your Audience’s Attention

In our last post, we talked about the changing face of communication in the 21st century. We no longer live and work in a world where people have to listen to our message. With so many choices available for information and content, it’s very easy for people to “change the channel” away from you and […]

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