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Don’t Be Afraid To Be A Follower

Originally published with Forbes Coaches Council, May 2019 We all want to be leaders. Our corporate culture wants us to want to be leaders. We seek out training, we dress the part, we jockey to take the helm of a project or a team. No one wants to admit to being a follower, and few people […]

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Why It’s So Important to Be a Good Listener

We write and speak frequently on the importance of being a good listener. But most of our content is usually focused on listening tactics — how to listen better. But today I want to write about why it is so important to listen well. Listening, at its most basic level, is essentially a commitment to two-way […]

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True Persuasion Comes from Being More than a Messenger

So often in preparing to communicate, we make a fundamental mistake: we enter a messenger mindset. Rather than establishing a clear goal and aiming to persuade our audience, we set out to inform, to update, to share. On this path, we end our inquiry with a period: here’s what I need to say, full stop. But […]

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Executive Presence: The Art Of Projecting Leadership

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council, February 2019 Think about the best leader you’ve ever seen. What made her compelling? Many of us would say, “She just had ‘it.’ Her charisma was off the charts.” It may be hard to believe, but “it” — that combination of confidence, authority and personality that makes an executive engaging and inspiring — isn’t necessarily an […]

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Three Keys to Speaking Confidence and Conviction

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group Think of the great leaders you’ve worked with in the past. Think of the speakers or leaders who stood out or inspired you, and consider what it was that made such an indelible impression. Wherever they may come from in the world, […]

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Three Simple Messages for Stronger Communication

The other day I was playing with my kids, and my elder child asked me more about what I do at The Latimer Group. I gave him what I thought was a good answer… “we provide coaching and training to…” But my answer wasn’t super helpful to a nine-year old. So I took another stab […]

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George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018

On November 30, America and the world lost a great man and a good man, with the passing of our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush. His passing gives us the excuse to examine him and his legacy… and to take a good, hard look in the mirror. President Bush (often referred to as “41”) […]

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Embracing The Human: Using Empathy To Connect With An Audience

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council, September 2018. As a coach, I see a lot of different kinds of speakers: those who are confident and controlled and others who are nervous and still figuring out how to get their point across. And I’ve had people ask, “Don’t you sometimes want to laugh at how bad some […]

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Sharpen Your Skills: A Look Ahead at Our New Courses for 2019

Chances are, if you’ve been through a workshop with The Latimer Group, you’ve had the opportunity to stand and deliver a presentation and receive feedback on the spot. We help our clients refine their messages to be more succinct and to the point, boost their confidence, and enable people to deliver with powerful presence. We […]

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John McCain and the Lost Art of Compromise

America lost more than a well-known politician on Saturday, August 25. We lost one of the last leaders of a breed that is not only dying, but might perhaps now be extinct. We lost a politician who was not afraid to speak his mind, but always did so with respect and decency for those with […]

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