Seek first to understand, then to be uderstood!

If you were to take up one thing to be an effective leader this one would be it! Seek first to understand, then to be uderstood! This powerful adage comes from Steven Covey’s brilliant book  “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, which was chosen as one of Forbes’ 20 most influential business books. Personally, this book was a game changer for me and I highly recommend that you read it. At the heart of this subtle saying and principle is the worthiness and value in understanding others. When we make an effort to understand each other magical things begin to...

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Powerful Communication Techniques – Tell A Story!

Story Telling as a Comminuication Technique Many years ago I listened to a great speaker who completely captured my attention with his presentation. As I looked around the room I realized I was not the only one mesmerized by his speech. All 100-plus individuals were spellbound by this person. Why? Because he was a master storyteller. Up to that point my advisory and coaching practice had done well, but as I sat there I wondered just what the potential could be if I began to enliven my messages using stories. As Nancy Duarte points out in Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform...

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Your Network – It will continue to evolve and change

  The Evolution of Your Network   New Flash! Your inner network of Board of Director’s (BOD’S) & Subject Matter Experts will change and continually evolve. Your networking is never done and will continue to evolve and change. The networking activity will slow down as you fill in all of your identified gaps and work with your network. You will continue to fine tune and tweak the network as you grow and your needs change. With time you may in fact completely change your BOD’s and/or you SME’s. It will be rare for this not to happen as your needs change and...

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Tip # 315 – Tips on Networking

  This is a Tips and tricks for networking externally…rules of thumb include; • Always carry business cards and the rule is at least 5-to-7 cards • Pay attention to the business card you are given do not just take it and put it down or away…read it study it and make a comment. • Hand out business cards only after a discussion or if asked • Make eye contact…and work on being well rounded and well mannered….well rounded can also mean have several topics you can speak to get conversations going. • Don’t forget to follow up quickly when making a new contact! • Regardless of external or...

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A well kept secret in communication – Less is More!

  Less is More in Communication! In today’s fast paced world we have to be able to deliver our message in as few words as possible. There are so many challenges on people’s time and attention that we must practice the effective use of less is more. In my years of executive coaching I have insisted that people practice the art and science of the “executive summary”, and “the stump speech or your elevator speech” as examples of less is more. If you watch influential inspiring people in conversations they tend not to dominate the conversation with long...

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Want to look more thoughtful in your communication?

  Then use this technique – The 3 Bullet Press Release Technique This conversation technique (even as an ad hoc presentation technique) is invaluable for anyone interested in taking his or her communication skills and personal presence to the next level.  Its origin comes from classic conflict resolution and presentation training. Simply stated it is a technique used to think, gather, and present your response in a professional composed manner that appears to be well thought out. The end result is a concise clearly defined and delivered communication presentation. How it works is...

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