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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Are you really listening?

  Are you really listening? Looking for a way to really get that pressing, important point across? It may surprise you to know that the answer lies in your ability to listen. Effective listening is a tough skill to learn. It’s hard to tell the difference between passive listening and effective listening. It’s easy to look like you are really listening. And it’s easy to lull yourself into thinking you are really listening when you are actually tuning out or formulating what to say next. Until recently this powerful communication technique was nearly absent from...

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New eBook Launch! The Magnificent 7 Communication Techniques!

The “Magnificent Seven” are seven power communication techniques that while simple in message and concept have far reaching use and impact. Why seven? Because that is all you need to be effective in all aspects of your communication. They are simply magnificent! If you could take all that has been written and said about the art and science of communication and boil it down into a select group of high impact themes that you could adapt and use in a number of situations would you use them? The answer to the redundant question is “Yes absolutely!” Welcome to Power...

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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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