Making Assumptions

Imagine this. You go into a business meeting and the person running the meeting says, “OK. We’re going to play a game called assumptions. Each of you will stand up while the rest of us write down the assumptions we have about you. You can’t say a word.” You might walk out, right? Yet that’s…

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Is Your Communication Up For Interpretation?

Is Your Communication Up For Interpretation?

Last week my mom, sister and I went to an art exhibit called “Art in Bloom” at the Medfield (MA) Public Library. It was a collaboration between Medfield High School students and local floral designers. In short, the students created art – painting, drawing, photography, digital graphics – and the floral designers interpreted it by…

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As a Leader, Do You Encourage Excellence or Perfection?

As a Leader, Do You Encourage Excellence or Perfection?

As a leader or business owner do you value perfection or excellence? How does that play out when interacting with your clients or employees? That’s what today’s post is all about. Last week, while flipping through radio stations in the car (yes, I still listen to the car radio) I came across a song that…

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Communication Skills – Are You Surviving or Thriving?

Communication Skills - Are You Surviving or Thriving?

When it comes to communication skills – things like speaking on panels or at a conference, presenting at client or staff meetings, interacting with employees, or inspiring change within your company or community – are you surviving or thriving? That’s the topic of today’s post. Last week I got a call from a prospect. She…

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Tell Me A Story

Tell Me A Story

Asking people to do something without any context or back story may not get the results you want. Yes, we live in a world where people are busy and don’t have time to read or sit and chat, yet I promise, and wholeheartedly believe, that what we want is deeper connection. So, tell me a…

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Gratitude: One Year From Now

Gratitude: One Year From Now

Happy New Year! Have you thought about your plans for 2019 and what you want to accomplish in business and life? Today’s post is the kick start you need to get it going. Wishing you a year filled with everything you desire. Starting now. If you spend any amount of time online, gratitude pushers are…

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Pause, Breathe, Receive

Pause, Breathe, Receive

Last week I had a video chat with my friend and colleague Jen. I met Jen 2 years ago when she presented at a women’s retreat I hosted. Her background is eclectic. Jen is a salsa dancer/instructor, mindfulness teacher and career coach. She is compassionate and grounded. In a short period of time, we’ve learned…

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Recharge & Refocus in Between Meetings

Recharge & Refocus in Between Meetings

“How did the conversations go?” I asked Julie. She said, “They went well and people seemed to appreciate the time to ask questions. But boy am I drained!” Talking to people can feel exhausting! See, Julie is in the midst of communicating big changes to her employees, and they have a lot of concerns regarding…

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Use Metaphors to Bring Ideas to Life

Looking for a way to spice up your speeches and presentations and connect better with your audience? Metaphors can help you do just that. Last week my husband, Michael, asked me for some public speaking help. He was preparing to speak at a human resource conference about building a leadership coaching culture in business. “I…

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Is That Your Problem to Solve?

Is That Your Problem to Solve?

This one’s for the thinkers and problem-solvers. Do you love a good challenge to think things through, connect the dots and come up with a solution? Me, too. And that leads to burnout, fast. I didn’t know I had a problem until my friend and client, Gwynne, a former lawyer turned non-profit executive Director, pointed…

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