How Small is Your Small Talk?

How Small is Your Small Talk?

  When you run a meeting, or attend one, do you jump right into business or start with a bit of “small talk”? That was a question posed to me last week during a presentation workshop I facilitated with a group of analytics professionals. Everyone agreed that yes, small talk matters. The real question became…

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Feeling Vulnerable at Work: When Hiding is No Longer an Option

Feeling Vulnerable at Work

  Moving from a job that is “behind the scenes,” maybe something technical, analytical or numbers focused, to a role that is more people or purpose focused can feel uneasy or unnatural. Today we’re talking about feeling vulnerable at work, “hiding in plain sight” and the importance of letting yourself shine. Hiding in Plain Sight…

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Public Speaking Courage – Do You Have It?

Public Speaking Courage

Business needs more public speaking courage. Do you have what it takes to challenge the status quo, stand out and be memorable when you speak? Last week I had coffee with Karen, a local mortgage broker. She’s an upbeat, fun-loving individual who I met through networking and thought, “I need to know this person.” As…

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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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Do People Tune Out When You Talk?

Do People Tune Out When You Talk?

Has this ever happened to you? “In meetings I can see eyes glazing over and sometimes the client gets up and takes a phone call! How can I keep people from tuning out when I talk?” This question came up in a recent workshop on making meetings more engaging. And it’s not the first time…

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Poise Under Pressure

I love rock & roll. So when my husband, Michael, and I had the chance to see Joan Jett & the Blackhearts play at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston last month we jumped at the chance. At 59 years old, Joan Jett still knows how to rock the stage! Her look hasn’t changed…

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Video: Breathe. You’ve Arrived.

Do you ever feel nervous, distracted or unable to focus before a high stakes meeting, conversation or presentation? Taking a few slow deep breaths upon arrival can help calm nerves or get focused. Breathing is what today’s video newsletter is all about. Including a short guided breathing activity (starts around the 2 minute mark). Enjoy.…

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Are Your Presentations Heartless?

Have you ever sat through a meeting or presentation and thought, “When is this going to end? It’s so boring I’d rather clean my bathroom.” It’s ok to say yes. You’re not alone. The good news is presentations (and meetings!) don’t have to be boring. Keep reading to find out how to bring more heart…

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