Ever observed a situation where two people were discussing a topic, but you couldn’t tell if they agreed or disagreed? Or how about two people talking while one gives the “deer in the headlights” look?
How often do we communicate strictly from our own point of view, without worrying if the receiver(s) of our message is [...]
Have you ever heard a speaker say, “Before I start…” (or something similar) when beginning their presentation? Are they using phantom time?
Bad news – “Before I begin…” was, well, before…you…began…
That’s right, once your introduction is complete, everything you say is counted [...]
I found an interesting site, www.thehopefullibrarian.com where there are a plethora of book reviews. I also found an interesting challenge:
The challenge: read those books sitting around your house, apartment, room, or other domicile that have been waiting to be read for days, months or years. Called the “To Be Read” or TBR Stack. [...]
Last week I had the opportunity to hear author Paul White, coauthor of the book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Gary Chapman. His presentation was titled, The True Value of Diamonds.
He started by discussing the value of diamonds. Looking beyond the shiny and pretty, you’ll find Diamonds are used extensively in in [...]
Running the Gauntlet: Essential Business Lessons to Lead, Drive Change and Grow Profits by Jeffery Hayzlett is my kind of book. I like books about leadership, handling and overcoming obstacles to change and generally getting off your … and getting things done.
More than once I had to put the book down to make some notes or go and do so [...]
Yesterday (Washington’s Birthday) was the last day any of us try to pretend we’re still working on our New Year’s Resolution – according to research I recently uncovered (i.e. made up).
Why is the gym parking lot empty?
Why are the sales of Oreos climbing?
Why did you stop trying?
Did you know that if you made a New Y [...]
I just saw Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D-list) perform here in Wichita. In short, she Rocks. However, my point here isn’t to go on about her (which I would be happy to do). Instead, I want to convey the great example of how a professional presenter can be successful. Here are a couple of important techniques she used that we mortal [...]
As the Toastmasters contest season is progressing, I’ve seen some speakers do a few things that may have cost them the win in their club contests. Of course, one or two corrections won’t make you world champ, but if your making some of these mistakes, you won’t even be club champ:
1. Don’t add words. Rich descriptions [...]
When you speak to a friend or your boss, do you simply talk for 30-minutes without a pause? Do you ask a list of questions and proceed without hearing any answers? Do you read slides to him/her the whole time?
If you answered “no”to these questions, you’re probably normal in that regard. But, would the answer be the same if [...]
How do you manage your network of friends, professional contacts and other acquaintances? Maybe a better question isn’t how, but simply do you? And if not, should you start?
Social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn and others allow us to maintain our networks and stay in touch with those that are important (or not-so-important) to us. [...]