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The Case for Creating a Third Mind

Many of us, as children, were told at least once, “mind your own business”. If this is the case with you, that directive just may have become a foundation in your business ownership. You think things through, you keep successes and challenges close to the vest, and you and only you shape your next steps. .. read more

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3 Tips for Preparing Your Speech

Too many of us have been there.¬† The CIRCUMSTANCES We’ve been selected to speak at an event and now we need to gather our thoughts on the topic. Seems overwhelming. We wonder where to begin and where to end. The PROBLEM Yet once the ideas surface, they come in waves. Is there enough time for .. read more

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On April 10th, 2015, posted in: anxiety, audience, hone your message, practice, preparation by

Two Steps can Save People-Pleasers

Many of us are people-please’rs. As such, we have had many occasions to share encouraging, exciting conversation, and no doubt just as often have needed to discuss the difficult. In these hard occasions we may sit back and ask ourselves, “How will so/so think about this new development?” Maybe a boss is expecting something from .. read more

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On March 26th, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

Listeners can’t understand you? Try this.

Your pace may help you get things done, enter conversation, make decisions and get results. But that doesn’t mean your pace works for listeners. They may be overwhelmed by your rapid delivery and decide to tune out. I know you don’t want this. So what do you do? You’re not the only communicator dealing with .. read more

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On March 13th, 2015, posted in: clarity, communication, engagement, pace by

Want to be a great communicator? Focus on this one thing.

It takes discipline to be a great communicator. Nancy Duarte, Resonance None of us has any more time than the next person. Yet some of us wish we had done better to plan our next speech Рtaken more time to think it through, to rehearse or even to relate it to our listeners. As easy .. read more

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What Listeners Notice When You are Nervous

What they see may surprise you. Ever stood in front of a group to speak when a case of the nerves blindsides you? Many of us have, and most of us think that whatever we are feeling is obvious to our listeners. We can’t focus on anything more than our own discomfort, and it stands .. read more

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On February 20th, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

Every Day Mantra for Attorneys and Other Introverts

“Get Out There” You may be a leader, a business developer, a trainer or a co-worker. Any of these roles require noticing how your efforts affect others. If you’re daily activities include research, analysis, drafting or any other form of content-creation, you, in part, do justice to your profession while you remain in a passive .. read more

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Understand Your Communication Style, Grow Your Business

We know whether we like speaking or not, how well we do in groups and whether we’re willing to have challenging conversations. With those feelings firmly rooted in our bodies and minds, we become selective about activity that builds business. Either we run out and get in front of people because we like to or .. read more

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Regret being Wishy-Washy?

In the general public, a good (yes, they are good) 35% or more of us are peace-keepers, motivated to create calm. Looking out for the interest of others, we would rather avoid conflict than enter an anxious discussion, which leads us down a slippery slope. Let me explain why this is a problem: peace-keepers are .. read more

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On January 23rd, 2015, posted in: anxiety, behavior, communication, out of the comfort zone, pace, purpose by

Can I Coach Myself on Communication Style?

When it comes to being the eyes and ears of our own value, what do you think? Can you coach yourself on how you come across? to others? If you’re the typical attorney, you want to make sure you think about things that matter. A few things to think about: Oral communication isn’t the same .. read more

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