Give Your Listeners Clarity and You Give a Gift to Yourself

There are 3 things listeners want from speakers or those communicating with them. And you can tell from this title what one of them is – clarity. When they listen to you, do listeners get clarity? Rushing through our thoughts doesn’t give us time to understand them. And rushing through sharing our thoughts suggests we .. read more

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The Biggest Training Void in the Law Professsion

In the 5 years I have been supporting the attorney profession, I have noticed there is something commonly overlooked with regards to professional development. The biggest void in professional skill development for attorneys is in an area that ranks in the top 3 needs of their profession. Of course they need to research – they .. read more

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Hone Your Message

Immediately my attention was heightened by the speaker’s dynamic, expressive energy. The more she talked, the greater her gestures and movement grew. Within 3 minutes, however, my impression of her speaking ability shifted. (Writer’s note, the above picture of Eunice is simply to illustrate great use of gestures – she is not the speaker I .. read more

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On August 30th, 2012, posted in: behavior, clarity, clutter, controllling self, energy, extroverts, flow by

The Value of Just Hiding Out

Last night I went to a networking event that I almost talked myself out of. I had a full day of work without appointments, so it was a temptation not to follow through with the evening event. After a full day of focused work from home, why get showered and dressed for an hour or .. read more

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On May 31st, 2012, posted in: extroverts, planning, recharge, schedule by

Introverts and Extroverts Value Their Contacts

Who are you connecting with this week? My Master Mind groups this month have been focusing on their key contacts for business and relationship development. It is common strategy for pipeline development to make a certain number of calls weekly, seekingface time with those in the position to make decisions on the services we offer. .. read more

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Introverts, Tip to Make the Conversation Easier

One of my clients, an extrovert in many ways, has difficulty with owning authority. Like most of us, she doesn’t want to appear too pushy, so she naturally defers to avoiding some useful conversations. A common situation for most of us, this avoidance leads to her having some complicated situations with direct reports. When she .. read more

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Confidence in Asking

When I started observing jury trials to coach attorneys in confidence and influence, I enjoyed watching opposing attorney communication style and quickly learned a few key things. In general, those who were prepared – mentally and logically – demonstrated the most confidence. But I was thrown by the shift in a confident lawyer’s approach when he/she .. read more

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On March 27th, 2012, posted in: asking questions, confidence, extroverts, introverts, voir dire by

It’s Your Business to Speak

Think of public speakers and immediately extroverted communicators come to mind. They are eager to say what’s on their mind, animated, expressive and energetic – all things that can lend to entertaining speakers. I enjoy the extroverted speakers. I also want to learn and be enlightened by presenters. Here is where the introvert comes in. .. read more

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On February 10th, 2012, posted in: business, extroverts, introverts, public speaking by

Drop an Anchor

There’s a pretty quick way to lose an audience. And that’s with mindless wandering. Many of us introverts have a habit of moving while we pull our thoughts into view, looking at nothing in particular in the room while searching the dark recesses of our brains. Extroverts are full of energy – for them movement .. read more

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Face It

For some of us, success is what we fear. The only real solution is to get over it. And by that, I mean, just Face It. Look it squarely in the eye. Learn what it is that makes us shake and then address it. Similarly, many of us fear getting in front of groups. Whether .. read more

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On January 25th, 2012, posted in: business building, extroverts, fear of failure, public speaking by