Title vs Influence

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Title ≠ Influence “Our executives worked hard to earn their position. Therefore they’re effective communicators.” Most individuals believe that one’s title predicts their level of influence. Influence is not a badge of honor one receives based on their years of service in an organization. We need to consistently have influence to sustain a reputation of […]

Five Lies We Tell Ourselves

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

1. “My executive position requires me to communicate and deliver presentations on a daily basis.  Therefore I don’t need training.”  Your visibility in a leadership role is the reason why you need to continuous practice and receive feedback.  We’ve heard the statement: Lead By Example.  Your teams will only focus on their development if you […]

What Does Your Reputation Say About You

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

One of the worst mistakes we make that hurts our reputation is being tardy. When you show up late you quickly communicate that you don’t respect your listener’s time. My father ingrained this message in my sisters and I early in life: “The easiest thing in the world is to show up on time.” Avoid the […]

Seeing Is Believing

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

You may not be as influential as you think you are. If you have never seen yourself through the lens of your listeners, you may be fooled. The challenge is your lens is tainted by your experiences, knowledge and beliefs. Your lens prevents you from obtaining a true representation of yourself on your own. Nine […]

Grab Attention In 30 Seconds

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

How do you engage your listeners through your words? By getting to the point in 30 seconds or less. Admit it; deep down inside you know you’ve talked in circles, struggled with how to open your message or stumbled over your words. You may even believe, “Once I get started I’m OK.” What this belief […]

Do The Work

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

If communication was so easy, everyone would be effective.” ~ Stacey Hanke Individuals who are consistently influential Monday to Monday are disciplined and committed to doing the work of an influencer. They are committed to practicing, asking for help and learning from their mistakes. They live by the motto: The most difficult things to accomplish […]

Maximize Your Feedback And Excel Quicker

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

What’s the cheapest way to advance your development? Asking for specific feedback. Most of us don’t receive feedback often enough or we receive feedback that’s useless. Perhaps we don’t ask for feedback because we don’t want to hear the truth or we are confident others perceive us as more effective than we really are. Feedback […]

Consistency

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Lack of Consistency = Lack of Trust Do you know of individuals who consistently fall short of the finish line? Consistency is the difference between an influential communicator and a good communicator. An influential communicator is consistent with how they deliver a message and the words they speak during ALL situations. We need to be […]

Confident or Uncertain

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

How do you show up? Do you walk into a room like you belong there? Once you have earned a seat at the table, do you earn the right to stay? Do you attract others to you or chase them away? This is where you make the choice of whether or not you will communicate […]

Grace Under Pressure - Confindence With Q And A

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

You’ve just delivered an influential presentation, sales call or meeting or face-to-face conversation and now dread the inevitable: questions and answers. Most individuals lose their credibility during Q and A. For many, the most challenging part of any conversation is the unscripted part. Suddenly your mind goes blank and the nightmare begins. What if someone […]

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