Networking

Grow A Greater Life By Having Better Conversations

Grow A Greater Life By Having Better Conversations

Does the phrase conversational competence mean anything to you? If it does, great, you’re ahead of the game. If not, buckle up ‘cause it’s about to get a whole lot more important. We define conversational competence, quite simply, as the ability to exchange thoughts and ideas in a sustained, cogent and civil manner...

Chicken, Coffee & Connectedness

Chicken, Coffee & Connectedness

In scrolling through my feeds this morning, I saw not one but two articles regarding manners and making human connections. This struck me as significant. In a world chocked full of horrific shootings, nasty politics and vapid celebrity-ism, is it actually any wonder that “please,” “thank you” and connectedness are noteworthy? One fast food company is slaying the competition with respect to customer service...

Flipping The Script

Flipping The Script

For several years I’ve taught communication & soft skills to corporate clients as well as high school and college-age students. My clients have ranged in age from 14 to 75 and have included both/all genders, races, religions, corporate titles and socioeconomic positions. Over those years, one thing has become glaringly obvious to me. Women don’t know how to speak about themselves...

3 Ways To Grow Your Presentation Bravery

3 Ways To Grow Your Presentation Bravery

Recently I had a consulting client who was extremely nervous about giving her presentation. She repeatedly lamented that the organization should pick someone else to do the public speaking and that she really, really didn’t want to do it. Client X resisted and she procrastinated. She talked about how theoretically she could do it, but didn’t want to do it, although in her life scheme, she saw herself as a person who would do it … at some point...

No More Attendance Trophies

No More Attendance Trophies

Showing up is great, but engagement makes you relevant. We put a premium on attendance. We’ll provide certificates and trophies to kids who don’t miss a day of school or who attend every soccer practice. At work, we’ll hoard personal time or extoll the nose-to-the-grindstone-ness of the employee who hasn’t taken a vacation in years. And while attendance is great, you know, it’s fine, it doesn’t clock actual participation...