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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...

The Power of Communication Conviction

The Power of Communication Conviction

Our quest to cultivate greater conversations has allowed me to meet incredible people from all walks of life. It's truly amazing that I have the opportunity to do the kind of work I do; to be able to empower people and help them to build and hone their soft skills. Like all quests, there are seasons of great victory and seasons of defeat. Then, there are unexpected moments in a quest that leave you forever changed...

Infrastructure: 11 Soft Skills Truisms

Infrastructure: 11 Soft Skills Truisms

Infrastructure. It's a word we hear a lot regarding our highways and bridges, and not as much when it comes to people. Merriam-Webster defines infrastructure as follows: the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization). For our purposes, infrastructure is exactly that; the supporting and crucial framework bearing the structure of human interactiveness...

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...