Upping the Energy Level in Virtual Meetings

(3-minute read) Why is it that when one person yawns, everyone yawns? The power of suggestion is strong in person and even more pronounced on video calls. Like most of us, I spend more time than I’d like on Zoom. Many calls that I organize and run involve executive or staff trainings. Yet, it’s the [...]

By |2020-10-06T20:02:04+00:00October 6th, 2020|Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Recent Posts|Comments Off on Upping the Energy Level in Virtual Meetings

Recommit to Networking

(3-minute read) Before most of us began to work remotely and depend on Zoom calls and virtual conferences to stay productive, finding the time to network was hard. If you’ve nudged networking aside because you’re “sick of looking at your computer screen” you may want to reconsider the role networking may play in your current [...]

By |2020-07-07T15:36:37+00:00July 7th, 2020|Career, Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on Recommit to Networking

Answer Questions

(3-minute read) Kudos to Ken Blanchard, author of the One-Minute Manager for his now- famous line, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” In today’s ‘open conversation’ culture, most of us avoid pointing out what we don’t know. All too often, when we hear something we don’t understand, or someone uses an [...]

By |2020-06-15T13:59:47+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on Answer Questions

What Macie the Puppy Reminded Me About Being Memorable

(2-minute read, and a puppy picture) It’s the season for parties. While we go to parties to celebrate and have fun, some gatherings, notably with business colleagues, offer unique opportunities to create memorable impressions that can help you in your career. This is Macie She’s the last puppy of a big litter. Friends brought her [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:00:12+00:00December 10th, 2018|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on What Macie the Puppy Reminded Me About Being Memorable

I Wish I Had Done That…

Read Time: 2-minutes, plus activity. First, I buy cheesecloth. Why? Because when I cook Thanksgiving, it's the ONE thing I always need that's almost impossible to find on Thanksgiving day. Buying cheesecloth got me thinking about planning for stuff that we wished we had done "then" that we could be doing "now". November 1 begins [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:00:36+00:00February 19th, 2018|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on I Wish I Had Done That…

But, That’s Not What I Meant!

(Read Time: 2 Minutes) Ever have a GREAT IDEA? One you KNOW will gather enthusiastic support? You're SO SURE of your idea that you JUST CAN'T WAIT to put it out there. But before you launch your idea into the world, talk it through with a Trusted Peer. Reviewer feedback helps avoid launching ideas that are confusing or mystifying   The Value of Peer Review [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:00:46+00:00October 9th, 2017|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on But, That’s Not What I Meant!

My Millennial Mentor

(Read Time: 1 1/2 minutes unless you are answering the questions at the bottom) For two years I have been looking for a mentor, a person to challenge my thinking and broaden my perspective. At long last my search is over. I have found my mentor. She is 28.   Why a Millennial Mentor? A millennial [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:01:03+00:00April 4th, 2017|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on My Millennial Mentor

The ‘I’ in Team: Celebrating the Introvert

(Read time: 3 minutes) Newsflash: Not all CEO's are extroverts The news is full of splashy headlines about brilliant leaders like Elon Musk, Evan Spiegel and Marissa Mayer taking public risks and changing industries. This post is not about them. It is about Paula*, CEO of a large, complex social services agency in transition. Paula [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:01:16+00:00April 3rd, 2017|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on The ‘I’ in Team: Celebrating the Introvert

THE HAMILTON FACTOR

(Read Time: 3.5 Minutes) The unprecedented success of Hamilton is the wonder child born from the unlikely marriage of Hip Hop and History. But the influence of Lin Manuel Miranda's blockbuster musical is bigger than 11 Tony Awards 8 Million $ Rockefeller Foundation grant to subsidize student tickets 7 Drama Desk Awards 2 White House appearances 1 Pulitzer Prize for Drama [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:01:31+00:00July 6th, 2016|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on THE HAMILTON FACTOR

Communication Strategy Brought to you by Woody and Buzz

In fairness, the strategy really comes from John Lassater, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Although it's fun to visualize Pixar's storylines being hatched late at night by a bunch of caffeine fueled creative geniuses, in reality Pixar's exceptional movies are the product of controlled creativity. Controlled creativity creates a consistent level [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:01:48+00:00May 5th, 2016|Interpersonal Communication, Recent Posts|Comments Off on Communication Strategy Brought to you by Woody and Buzz
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