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  • Blog Title: Leaders, Are You Asking Enough Questions in These 4 Core Categories? Micromanagers direct. Leaders coach. As a leader, you understand the value of using questions to develop those around you to their highest potential. Questions play a central role in Giving performance feedback Helping team members evaluate their own projects and revise processes for the future Gaining buy-in for you...

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  • Title: 10 Best Tips on How to Write a Book Fast—From the Author of 47 Is writing a book one of your goals for the new year? If so, these 10 tips can make the difference between dickering and done. Now that I’m 47 full-length books down the road (all sold to major publishing houses), plus more than a dozen other compilations, I can attest that these principles work. A couple of my books were writ...

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  • Whether you’re delivering a presentation, emailing a client, or disciplining your teen, direct communication is good. Damaging communication, on the other hand, can destroy a sale, credibility, or a relationship forever. Why does someone consider a remark over-the-top terrible, while another person interprets the same comment as direct, clear, straightforward, even prudent? Why does one media ou...

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  • 4 Misconceptions About How to Be an Engaging Speaker An executive coaching client shared this goal with me: “I want to become a more inspiring speaker so my employees really become engaged and catch the vision for this upcoming year.” The backstory: According to the CEO, this senior leader Tyler, who’d assumed the role of plant manager three years earlier, did not get along well with his 3,000-...

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  • Blog Title: What to Say to Someone When Their Loved One Dies Three times in the past year, I’ve had the sad occasion to have a friend lose a spouse through death: car accident, heart attack, and cancer. As I attended the visitation and memorial service, I couldn’t help but notice how many people seemed at a loss about what to say to their friend or coworker to bring comfort. Of course, just your p...

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  • Meetings often unfold similar to encounters on the playground: Passive and dominating attendees annoy each other and complicate things. So why not simply let the passive meeting participants fade into the woodwork and let the dominators take over the game board? Several reasons: Dominators monopolize and prevent other ideas and solutions from surfacing. Dominators often ramble and repeat themselv...

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  • If You Want to Be Happy, Practice Gratitude The holidays create a great season to bring more happiness into your life. The best way? Reflect on all the things in your life that help you, move you forward, make you smile, and give you satisfaction. Feelings of gratitude lead to love, generosity, compassion, joy, energy, service. The engine of gratitude is mindfulness. Its fuel is activity. So how...

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  • Blog Title: 4 Ways Leaders Make Their Communication Clear As a leader, you’ve probably asked your team dozens of times, “Do you understand?” But I’ll wager you’ve rarely had had anyone respond, “No, I don’t get it.” Instead, they nod, smile, and remain silent, thinking they’ll figure it out later. Some do; some don’t. The best leaders know that the burden to be understood falls on their shoulders...

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  • Blog Title: Interviewing, Emceeing, Q&A From the Audience: Tips for Difficult Situations I recently attended an event where journalist Judy Woodruff interviewed famed architect Santiago Calatrava. That interview surfaced two issues that show up routinely in the workplace: at management and sales meetings, at industry conferences, and during all-hands employee meetings. What do these venues have...

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  • 6 Ways to Improve the ROI of Staff Meetings Ray, our COO many years ago, used to start meetings with 10-15 minutes of chit-chat. While his intention was to promote socializing, the effect was late-arrivers, difficulty in focusing at the start of serious discussion, and low energy throughout the rest of the meeting. I’ve sat through meetings in which attendees fidgeted with their devices, worked ...

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  • Email Greetings: You Lost Me at Hello In the movie Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise barges into his home after an argument and long separation from his wife, starts an explanation meant as an apology, and makes a romantic plea: “You complete me… You…” She interrupts, “You had me at hello.” In case you don’t recall the entire plot, let me just say the similarity to email greetings stops there: Your ema...

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  • In the movie Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise barges into his home after an argument and long separation from his wife, starts an explanation meant as an apology, and makes a romantic plea: “You complete me… You…” She interrupts, “You had me at hello.” In case you don’t recall the entire plot, let me just say the similarity to email greetings stops there: Your email readers are not in love with you. ...

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  • 5 Mistakes Leaders Makes in Responding to Questions Whether meeting with client VIPs, giving a presentation to the executive team, delegating a project, or passing someone in the hallway, leaders get questions. Some challenging, some trivial. But all responses leave an impression: As a leader, you know that people either trust you for the truth—or think less of you than before they asked.What ma...

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  • How Leaders Connect With Their Backstory My husband and I met on an escalator, going in opposite directions. He said, ͞Hey, Texas, wait for me at the bottom.͟ Startled at the commanding voice, I stepped off at the escalator and waited for him. ͞ How did you know I was from Texas?͟ He pointed to my conference badge in the shape of our home state. We chatted for a few moments, and he accompani...

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  • Lessons From Leaders Who Fail Many people today talk about leadership who’ve never led anything more complex than a junior high marching band. They offer this or that principle as if proven under fire when, in fact, their experience has been limited to launching rocket in a game of Battleship. But that’s not to say that you can’t learn from these novice or even failed leaders. On the contrary. ...

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  • Turn Your Talking Points Into Soundbites Movies have trailers. Books have blurbs. Politicians have slogans. Organizations have taglines. Executives have initiatives. Speakers have themes or keynotes. Leaders need soundbites to deliver a memorable strategic message. How do you know if your briefing last week had impact on the senior executive team? How do you know if your staff meeting resonated ...

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  • Little Things Leaders Do That Send a Big Message No doubt, leaders spread their message by taking the microphone at a major conference. But just as with games, movies, apps, and ideas, leaders grow in popularity and reach a tipping point in their influence when employees pass on their views of that leader to their friends and coworkers. That is, Michelle interacts with boss Brent and comments o...

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  • 6 Leadership Traits Rarely Mentioned List the leadership traits you most often hear from conference speakers, read in leadership books or blogs, or study in training programs. I’m guessing your list would include these: inspiring, visionary, passionate, focused, disciplined, decisive, ethical. The lesser known qualities of leadership get far less mention. But still they play a huge role in deter...

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  • Do Manners Matter If You’re the Leader? In serving more than a third of the Fortune 500 organizations as clients, I’ve never worked with an organization whose senior executive team did not have concern for the social skills of their employees. How do I know? Several clues: ––Consulting sessions with many professionals include requests for help from their executive supervisor on social interactio...

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  • Your relationships are made up of conversations stacked end to end. So if your conversations are suffering and irritating to others, chances are your relationships are too. Dianna shares these 4 ways to avoid killing conversations and potentially costing you business, influence and relationships. You can't afford not to hear this! A communication, executive presence, and writing expert, Dianna Bo...

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  • Dianna Booher shares some easy ways for leaders to engage and motivate their team. Often times, leaders make the most impact on people long after the conference or presentation has ended. Here are several things you can begin doing today that communicate understanding, interest and true leadership. A communication, executive presence, and writing expert, Dianna Booher is the author of 46 books (a...

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  • Are you tired of having meetings or conference calls derailed by a dominating person? Time is precious and when one person controls the conversation, communication stops, good ideas are stifled and teams grow weary. Here are some effective strategies to keep discussion flowing and your meeting moving! A communication, executive presence, and writing expert, Dianna Booher is the author of 46 books...

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  • Dianna Booher shares 10 ways that you may be telegraphing what you are thinking, whether it's positive or negative. We all have "tells." The things we say, how we say them, our posture or the degree to which we will share information all reveal what is going on inside our head. You might be confident, organized and in control, but what if you are communicating something different? Watch and see wh...

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  • Dianna Booher shares how to avoid speaker introductions that cause more harm than good. A communication, executive presence, and writing expert, Dianna Booher is the author of 46 books (available in 26 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold). She is published by some of the top publishing houses in the world: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, Warner Books, McGraw-Hill, Th...

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  • Dianna Booher shares the single best way to get cooperation, commitment and help from others. A communication, executive presence, and writing expert, Dianna Booher is the author of 46 books (available in 26 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold). She is published by some of the top publishing houses in the world: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, Warner Books, McGraw-Hi...

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  • Dianna Booher shares 10 take-aways that can be gleaned from even the worst customer service experiences. A communication, executive presence, and writing expert, Dianna Booher is the author of 46 books (available in 26 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold). She is published by some of the top publishing houses in the world: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, Warner Books...

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