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The Learning Myth That Should Not Die - hr bartender

The Learning Myth That Should Not Die - hr bartender | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Most of us like learning in a safe environment. Learning involves making mistakes. So the reason a learner might embrace the concept of a “preferred style” is because it provides comfort and safety.
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This is the gem: "Most of us like learning in a safe environment. Learning involves making mistakes. So the reason a learner might embrace the concept of a “preferred style” is because it provides comfort and safety." 


Yup. Nailed it. 

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Why Founders Should Blog — Austin Startups

Why Founders Should Blog — Austin Startups | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Blogging is one of the highest ROI tactics that founders can employ to accelerate growth across the company: revenue or users, employees…
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I think anyone and everyone should blog. The challenge is pursuing improvement... 

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Is Your Sales Onboarding Too Long

Is Your Sales Onboarding Too Long | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Diane Valenti details how to structure onboarding so new sales reps absorb information and incorporate it into their work routine—rather than feel overwhelmed.
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Set aside the focus on sales... to embrace the realization that drinking from a firehose seldom produces value. Instead, if we focus on structure and pace content with application of the lesson, we do better. 

 

It's now the default for all of my programs. 

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Do 3 Out Of 4 Doctors Really Agree? Common Ways Study Data Can Be Misinterpreted

Do 3 Out Of 4 Doctors Really Agree? Common Ways Study Data Can Be Misinterpreted | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Many studies make compelling claims, but a critical look at where the data is coming from can change how you view the results.
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Great set of reminders -- useful to avoid as powerful communicators. Equally useful to use when assessing communication. 

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Career Coach: Yes, you still need strong communication skills

Career Coach: Yes, you still need strong communication skills | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
It can be one of the most important things employers look for in job applicants.
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The key is understanding that structure reveals substance. Most communication training and coaches focus on style. Substance is value, and it trumps style every day. Of course, style is good, too --> when you have the substance figured out. 

 

But know this: ANYONE is capable of learning how to communicate more powerfully. 

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Why there are so many video lectures in online learning, and why there probably shouldn’t be — MIT MEDIA LAB — Medium

Why there are so many video lectures in online learning, and why there probably shouldn't be - MIT MEDIA LAB - Medium
The Internet promised us a revolution in learning. What we ended up with looks more like educational TV on small screens. Why is that? And…
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Yes! This captures my personal concerns (but better) and explains why I'm exploring a better way with the launch of the Straight Talk Framework!

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12 nonverbal ways to improve speeches and interviews

12 nonverbal ways to improve speeches and interviews | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Speaking publicly or giving a video interview, we're careful about the words we speak, but what about a presentation's physical aspects: gestures, eye contact, pacing? The experts weigh in.
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Solid. 

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Longer-Form Articles Work on Smartphones (Study)

Longer-Form Articles Work on Smartphones (Study) | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Good news for publishers dabbling in Facebook Instant Articles: A new study from Pew Research Center found that long-form news articles are more effective among smartphone users.
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How To Persuade People With Indirect Communication | The Art Of Manliness

How To Persuade People With Indirect Communication | The Art Of Manliness | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
What is the best, most effective way to communicate a message to other people? Particularly, a message concerning principles, beliefs, and important truths?
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TEDx secrets to success for every speaker | @StephanieScotti

TEDx secrets to success for every speaker | @StephanieScotti | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
3 big lessons from TEDx talks that can help you in any presentation.
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I love that TED (and variants) have restored the art of preparation and practice to the craft of communication. It's common to spend a significant amount of time getting it right. For an idea worth spreading, the investment is essential. 

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5 Quick Steps to Make Your Half-Baked Idea Sound Much Smarter

5 Quick Steps to Make Your Half-Baked Idea Sound Much Smarter | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Have a great idea but it's not fully formed quite yet? Here's how to come up with something to present to your boss, co-workers, or clients in no time.
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Great approach. It's a bit deceptive, though. Easy to read seldom translates into easy to execute. Stick with it, though. It'll work out. 

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10 Simple Edits That'll Instantly Improve Any Piece of Writing

10 Simple Edits That'll Instantly Improve Any Piece of Writing | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Check out these 10 simple editing tips that'll help you transform dull copy into persuasive, actionable content.
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HUGE fan of 7. 9, 10. The balance are good, too... 

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The Rule of 45 - Texas CEO Magazine

The Rule of 45 - Texas CEO Magazine | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
HOW TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND EFFICIENCY By Warren Ivie Great communication is a hallmark quality of every highly successful organization. Technological advancements over the last 20-plus years have made it easier than ever to find ways to communicate, but in some ways, the sheer volume and variety of communication vehicles that exist today can be …
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Interesting approach. Would you use/adopt/encourage the rule of 45? Why or why not?

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What Causes Uncomfortable Work Conversations And How To Avoid Them

What Causes Uncomfortable Work Conversations And How To Avoid Them | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
The foundation of good communication isn't the words but the feelings underlying them.
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Insightful. Points to the need to focus on the structure of communication, too. Easy to ignore and often overlooked. But it's the key to success. 

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Mastering the Art of Communication: What Big Data Can Tell Us - Knowledge@Wharton

Mastering the Art of Communication: What Big Data Can Tell Us - Knowledge@Wharton | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
There's plenty of anecdotal evidence about what makes a good communicator, but what can science reveal?
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The Six Layers of Knowledge and Better Conversations

The Six Layers of Knowledge and Better Conversations | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
When we're leading and coaching, how can we help others surface more useful information? How can we make those conversations more effective? Grant McCracken is an anthropologist who works at the intersection of culture and commerce, and I've foun
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I love this. It fits well with both the "progression of communication" and the "straight talk framework." 

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What Happens To Your Brain When It Hears A Story

What Happens To Your Brain When It Hears A Story | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Forget the Mariana Trench. The deepest unexplored geographies on the planet are trapped right inside our skulls
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We are wired for story... 

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Confused Customers Cut Conversions

Confused Customers Cut Conversions | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
For ecommerce conversion, confused customers are never a good thing. A confused customer will be slow to order and quick to leave.
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Important consideration when marketing and selling -- and leadership is a lot of marketing and selling. Yes, it takes time to distill to value and connect. Yes, it's worth it. 

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These Optical Illusions Make Drivers Slow Down For Crosswalks

These Optical Illusions Make Drivers Slow Down For Crosswalks | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
Is that a crosswalk or a roadblock?
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This is fantastic. Consider ways we can add "depth" to our communication (without gimmicks). 

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Sell stories, not tech: 8 steps for pitching a hard-to-describe startup

Sell stories, not tech: 8 steps for pitching a hard-to-describe startup | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
When pitching a startup, sometimes the approach makes all the difference.
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Solid advice for pitching (not just startups). 

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The scientific case for doodling while taking notes

The scientific case for doodling while taking notes | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
When I was in grade school, I doodled in class. I got in trouble for it sometimes, because drawing in class can look a lot like goofing off and daydreaming. What I never managed to explain to my teachers is that my abstract swirls and shapes helped me repeat almost word-for-word the lesson I’
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Get back to pen and paper! 

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You Do Not Need the Answers. You Need the Right Questions

You Do Not Need the Answers. You Need the Right Questions | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
It’s not the answers you need to build a strong work culture. It’s the right questions. Here's how to ask meaningful questions
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I recently shared that the right question is more powerful than a correct answer. They beat me to expanding on the theme (I'll write more later)

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Clarity of Message: Why You Need A Great Message & How To Create It

Clarity of Message: Why You Need A Great Message & How To Create It | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
In the early stages of their business, founders often struggle to come up with really strong messaging to describe what they are selling, and this has a huge impact on their ability to raise money, find customers, and attract employees. This is not that surprising, as it can be really hard to arrive at great messaging that is simple and appealing. This post focuses on how to get messaging and positioning right in the early stages of your company.
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How Social Media Is Quietly (Yet Radically) Changing The Way We Buy Stuff

How Social Media Is Quietly (Yet Radically) Changing The Way We Buy Stuff | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
One man's run-in with a Roomba holds a lesson in the ways social platforms are transforming customer experience.
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Don't discount the power of social media... 

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How To Use Voice Pitch To Influence Others In Seconds - PsyBlog

How To Use Voice Pitch To Influence Others In Seconds - PsyBlog | Powerful Communication | Scoop.it
There is something about the voice which is effective in communicating status.
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