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2 Mistakes Leaders Never Make When They Disagree! – Marshall Goldsmith

2 Mistakes Leaders Never Make When They Disagree! – Marshall Goldsmith | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 17, 10:08 AM
There are two mistakes that great leaders never make when they disagree. 

Not listening 

Point out why others are wrong and they are right
 
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Millennials Are Struggling With Face To Face Communication: Here's Why

Millennials Are Struggling With Face To Face Communication: Here's Why | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

We love talking about what millennials know. As a group that’s become the dominant force in the workforce, we applaud their smarts on tech, social media, and even the age-old practice of branding. Yes, millennials might arguably be one of the overall most intelligent generations to come around. However, that’s not to say they still don’t have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to face-to-face communication.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 1, 8:52 PM
To connect is technical .and temporary. To relate is to communicate and live in community. It provides a sense of belonging to a place and people.

It is not just the millenials who struggle. I have seen "teachers" who could not conduct a decent conversation or greet me properly because they were too busy on their Twitter feed.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 2, 8:29 AM

 


Practice  practice practice why  leadership programs should be built around conversations and communicating in the workplace.

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Just For You: 11 Personal ROI's From Mastering Storytelling

Just For You: 11 Personal ROI's From Mastering Storytelling | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
It's been a wild ride coaching and training leaders in business
storytelling. Over the years, here are the 11 amazing ROIs I've received as
a business storyteller. You will receive these same gives as you too,
master business storytelling.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 20, 5:15 PM

Of course, there are hard and soft ROIs your business will experience with business storytelling.

 

But hardly anyone talks about the ROIs you will personally gain from mastering business storytelling. So I spent some time putting this blog post together, talking just about these benefits.

 

Dig in here and see what is possible for you. You may be surprised!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Check out her website at www.juststoryit.com

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Presentation Skills – The painful truth about your bad habits

Presentation Skills – The painful truth about your bad habits | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Professionals looking to develop their presentation skills have one major concern aside from anxiety; it’s their bad habits.

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Make a Winning Presentation

Make a Winning Presentation | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

Many presentations read like lengthy novels. In business, however, audiences don’t want a book. They want the bottom line. This requires a different approach.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 17, 9:55 AM
Do you know how to craft a winning presentation? Try these steps on your next one, whether it is a monster deal or an internal project.
 
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Four Reasons You Hate Networking And What To Do Instead

Four Reasons You Hate Networking And What To Do Instead | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

If you’re a normal professional, you may just feel at least a smidge of apprehension or resentment when it comes time to drag yourself to (or get dragged to) a professional networking event. Sure, sure, the crab puffs might be killer, but there are so many things to not love about these shindigs that I’d be here for hours if I tried to highlight each one.

 

Because that doesn’t sound fun for either of us, let’s start with four common reasons why you don’t enjoy them—even when you know (or suspect) they’re important to attend. And then let’s find a better option for every stinking one of them.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 15, 2016 4:30 PM

The standard networking mixer doesn't exactly bring out the best in most of us. Here are some alternatives that do.

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Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating

Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

There’s definitely some truth in the wisdom that it’s better to overcommunicate than undercommunicate. Ideally, every manager gives their team members just enough direction to get on course and the leeway to do their thing free of micromanagement.


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, November 20, 2016 11:42 PM
Overcomunication can sometimes be ineffective communication. repetitive and redundant information has the tendency to fall on deaf ears. I have learnt this the hard way while teaching senior students in school! Students 'zone out' when they listen to information that is repetitive, resulting in 'overcommunication!' Professionals, especially in leadership positions can avoid the curse of overcommunication by taking care about the timing of the communication, ensuring that it is not redundant, examining its value, and ensuring that it is coherent, according to the the writer.
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Business Success: The Power of Owning Your Story

Business Success: The Power of Owning Your Story | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
We all have parts of our story that are a little more difficult to own up to than others. And, since, as humans, we are wired to avoid pain, we ofte

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 7, 2016 2:36 PM

What a powerful post with invaluable reminders of just what can happen when we really own our stories.

 

I see the transformation that's talked about here all the time with my clients. They are unsure of how to tell their stories. Or some stories remain unfinished and untold because no one was there to help them resolve what happened in their story.

 

But once they are able to find their voice and own their story, amazing things happen: greater confidence, presence, stature, compassion, humility, clarity of purpose, etc. This all leads to more profound results in their business. You may never tell that story to others, yet the effect is the same.

 

We all have stories that we don't own, that keep us from harvesting the results we really want. Time to get to work on those stories :)

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Leadership and The Art of Effective Listening

Leadership and The Art of Effective Listening | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

There is no leadership, personal or organizational, without listening. In fact, ability to truly listen (and not just hear) is the foundation of having a conversation, building trust, influencing others, resolving conflicts, driving your vision, building relationships, implementing change and...


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Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, November 1, 2016 8:44 AM
Leading starts with listening. Key idea, specially for the younger...
Brad Merrick's curator insight, November 2, 2016 4:50 PM
Being able to listen with focus and empathy is key, whereby those in our care feel supported and heard. In a world where everyone is so busy and time often seems to be the commodity that we have the least of, this diagram really serves to remind us that we need to listen constructively, suggest skilfully and try to understand the emotion of those we are engaging with in all that we do. Purposeful listening rather than just hearing is key.
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3 Keys to Ensuring You Make a Difference In Speaking Up

3 Keys to Ensuring You Make a Difference In Speaking Up | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Here are 3 keys to ensuring you will not only be heard as you speak up, but also make the difference you intend to make as a leader.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 20, 2016 10:32 AM
Sure, speaking up may be risky. It may require courage to face your fear or step out of your comfort zone. But don’t let that stop you. We need you to lead!
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5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication

5 Tips For Improving Leadership Communication | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

Leadership communication is much more than the words we say and how we articulate what we want to team to “hear.” Effective communication is also about emotional intelligence, knowing your audience and active listening.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 25, 2016 9:53 AM
(From the article): Stay calm and be positive. Calm is contagious. And so is panic.Smile. Carry yourself with confidence. And try not to wear your emotions on your sleeve. I am not saying to deny our normal human functions but be aware that effective communication is about 7% the words we say. The rest is about body language, tone and delivery.
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9 Great Presentation Tips to Influence Any Audience - Mindful Presenter

9 Great Presentation Tips to Influence Any Audience - Mindful Presenter | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Life itself is full of presentation tips when you take a moment to reflect. When I was a small boy my parents invested enormous energy trying hard to influence so much of my behaviour, beliefs, emotional development, character and even aspirations. As they worked on me at home, at school it seemed my teachers roles seem to …

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Biz Storytelling Savvy: Tale of A Shoe Salesman and Marketing Visionary

Biz Storytelling Savvy: Tale of A Shoe Salesman and Marketing Visionary | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
It started out like any other day in the fall of 1979. In the morning, I would attend classes where I was finishing up my degree in marketing. And in the afternoon, to pay for those classes, I would go to work selling ladies’ shoes at a nearby shoe store with the artless name, Shoeland.   Anyway, little did I know, that on that day, at a job I absolutely hated, that the store manager, Joey Kaswalchezck, (aka Joey K or Joey "buy a vowel") -  a guy who dropped out of high school because "it didn't pay very well" would tell me something tha

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 28, 2015 7:05 PM

What a great story! And it contains timeless wisdom for any business or story professional that goes beyond sales. What's the bottom line for business storytelling? The answer is the key message of provided here. This post is written by my biz story branding colleague Jim Signorelli. It's a quick read so don't hesitate to dig in.


Read it. Keep it. Share the story and where you got it from. You'll be glad you did.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her business storytelling curation at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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This Three-Word Phrase Is Subtly Undermining Your Authority

This Three-Word Phrase Is Subtly Undermining Your Authority | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

You don’t need to be told why it matters to be transparent and honest at work–that much is a given. So is the overall usefulness of expressing yourself clearly, confidently, and with as few filler words as possible. But in the effort to do that, many of us fall back on common expressions that might sound totally fine in social situations but can do some quiet damage in the workplace. One of them is “I’m sorry.” Another is “to be honest.”

 

The latter turn of phrase–and versions of it, like “honestly,” “frankly,” “if I can be honest with you,” or “let me be frank”–is easy to resort to when you want to cut through the crap, come clean, or offer your unvarnished opinion. But these expressions also tend to attach themselves to–and subtly encourage–certain messages that are either better left unsaid or ought to be rephrased. Here are times when “to be honest” can make you sound less authoritative around the office.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 6, 7:07 PM

Sounding confident, transparent, and truthful doesn’t require any prefaces.

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The New Elevator Pitch: Share Your 'Why,' Not Your 'What'

The New Elevator Pitch: Share Your 'Why,' Not Your 'What' | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

I can remember just a year ago when, by chance, I found myself having a conversation with a woman affiliated with the United Nations. I began to open up to her about my vision for reimagining higher education.

I recognized there wasn’t anything logical about why she should be interested in my idea. I didn’t have much to show for it like a fancy website, sponsors or a big social media presence, but I did have one thing that set me apart—passion. I was able to convey my “why” behind my project, the burning need I felt for the education system to expand its horizons to prepare students for nontraditional career paths. She was immediately enrolled, and on the spot she invited me to present my idea to the UN in 3 weeks.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 27, 7:56 PM

The classic 60-second elevator pitch in which you share "what" you do is outdated and ineffective. Learn how to craft a pitch that will instantly enroll others by sharing your "why" instead.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 29, 10:55 AM

Delivering the why is most important  today in sales  and leading sales people ... 

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Four Questions You Should Always Ask Before Starting A New Work Project | Fast Company

Four Questions You Should Always Ask Before Starting A New Work Project | Fast Company | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

You might just want to dive in head first, but stopping to make sure you’ve got all the information you need can save you later on.


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You might just want to dive in head first, but stopping to make sure you’ve got all the information you need can save you later on.

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Book review: Corporate Energy: How to engage and inspire audiences

Book review: Corporate Energy: How to engage and inspire audiences | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

'Everyone can learn from this book, believe me!'


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Book review: Corporate Energy: How to engage and inspire audiences
 
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How to deal with Negative Feedback

How to deal with Negative Feedback | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
No one likes negative feedback.
And it takes a lot of maturity, positivity and experience to handle these situations.

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Want To Be A Better Speaker? Choose Your Words Less Carefully

Want To Be A Better Speaker? Choose Your Words Less Carefully | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
 

That last speaker you heard probably found a way to say something just right. She was so articulate, you thought. Maybe you left considering your own upcoming speaking opportunity, thinking to yourself, "If only I could choose my words so well..."


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 1, 2016 4:35 PM

Yes, your words matter just not as much as you think.

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5 Common Communication Misfires (And How To Avoid Them)

5 Common Communication Misfires (And How To Avoid Them) | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
 

Miscommunication happens frequently in life and work, partly because technology allows us to communicate faster, but not necessarily better. 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 10, 2016 5:55 PM

Tech enables faster communication, but that also means there's a greater chance to say something you didn't intend.

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How Leaders Can Make Their Message More Memorable

How Leaders Can Make Their Message More Memorable | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
3 tricks that allow you to tap into how our memory works so you can craft messages that your employees and customers won't soon forget.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 31, 2016 10:16 AM
(From the article): We value things for their aesthetics, such as clothes and decorations. We also seek hedonistic values because they evoke sensory pleasure, which is why we enjoy good hotels and fun nightclubs. Sometimes, we make choices because of situational value, such as selecting Champagne versus wine because of a special occasion. And when we are really picky, we base our actions on holistic value, such as choosing a vacation in Paris, which will appeal to a range of values, from emotional to epistemological, aesthetic to hedonistic. You can find out what your audiences value most by using surveys, interviews, observation, or social media analytics. For example, a service like Sprout Social has a “discovery” feature, which allows you to tap into your followers’ update feeds and figure out what they find important. For your next content development project, consider this: it is not sufficient to be memorable to stay viable in business. You must be memorable and actionable. Taken together, these 3 measures will ensure that the ideas and messages you push forth are not soon forgotten in today’s noisy, social media-driven world.
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How to Give an Emotionally Intelligent Presentation

How to Give an Emotionally Intelligent Presentation | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

Emotions play an active role in almost all of our decision making. That's one reason why emotional intelligence, the ability to identify, understand, and manage those emotions, is such an invaluable skill.

 


 

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"But how specifically does emotional intelligence help us with our daily tasks? Here are three tips to make sure your next presentation is emotionally intelligent: . . . "

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, October 4, 2016 5:18 PM
The Learning Factor's insight: View your presentation from your audience's perspective instead of your own.
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Leader Storytelling: The Pivotal Stories You Should Be Able to Tell

Leader Storytelling: The Pivotal Stories You Should Be Able to Tell | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Since starting his career as a U.S. Marine, Don Faul has led operations at Facebook, Pinterest and now Athos. Here are the stories he tells to rally big teams to do their best work.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 25, 2016 1:34 PM

This article is long -- but both good. The author interviews Facebook VP of Online Operations, Dan Faul where Faul expresses his conviction about the necessity  of great storytelling for leaders.

 

Not only does this article talk about what makes a great story, but it actually discusses 3 pivotal stories every leader needs to tell -- including a personal failure story.

 

Faul makes lots of great points, and shares both the why and the how storytelling has made such a huge difference for him. Right on!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Being a Business Storyteller: The Four Truths

Being a Business Storyteller: The Four Truths | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
The stories that move and captivate people are those that are true to the teller, the audience, the moment, and the mission.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 7, 2016 11:09 AM

Here's an article that shares the 4 truths of storytelling that every leader, entrepreneur, or business storyteller needs to practice.

 

Plus, I love the story that is shared in the beginning that sets the whole tone and reason for the topic. It's a thorough piece tackling some of the misconceptions of business storytelling, and how to think straight about it.

 

I know you will enjoy this piece, and take away some great insights that will either help you personally on your storytelling journey, or help you share the importance of business storytelling with others.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Thinking Strategically about Leadership Storytelling: 4 Steps

Thinking Strategically about Leadership Storytelling: 4 Steps | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
There is no denying that storytelling is on people’s minds these days, especially in terms of communication skills leaders need to effectively direct, influence and inspire others.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 8, 2015 5:13 PM

Well, I really like this post because the author Bill Baker, gives us 4 steps for how to craft a story/presentation with the audience as your focus. Yahoo!


Articles of this kind are not that common. We mostly see posts on how to structure a story or presentation. The gold in this article are the suggestions Baker gives us to hone in on the audience first.


Try this out and see the difference it makes in the quality of your interactions with listeners.


Story on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

Insight Narrator's curator insight, December 10, 2015 5:03 AM

A good article on the importance of beginning with the end in mind and considering 'why' you are telling a story to make your point.  To do this you need to align not just your story to the audience needs - but also to the expected outcome you want to achieve. Not story for story sake.