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Names Not Numbers: How to network offline in a digital age

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Julia Hobsbawm, founder of the Names Not Numbers ideas festival, talks about how slowing down can generate better ideas.
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Struggling on How to Kick Off a Feedback Session? Try These 3 Tips!

Struggling on How to Kick Off a Feedback Session? Try These 3 Tips! | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

I once conducted interview-based 360-degree assessments with three executives in the automotive industry.

Coming in as a third party consultant, I perceived a cautious skepticism from the leaders under review.

I decided, right at the onset, to create an environment conducive to their learning from the feedback they would be receiving. My goal was to help them be receptive to the comments and to avoid the thought that often comes by default when reading negative feedback: Who could have said that?

My clients and I worked together during the first meeting and agreed to navigate the process while bearing in mind the following three principles:


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Change Your Words, Change Your Life – Thrive Global

Change Your Words, Change Your Life – Thrive Global | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Throughout human history, great leaders have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. From Winston Churchill’s focus on the…
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Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Expertly telling your story is the best kind of organic marketing you can do to promote your art because people care almost as deeply about how you create, as they do about the end product.
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3 body-language tricks for giving employees feedback

3 body-language tricks for giving employees feedback | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Receiving criticism can be challenging. Here's how to soften the blow.
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How To Incorporate Humor Into Presentations In The Most Un-Cringeworthy Way Possible | Fast Company

How To Incorporate Humor Into Presentations In The Most Un-Cringeworthy Way Possible | Fast Company | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Humor can make you look like a stronger leader if you do it right. Here are six tips for telling a good joke.
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10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-format Talk

10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-format Talk | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Here are the ten steps I went through in rehearsing for my talks

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How Much Time Do You Spend Communicating?

How Much Time Do You Spend Communicating? | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
It’s fair to say that 80% to 90% of the average leader’s week is spent communicating. Yet, how much time is spent on planning communications for effectiveness?
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 14, 9:53 AM
Email is not the best way to communicate. Face-to-face, in person, “live”—whatever you want to call it, this is best when communication is about a tough issue or is a tough message. And, remember, there’s no winging it—every communication, even those that are in person, needs to be strategic, prepared for and planned.
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Four Tips For Communicating Well In Nerve-Wracking Situations | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Four Tips For Communicating Well In Nerve-Wracking Situations | Fast Company | The Future Of Business | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
High stakes can make even the most confident speakers crumble. Here’s how to keep it together.
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Want to Be Effective at Giving Feedback? Do These 4 Things

Want to Be Effective at Giving Feedback? Do These 4 Things | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

Most people would agree that feedback is a good thing... in theory. But in practice, who really likes being told that their presentation style is awkward... or that they don't have "presence" in meetings... or that their report or article or book didn't quite hit the mark? Very few of us do.

But critical feedback is essential - for growth and personal development, and in many cases, for the bottom line. So, with this in mind, here are a few key tips to make the entire process a bit less painful and, hopefully, more productive.


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10 Keys To Memorable Brand Storytelling 

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When crafting your brand stories remember these ten keys for greatest impact.

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A linguistic anthropologist explains why, um, “filler words” are OK to use

A linguistic anthropologist explains why, um, “filler words” are OK to use | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
A few days ago, The New York Times published an article by Christopher Mele about so-called “filler words”, telling people to stop using them. Reporting on language often frustrates me, and this was no exception. In fact, thirty-odd linguists—including me—sent them a letter detailing our many concerns with this article. In particular, the article make

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Lingua Digitalis's curator insight, March 2, 10:11 AM
Applauding Dr Barchas-Lichtenstein for a) clarifying the situation about discourse markers; b) standing up against prescriptivism; c) Calling out "experts" whose expertise doesn't come from real schoalrship. Bravo and more of these please
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How to make story your core message

How to make story your core message | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it

"Here's the thing, people buy stories before they buy stuff. The better you get at storytelling, the more likely you'll able to turn people into customers.


Perhaps the key point where I differ with most is that many people still focus on telling their story. I personally think it’s more about figuring out the story your client and prospect is telling themselves already and tapping into that. To show you what I mean, I’ve written a step by step guide below on how to craft your brand’s story for messaging."


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Art Jones's curator insight, March 1, 2:50 PM

John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing has a way with taking big ideas and simplifying them. Simplification is what John does for the art of business storytelling.

 

When you wish to harness your best stories, John shows you how to make stories work for your brand. 

 

It's a short read with a few simple things to do that will make your business storytelling strategy rock! 

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How I Became More Comfortable With Public Speaking – The Mission – Medium

How I Became More Comfortable With Public Speaking – The Mission – Medium | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
I was going to give the worst talk of my life. I was in Kaiserslautern, Germany for a big conference that had accepted a research paper of mine. We found a magic marker and he started redrawing all…
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Work stories

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People like hearing stories. If you can tell a pertinent story, your message has a far greater chance of lodging in the listener’s mind. Stories can be stories about you and your clients, or about other people’s clients, or be more metaphorical as are these:  



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Here’s When You Should (And Shouldn’t) Ignore Other People’s Feedback | Fast Company

Here’s When You Should (And Shouldn’t) Ignore Other People’s Feedback | Fast Company | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Sometimes the same feedback that works great in one situation is worthless in another. Here’s why.
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“You don’t get it. You aren’t the point.” – Startup Grind – Medium

“You don’t get it. You aren’t the point.” – Startup Grind – Medium | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
A brand is a selfish thing.
It was born as an idea about itself, it raised money talking about itself, it sells product talking about itself.
It rightly and correctly does SEO and programmatic advertising and targeted banner ads and webinars and cold calls and feature releases and press releases about itself.
But this is why brands aren’t good at telling stories beyond themselves.
A brand wants people to aspire to its product. To a brand, their product is the customer’s goal.
But people don’t aspire to products.
People aspire to feelings that products give them. This is true for everything from candy bars to sports cars to cloud-based document storage solutions.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 21, 6:05 AM

Story telling is a great marketing opportunity - but you need to turn the triangle upside down to make it interesting!

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Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘4 Iron Clad Rules’ of Persuasive Copywriting

Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘4 Iron Clad Rules’ of Persuasive Copywriting | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Although Winston Churchill was a writer of historical non-fiction, he’d no doubt have a few droll words to share on what it takes to be a top copy dog.
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Steve Jobs "One more thing..." complete Keynote compilation (1999-2011) via Mark Barnes 

Steve Jobs keynotes were often punctuated of memorable "One more things..." moments. FULL LISTING below (all 33 moments): 1999 MacWorld SF: iMacs in color

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25 Words or Phrases to Avoid in Speeches and Presentations

25 Words or Phrases to Avoid in Speeches and Presentations | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
Want to wow audiences in your presentations and deliver your messages successfully? Avoid these 25 'death-dealing' words or phrases!

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What A Speech Coach Told Me About “Speaking Like A Woman” (And Why It’s BS) | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

What A Speech Coach Told Me About “Speaking Like A Woman” (And Why It’s BS) | Fast Company | The Future Of Business | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it




Women are often coached to speak differently in order to command authority. One writer asks how come.

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8 Ways to Spice Up Stories About Your Product - The Copywriter's Crucible 

8 Ways to Spice Up Stories About Your Product - The Copywriter's Crucible  | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
“Grab a cushion and gather round. I have a story to tell.” Everyone has fond memories of story time as kids. And the love of a good tale, of heroes, villains and victory against the odds, never dies. For this reason,

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The Effective Manager Communication Skills Toolbox

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An effective Manager Communication Skills Toolbox is a must for all managers, no matter at what level of experience they are. 


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9 Ways To Enhance Your Presentation Skills

9 Ways To Enhance Your Presentation Skills | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
In a recent article from INC.com, Jeff Haden offers ‘16 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Presentation Skills From 16 Powerful TED Talks’. There’s some great ideas in here and I wanted to take…

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Justin Nguyen's curator insight, March 6, 1:27 AM
Hmmm Belinda Huckle reviews key factors that are used during a presentation.

1. Pathos: always something useful to manipulate

2. ensure the audience takes something from it: Most difficult if even one person of the audience isnt paying proper attention to the presentation. Huckle states that closing with an analogy that holds relevance to all members of the audience can possibly unite them and have them see a common interest. This would also be difficult because of how different people tend to be.

3.... questions: an interesting approach. Usually one saves questions for the end in order to focus on the presentation. A logical course of action. But Ms. Huckle argues that taking question as the presentation goes makes the audience feel like a relevant part of the conversation. I never gave this much thought until a recent presentation where i did this unknowingly.

4.  Calming nerves: basic, but fundamental advice, remember audience is human, don't put too much thought into iit, andd prepare for presentation

5. make topic relevant: follow up... Ms. Huckle seems to be leaning to making the topic a reality by adding on what can be done.... very logical... not sure what realism would do to an audience, but I hypothesize that adding on to it would make it possible to do and get the audience interested in the process.

6. no exucses: there is really not much to say here... they don't care about you. they care about the presentation. and based on her advice. They WILL "shoot the messenger" if it so much as seems like he/she's going to deliver it in a horrible fashion.

7. do not read slides. The presentation is the summary from what i've been told. Let the presentation show minimal info so the audience can focus on you going into deeper detail.

8. keep repeating point: one that has been recently taught in writing, "hammering the info in" so to speak. Humans tend to remember the bare minimum in order to get by.... so it would be natural to push pass this limit by forcing it.

9. time limit. they were promised a certain amount of time... stick to it. this rule is absolute in my opinion.
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Communication: What You May Be Doing Wrong Without Even Realizing

Communication: What You May Be Doing Wrong Without Even Realizing | Growing To Be A Better Communicator | Scoop.it
As a professional, you certainly know the importance of effective communication. Being an effective communicator is not only about the message, it’s also about the mode of communication and the opportunities you provide for feedback.

Your inability to get the point across thwarts your efforts at effective communication. You can’t just send out a company-wide email and assume everything is copacetic if no one replies. The truth may be that you were ineffective as a communicator, and people didn’t understand—or even pay attention—to your message.

There are some things you might be doing to undermine your effectiveness as a communicator, and you may not even know you’re doing them. Here are some communication pitfalls you should try to avoid:

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